Engineering students advance to national competition

Feb 4th, 2014

By Jackey Locke

Fourth-year process engineering students Ricky Bonnell and Erin Lundrigan work on their re-engineering design project, which won them first place.
Engineering students advance to national competition

Undergraduate engineering students competed at the 30th Annual Atlantic Engineering Competition (AEC) held at the University of Moncton from Jan. 24-26. Divided into five different teams – two  senior design teams, a re-engineering design team, an engineering communications team and a junior design team – the students from Memorial did well with seven of the 15 competitors earning spots to compete nationally at the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) next month in London, ON.

In the re-engineering category, process engineering students Erin Lundrigan and Ricky Bonnell won first place for their redesign of safety glasses and a diesel tractor. For this category, competitors had eight hours to improve upon a design before presenting to a panel of judges.

For the engineering communications category, competitors were given 30 minutes to present a technical subject in non-technical terms. Mechanical engineering student John Constantine won gold for his presentation on the technical challenges and potential solutions presented by a manned mission to Mars.

Runners up in the senior design category were mechanical engineering students Brian Peach, Brandon Baker and Collin Rice and computer engineering student Jake Parsons for their design of a robot that could perform brain surgery. For this category, competitors had eight hours to use limited supplies to design and build a solution to a problem presented to them just 30 minutes before the event.

Mr. Constantine, who has competed for the past two years and was instrumental in putting the team from Memorial together, is pleased with how everyone did this year, and is excited that next year it will be Memorial’s turn to host.

“I was lucky enough for this to be my second year competing, and for the second year in a row I really enjoyed the experience,” he said. “I would strongly encourage all of my peers to take advantage of a great opportunity and attend AEC next year for the chance to compete at the nationals when Memorial hosts.”

Prof. Andy Fisher, associate dean, undergraduate engineering, is proud of how well the students from Memorial did, and has high hopes for next year when Memorial hosts CEC.

“The team from Memorial did very well at AEC and we are very proud of them. Competing in events takes a lot of hard work and planning outside of their classes and studies. We are looking forward to hosting CEC in 2015, and having the opportunity to cheer our students on from the sidelines,” said Prof. Fisher.

Memorial is set to host the CEC in 2015. 


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