Memorial hosts national engineering competition
Memorial engineering students welcomed 153 students from all across Canada for the Canadian Engineering Competition held in St. Johns, March 5-8.
The annual competition brings together the best and brightest engineering students from all across Canada, and strives to expand and advance the education of future engineers.
The competition is divided into categories - debate; senior team design; junior team design; consulting engineering; innovative design; engineering communication; and re-engineering. The various categories are designed to test competitors to become innovative and creative engineers who consider environmental, social and economic impacts when making decisions. Competitors qualify for the national competition through one of four regional competitions.
There were 10 students competing from Memorial. Fifth-year process engineering students, Richard Bonnell and Erin Lundrigan, placed first in the re-engineering category and fifth-year mechanical engineering students, Joshua Abeling and Paul Stewart, came in third in the debate category – the first time that Memorial has placed at nationals in the debate category.
Co-chair of the organizing committee and fifth-year mechanical engineering student Tyler Rowsell said the weekend went very well and expectations were exceeded.
“After two years of planning, the competition went off virtually without a hitch, thanks to the hard work of the planning team and all the students who volunteered over the weekend.”
Dr. Greg Naterer, dean of engineering at Memorial, was very impressed with how well the event was executed.
“Our students did an outstanding job with this event,” he said. “It was wonderful to see how well they came together as a team to host this national competition so successfully with more than 150 of the top students from engineering schools across Canada. It was also exciting to see our students with a first- and third-place finishes in two categories. We are very proud of their success.”
Through a fundraising campaign led by Jessica Madore, the Memorial student team rasied over $170,000 to host the event in St. John’s. This is the second time Memorial has hosted this event. The first time was in 2003.