Ontario Engineering Competition returns to campus after 20 years

Carleton University will be hosting the 28th annual Ontario Engineering Competition, on campus, February 9 to 11.

Although it lasts for only three days, many students and staff have been working hard for months to ensure that the event will run smoothly.

The competition, which was first hosted by Carleton in 1986, attracts 250 competitors from Ontario’s accredited undergraduate engineering programs.

Participants represent 12 to 16 universities and compete in six categories: junior team design, senior team design, innovative design, consulting engineering, engineering communications and parliamentary debate. In this final category, competitors have to present a well-reasoned viewpoint with a short preparation time.

(Engineers are often required to evaluate and argue for or against a proposal on short notice.) Winners and runners-up in all categories will represent Ontario at the national level of the competition, which will be held in Saskatoon.

“I’m really looking forward to the entire competition,” says Organizing Committee Chair Jeffrey Samuel, who is a fourth year mechanical engineering student at Carleton. He most enjoys the parliamentary debate, but promises that all six categories of the competition will be worth watching. “The solutions students come up with are really inventive.” Many of the events and competitions will be held in the University Centre Galleria, and Samuel is encouraging students, staff and faculty to come out and watch the activities.

Readers wanting more information about the Ontario Engineering Competition can contact Jeffrey Samuel at chair@2007.oec-cio.ca. Or they can check out the event’s website at http://2007.oec-cio.ca.

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