February 7, 2011 1 Comment
MSE Students win 1st place in Senior Design at the Ontario Engineering Competition.
Over the weekend a team of four students consisting of Jamie Hobson, Ian Hillier, David Timmerman and Brian Montgomery-Wilson from the Mechanical Systems Engineering program competed in the Senior Design category at the Ontario Engineering Competition. They were one of the sixteen student teams to compete from the top engineering universities of Ontario. The competition is run by ESSCO (Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario), a society for accredited university engineering programs of Ontario. After MSE’s official accreditation in the fall of 2010, MSE was inducted into ESSCO by unanimous vote in January. This competition was the first ESSCO event Conestoga has participated in.
The theme of the challenge was given out prior to the competition: “Implementing alternative solutions for resource management after failure of the initial design.” On Friday at 7:30PM the teams received the project scope, and had between 8:00PM Friday and 4:00AM Saturday to design, build, and write a presentation on their unique solution. The MSE students forwent sleep for the following day, instead choosing to rehearse for their presentation. On Saturday morning, the team presented their design, and in the afternoon demonstrated it. Conestoga was the only team to successfully perform the two challenges laid out in the competition.
The students will go on to compete with the 2nd place winners from the University of Windsor at the Canadian Engineering Competition held in Montreal this year from March 10-13.
This represents a huge achievement for Conestoga and in particular the MSE program. It is the first time in Ontario that a college degree program has been accepted into ESSCO and won 1st place at the Ontario Engineering Competition; a title previously held only by the most prestigious universities of Ontario.
For more information on the competition please visit: http://www.eng.uwo.ca/oec2011/
The following Universities were competing:
Conestoga College, UOIT, McMaster, Carleton, York, Windsor, UWO, Guelph, Waterloo, Ryerson, U of T, Laurentian, RMC, Queens, and Ottawa.