Engineering students win provincials; eye nationals

Engineering students (left to right) Jean-Philippe Caron, Matteo Louter, Bharat Bhaga and Jeremy Miller won the provincial engineering championships and they will compete at the nationals in British Columbia on March 8 to 11. James Park Photo

Five Carleton engineering students are hoping they can repeat their provincial win at the Canadian Engineering Competition in early March.

For Matt Molkoski, the fact that Carleton is sending five engineering students to the Canadian Engineering Competition this year is a big deal.

“We haven’t sent anyone to the nationals in the past five or six years,” said Molkoski, the Carleton engineering team captain and vice-president of academics for the Carleton Student Engineering Society. “It’s a great opportunity.”

The Carleton students will join 150 of the most innovative and creative engineering students from across the country at the upcoming Canadian Engineering Competition at the University of British Columbia on March 8 to 11. Four of them will compete in the senior design competition, and one will take part in the communications engineering competition.

The team earned wins at the provincial competition in February, where members worked on an overnight design solution consisting of building and teaching a robot to follow a course. Carleton’s team was the only one at the competition to be successful at the task.

“It’s about showing problem solving skills,” said Molkoski.

While team members won’t know what challenge they will be presented with at the nationals, Brian Laughton from the Faculty of Engineering and Design, said the competition from other teams will be tough.

“Each of the other regions has an equally serious process of choosing the winning team, so they will be up against stiff competition,” said Laughton.

Participating in these competitions is important for a number of reasons – including giving budding engineers the opportunity to work with a team.

“Engineers seldom do work alone,” said Laughton. “Design competitions give the opportunity to, on a time-constraint basis that could happen in the industry, force students to work co-operatively to come to a solution.”

The competition also coincides with National Engineering Month in March and National Engineering Week festivities, which take place on campus from March 5 to 9.

This year, Carleton will once again take part in the Rube Goldberg machine project that links participating universities across Ontario in a display ending at the CN Tower. There will also be secondary school design competitions, mall displays, and Carleton will be hosting a pie toss fundraiser during an open house, and proceeds will go to Engineers Without Borders.

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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