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Engineering students win BrainSTEM Build-a-thon

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Crouton Labs, a team made up of third-year mechatronics engineering students Drew Gross, Akash Vaswani and Jake Nielsen and computer science student Christophe Biocca, took first place in the Brainstem Build-a-thon. The competition was held as part of the June 25-27 BrainSTEM “unconference” at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. The Build-a-thon included 10 teams of university and college students that worked for 48 hours to create a digital media product. Crouton Labs, a startup from the VeloCity incubator, won for its product called Ropuzzle, an educational puzzle game that teaches robotics to high school students, assembling and programming it to achieve objectives. [DB article]

Baja SAE Team unveils 2012 vehicle

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

On Tuesday, April 3, the University of Waterloo’s Baja SAE design team unveiled their 2012 all-terrain vehicle in Engineering’s Student Design Centre. Designed over the Spring and Fall 2011 school terms and constructed between January and March, the car will take part in a competition in Portland, Oregon, from May 2-5, 2012.

On the first day of competition, the vehicle’s safety and design will be evaluated by judges who will look at aspects such as innovation and serviceability. Then it’s off to the races!

The second day will feature an acceleration test, hill climb, land manoeuvrability test, and rock crawl, leading up to the final event on day three: the four-hour endurance race!

Approximately 100 Baja cars will attempt to complete as many laps as possible during the grueling off-road race, and with obstacles such as mud, logs, steep inclines, and jumps, few will make it to the end.

With a variety of new features from mud guards to a redesigned suspension, the 2012 Baja SAE team is targeting a top-20 finish!

Visit the team’s website for more information, including team members and sponsors, or wish them luck on their Facebook page!

Students take home two third-place prizes from CEC

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Engineering students placed third in two competitions at the 27th annual Canadian Engineering Competition held March 8-11, 2012 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver. Fourth-year electrical engineering students Dhananja Jayalath, Neil Olij, Chris Wiebe and Ryan Mann won third place in the innovative design contest for their muscle activation detection suit. Third-year chemical engineering student Erin Matheson also came third in the engineering communications competition for her presentation entitled Developing techniques for surgical treatment of brain aneurysms.

Engineering students have strong showing at OEC

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Five Waterloo Engineering teams placed either first or second in this year’s Ontario Engineering Competition and will advance to the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held March 8 to 11. Dhananja Jayalath, Neil Olij, Chris Wiebe and Ryan Mann, all fourth-year electrical engineering students, took top spot in OEC’s Innovative Design contest with their Muscle Activation Detection Suit entry. In addition, team members also took home the Technical Excellence award presented to the team displaying the greatest consideration and attention to technical aspects of design.

Second place in the Innovative Design contest went to Ilia Baranov, an electrical engineering student and Melvin Ng, a computer engineering student. Kumar Singh, a chemical engineering student, Drupadh Manjunath, an electrical engineering student, and Ayush Kapur and Dhrumhill Parikh, both mechatronics engineering students, won second place in the Junior Design competition. Second place in the Senior Design contest went to Nevin McCallum, an electrical engineering student, and Cody Prodaniuk, Jeff McClure and Maple Leung, all mechanical engineering students. Second spot in the Engineering Communications category went to Erin Matheson, a chemical engineering student for her topic entitled Developing Techniques for Surgical Treatment of Brain Aneurysms. Waterloo Engineering students won over $10,000 in prize money between all competitions. [OEC website]

Final students selected for 2012 OEC

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Waterloo Engineering students competed against each other this past weekend to choose the remainder of the teams for the 2012 Ontario Engineering Competition. The first-place winners of the junior design team include: Rahul Patel, Tarjote Chaggar, Matthew Vandenberg and William Cullen, all of mechatronics engineering. The top winners of the senior design team are: Nevin McCallum of electrical engineering, and Cody Prodaniuk, Jeff McClure and Maple Leung, all of mechanical engineering. And the first-place winners of the consulting engineering team are: Tim Bandura and Adriana Cameron, both of mechanical engineering, Trevor Jenkins of management engineering, and Marc Tan of civil engineering. The teams will represent Waterloo at the Ontario Engineering Competition in February 2012. This is the second time the Waterloo competition has been held this year — it was also held during the spring term for students currently on a work term.

Midnight Sun gears up to outshine solar challenge competition

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Waterloo’s Midnight Sun team is now in Australia preparing for the 3,000-km World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide which takes place October 16-23. Forty vehicles are participating, including ones from the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and Montreal’s Ecole de technologie superieure. The top teams in the world aim to finish the course in three or four days. The 14-member Midnight Sun X team expects to finish in either fifth or sixth place. [Record article]

Waterloo team takes 2nd in Global Nano Innovation Contest

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

A team comprised of members of Waterloo’s advanced micro-nano-devices lab placed second in the Global Nano Innovation Contest which took place October 4 in Taiwan as part of the Taiwan National Exhibition. First prize was awarded to a team from IBM and third place was taken by a team from NASA. Waterloo was the only Canadian team to participate in the international competition. [contest details]

EcoCAR team gears up with financial boost

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Members of Waterloo’s EcoCAR team received $25,000 from corporate sponsor GM Canada on September 21 to help fuel their drive towards the greening of a Chevy Malibu.Fifteen universities across North America are competing in the EcoCAR 2 challenge that spans three years and is intended to produce an environmentally-friendly vehicle people will want to buy and drive. “Cars are around to stay whether we like it or not,’ said Josh Lo, a chemical engineering student. “Reducing pollution and making cleaner cars is always going to be a goal.” [The Record article]

Electric vehicle student design competition

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Post-secondary (college and university) student teams are invited to demonstrate how they would use technology to influence the introduction of electric vehicles and related infrastructure. The competition is being organized as part of the SmartFutures: Connecting, Energy, Technology and Communities conference being held November 2-3 by the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance.

Teams are asked to design and build a smart device application (iOS/ Blackberry/ Android, etc.) that will address a barrier around adopting new electric vehicle technologies. The abstract submission deadline is September 16, 2011. Contact Karen Conchie,, for more information.

Waterloo students help launch EcoCAR2

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Students from the University of Waterloo, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Victoria today joined representatives from the federal government and General Motors to launch the universities’ participation in EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future. The latest advanced technology vehicle competition challenges these Canadian engineering students, together with 13 U.S. university teams, to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety and other features. EcoCAR 2 builds on the success of the EcoCAR competition that saw the University of Waterloo’s Alternative Fuels Team place third overall. [government news release] [UWAFT site]