Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science have excelled again in the annual Quebec Engineering Competition, which was held January 24 to 26 at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Two teams finished top in their competition categories. Concordia won first place in the Scientific Communication category and third place in the Junior Design Category.
Almost all engineering schools across Quebec compete in the competition. This year, 18 Concordia students made the trip to Chicoutimi, sharing a bus with students from McGill University. For the students competing in the Scientific Communication category, the challenge was to make a 15-minute presentation in a clear, concise and compelling way. Kerolos Riad, currently studying in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, explained the successful presentation.
"We made the argument that 3D printing is definitely the future of manufacturing," he says.
"Currently we can make 3D print prototypes, art structures, bone implants, heart valves, and much more. Our theme was that 3D printing is the equivalent of the replicator in Star Trek!"
Sergio Lando, also a student in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, described the experience as "exhilarating." Sergio is currently working full-time with the aerospace company, Bombardier, while studying part-time.
The Junior Design team, comprised of students with under 60 credits toward their degrees, built a foldable, self-propelled bridge using commonplace materials such as popsicle sticks, string and wood. Their contest entry was judged according to two criteria: its carrying capacity relative to its weight and how quickly the bridge could travel across a 2-metre course and stop dead at the finish line.
"The challenge was to combine the mechanical and electrical components," said Charles Guillot-Storr, a student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He summed up the experience in Chicoutimi as a great learning experience. "I learned some key things. Be prepared, even though you will never know exactly what to expect. Teamwork is the most important part. And enjoy what you're doing."