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REF NO.: 69

SUBJECT: Canadian Engineering Competition coming to St. John's, Newfoundland

DATE: Jan. 16

For the first time the annual Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) will be held in St. John's, Newfoundland, and hosted by the engineering student society at Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. This national competition began at Waterloo University in 1984 and has grown considerably to attract the best and brightest engineering students from across Canada, the United States and Europe. This year's event, called Engineering New Horizons, will begin on Feb. 27 and run until March 2 at the Delta Hotel in St. John's.

"Far more than just an academic competition, the CEC provides a vital link between the national student body and the engineering industrial sector. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet employers and compete against your peers in categories ranging from extemporaneous debate to entrepreneurial design," says CEC 2003 co-chair, Colin Clark.

Students must first place at the regional competitions in Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada in order to move on to compete at the CEC. There are seven categories that students can compete in including: corporate design, explanatory communications, extemporaneous debate, entrepreneurial design, editorial communications, team design and senior team design. Each of the categories challenges students on various aspects of engineering. Last year, representatives from Memorial University received the gold for senior design and the silver for entrepreneurial design at the Atlantic Engineering Competition in Moncton, New Brunswick.

"The categories cover the full range of skills required of an engineer," adds co-chair, Sabrina Mallard. "The atmosphere is competitive and the excitement is contagious as teams work together to accomplish their goal."

In order to promote engineering within the community, there will also be a design competition for high school students. This event will be held at the Avalon Mall on March 1 and will mimic the team design category, but at a level appropriate for high school students.

The patron sponsor for this year's competition is the Department of National Defence. "We will be known as the National Defence CEC 2003. Finding a patron sponsor was a big achievement for us and we are thrilled to be working with the Department of National Defence on developing some of the competition categories," Ms. Mallard added.

Students from Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will be travelling to Dalhousie University to compete in the Atlantic Engineering Competition from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Attending will be one team in senior impromptu design and two teams in junior impromptu design, for a total of 12 students.

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