OTTAWA — The 2017 Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) brought together innovative engineering students from across the province to compete in a three-day event held at Carleton University in Ottawa at the end of January.
The competition was hosted at Carleton to coincide with the university's 75th anniversary celebration. Nearly 300 of Ontario's brightest engineering students from 16 universities competed in one of seven disciplines — junior design, senior design, consulting, debate, communications, innovative design and programming.
Five teams from Carleton University's research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design participated and excelled in the competition, states a release from the Carleton newsroom. First-year engineering students Nicholas Cantarutti (aerospace), Bay Ross (biomedical and electrical), Bernice Reyes (aerospace) and Ian Tissot Van Patot (mechanical) were awarded top prize in the junior design competition.
The contest required teams to build a vehicle capable of safely transporting a Lego figure through a specialized obstacle course. Each team was restricted to a six-hour build time. The winning team won $1,500 and will represent Ontario at the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) in March at the University of Calgary.
Lucas Brewster, a third-year aerospace engineering student, and Kelsey Doerksen, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student, placed second in the communications competition and will also move on to compete at this year's CEC.
Teams in the communications competition were required to present a technical topic of their choice in a manner accessible to the general population. Carleton's team chose to present on the scientific advancements of rovers and their inspiration to future engineers.
In addition to a $2,000 prize, the pair received the competition's Social Awareness Award. Valued at an additional $1,500, the special award is presented to the team whose project demonstrates that engineering solutions can have a great social and environmental impact on society, states the release.
Carleton also placed third in the competition's consulting, debate and programming categories.
All students taking part in OEC initially advanced from previous competitions at their local universities.
"The OEC brings together the most innovative engineering students from across the province so that they may showcase their talents in a manner which benefits their professional development as engineers," said Fred Afagh, acting dean of the faculty of engineering and design, in a release. "I'm pleased to congratulate all of this year's winners and wish the best of luck to our students who are moving on to compete at the national level."