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Students win engineering competition

Four engineering students from Laurentian University won the Ontario Engineering Competition, Junior Design Category, in competition against 14 other universities earlier this year. This is the first time Laurentian University has won this prestigious provincial competition.

The student team, consisting of Andrew Moss (first year, mechanical engineering), Jessica Dean (first year, mining engineering), Graham MacRae (first year, mining engineering), and Patrick Chartrand (second year, mechanical engineering) moved on to the Canadian Engineering Competition hosted by the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton March 5 to 8, but failed to win at the national level.

The Ontario Engineering Competition is open to all engineering schools and disciplines in the province. All teams are given the same design problem and have approximately three hours to solve it, build a prototype, present and operate it. Laurentian’s junior team resolved a water transmission problem with a creative siphon design. Their prototype moved more than 10 times the amount of water compared to their closest competitor, Queen’s University.

The winning Laurentian University engineering team travelled to Fredericton for the nationals, thanks to the generous support of Hatch Engineering, a company that supplies process and business consulting, information technology, engineering, and project and construction management to the mining, metallurgical, manufacturing, energy and infrastructure industries.

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