Engineering students advance to international competition for the first time
Thanks to a strong performance at the 2014 Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC), engineering students from Memorial will represent Canada at the international level of the event for the first time.
From March 13-16, undergraduate engineering students competed at the CEC) 2014 at the University of Western Ontario in London. Memorial’s team came away with a second-place win and qualified for a spot at the International Engineering Competition this September in Calgary, Alta., this September.
Students Brandon Baker, Brian Peach, Collin Rice and Jake Parsons competed in the senior design category. Their challenge was to protect a fictional Canadian city located at the intersection of three rivers from a potentially devastating flash flood. Their design employed strategically placed dams, a reinforced bridge, wetlands and a visual alarm system for the residents. Judges were particularly impressed by their well-structured design philosophy and their decision to employ a risk matrix to quantify the consequences of an event versus its effect.
“Overall, we gave it a solid effort and it was a great experience,” said Brian Peach. “The competition is a great opportunity to meet some like-minded people and hone some engineering skills that you don't really get to test in the classroom."
Other competitors included Richard Bonnell and Erin Lundrigan, who placed third in the re-engineering category. Their challenge was to modify Google Glass wearable computer so that it could be used in both the civilian and military medical fields. John Constantine also competed in the communications section of the competition.
CEC 2015 will be hosted by Memorial University, and members of the organizing committee also travelled to London to gain some insight on how the competition is structured. Robert Quigley is one of the co-chairs of the event.
"I'm very proud of our three teams who made it to CEC 2014, this is not an easy task, let alone placing in the top three,” he said. “As co-chair of the 2015 competition, I hope to have teams competing on home soil for the first time in over 10 years.”
Prof. Andy Fisher, associate dean, undergraduate engineering, has high hopes for Memorial next year.
“We were very proud of how well our students did at AEC, and even prouder of their success at CEC,” said Prof. Fisher. “The hard work and preparation that goes in to competing in these types of competitions is very impressive given their full-time school work schedules. We are looking forward to hosting CEC in 2015, and having the opportunity to cheer our students on from the sidelines.”
From left are Brian Peach, Collin Rice, Jake Parsons, Brandon Baker, Erin Lundrigan, and Ricky Bonnell posing with their second and thrid place wins at CEC 2014.