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REF NO.: 77

SUBJECT: Memorial engineering students win silver in Atlantic competition

DATE: Feb. 7

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Students from Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science came home from the 19th Atlantic Engineering Competition (AEC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a silver medal in the senior design category. The junior design team scored very well in the competition, but did not place. This annual competition, open to all universities in Atlantic Canada, gives engineering students an opportunity to express their talents, and develop and evaluate their problem solving, communication and design capabilities.

Speaking on the students' success, Dr. Mahmoud Haddara, interim dean of engineering and applied science, says, "Our students competed very well in last year's event and they have continued that tradition this year. We could not be prouder of their commitment and hard work. We are especially proud to have the senior team move on to the Canadian Engineering Competition happening for the first time right here in St. John's."

The senior design competition consisted of designing and building a remote control car that could compete in a head-to-head soccer match. Engineering students Adam Reid, Michael Ricketts, Bradley Drover and Susan Pike were given three electric motors, some popsicle sticks, glue and a few miscellaneous items, and 10 hours to build something that could achieve the given objective. They also had to prepare a technical report and presentation within this time period.

For Term 5 electrical engineering students Adam Reid and Michael Ricketts this was their second time competing at the AEC. They competed last year on the junior design team. "We were asked if we wanted to compete again this year and we jumped at the opportunity. The best thing about it is that you get to apply a lot of what you learn while being creative and building something that is physically real, not just theoretical," said Mr. Reid.

And you learn so much as well, according to teammate Michael Ricketts. "We were given a problem and told to fix it and make something of it in a very short timeframe. It is a great opportunity to learn something new and practice thinking on your feet."

Members of the senior design team will move on to the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) being held at the Delta Hotel in St. John's from Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2003. The organizing committee is busy finalizing the details and, with the Canadian Forces as the patron sponsor, it promises to be an unforgettable event.

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