This past weekend, engineering students from universities across the Province of Ontario participated in the annual Ontario Engineering Competition. This year’s event was organized by a dedicated team of student volunteers at McMaster University. At the event, students participate in one of the following competitions:
- Consulting Engineering
- Engineering Communications
- Extemporaneous Debate
- Innovative Design
- Junior Team Design
- Senior Team Design
For those interested, you can review the Official Rulebook for the competitions. Students often compete in small teams. Some competitions require advance preparation while others involve a design challenge introduced at the competition. All of the competitions require strong engineering skills and communication skills.
Thanks to sponsorship from Hatch, Aecon, OSPE, Crozier, Geotab, BBA, McMaster Engineering Society, Hydro One, MTE, Sandford Fleming Foundation, and numerous local sponsors, the annual event was a huge success. Most participants stayed two nights at the Sheraton Hamilton not far from the university campus. The event featured a welcome gala as well as a banquet at Liuna Station where the results of the competitions were announced. All participants seemed to have a great time at the event.
As a representative of the Sandford Fleming Foundation, I served as a judge for this year’s Innovative Design Competition. This was my 6th year serving as a judge at the Ontario Engineering Competition and my 2nd year serving as a judge for the Innovative Design Competition. I was one of 6 judges for the Innovative Design Competition. The University of Waterloo had two teams competing, one for each co-op stream. Our Waterloo B team placed third with the design of a new stackable battery pack design for use in light duty industrial equipment. The McMaster team placed second with the design of an adaptive car windshield with integrated glare protection. Our Waterloo A team placed first with the design of a medical bed system for preventing pressure injuries. The Waterloo A team was also selected to receive this year’s Social Awareness Award. The Waterloo A team goes by the name of Atlas Medical not to be confused with Atlas Medical or Atlas Medical. You can read more about the winning team on the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering website. The top two teams from Innovative Design Competition will compete at the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held at the University of Waterloo in March 2019.
On behalf of the Sandford Fleming Foundation, I would like to congratulate all of the volunteers, participants, and judges on a highly successful event. Special congratulations go out to all of the winning teams who will represent the Province of Ontario at the Canadian Engineering Competition in March. Next year’s Ontario Engineering Competition will be held at the University of Guelph. Given the huge success of this year’s event, the organizing team at the University of Guelph will have big shoes to fill.