Competitions

Awards

Did we mention there’s a cash prize? Every category has the same prize amounts for the first, second and third place team. The only exceptions are the Debate and Re-Engineering categories which do not have a 3rd place cash prize.

1st: $450

2nd: $350

3rd: $250

Re-Engineering

Technology evolves so quickly that it’s sometimes a good idea to take a step back to better understand the next level of a product. More and more, engineers are invited to enhance and optimize what seem to be mundane products around us.

In this competition, participants are given a relevant design that is required to be re-engineered under a new set of constraints. After these details are revealed, teams will have six hours to fabricate a design and presentation. Teams are required to take into account all relevant aspects of the engineering process such as material availability, finances, and so on. A panel of judges will assess each team’s design based on practicality, originality, feasibility, and marketability.

Competitors in all years of studies are eligible for participation.

Junior Design

There is no such thing as too much design exposure for engineering students beginning their studies. The Junior Design competition aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to develop a basic engineering design and construct an accompanying prototype, while presenting their solutions to peers and industry professionals from across the province.

Competitors must work within limiting time and budget constraints to design, create, and test a physical prototype of their proposed solution. As the competitors are just beginning their engineering studies, concepts will be based off a general level of engineering knowledge, such as forces, mechanics, etc. Although it is recommended that teams are multidisciplinary, it is not necessary for success in the competition. Each team will be judged based on their design, application, teamwork, and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.

Competitors must be in the first two (2) years of engineering studies in order to be eligible for participation.

Senior Design

Engineering students completing their final years of study need to showcase an advanced ability for technical design and problem-solving. The Senior Design competition provides a chance to finesse these skills, while presenting their fabricated solutions to peers and industry professionals from across the province.

Competitors must work within given time and budget constraints to design, create, and test a physical prototype of their proposed solution. As the competitors are near the completion of their engineering studies, concepts they may need in their design can span a variety of disciplines. As such, it is recommended that teams be comprised of multidisciplinary members, but is not necessary for success. Each team will be judged based on their design, application, teamwork, and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.

Competitors must be in the last two (2) years of engineering studies in order to be eligible for participation.

Innovative Design

Engineering students are cornucopias of new and fresh ideas, bringing a clean pair of eyes to any newly identified gaps in technology or already existing processes. With this different perspective in mind, students are able to develop innovative engineering solutions.

Competitors aim to develop new technological designs or improve upon existing ones, through competent research, planning, and execution of a concept. The ideas they develop are done outside of the competition. Each team presents a professional-level presentation to a panel of judges, which demonstrates the technical, social, environmental, and economic impact of their design. Each design should test the boundaries of current engineering practices, in a justifiable and logical manner. The competitors will be judged on the originality and creativity of their idea, the quality of their presentation, and the tenability of their design process.

Competitors in all years of engineering studies are eligible for participation.

Communications

Engineers may find themselves needing to explain technical processes or issues to clients, coworkers, or other professionals that do not have a background in the subject matter. As such, engineers must develop the skill to efficiently and succinctly communicate in a manner that is easily understood and thoroughly explanatory.

Competitors must explain an applicable process or issue of their choice, and form a coherent argument that clearly identifies the social, economical, technological, and environmental impacts of the chosen topic. Their explanation should be aimed at catering to an audience of various technological backgrounds. Competitors will be judged on their effectiveness of communication, the organization of their argument, and the quality and delivery of the presentation.

Competitors in all years of engineering studies are eligible for participation.

Consulting

Consultants are hired in every industry to provide sound business advice relating to the fields of engineering and technology. They are experts in the subject matter, with the ability to flush out a variety of solutions in order to facilitate selection of the optimal business decision.

In this competition, students are tasked with taking on the role of hired consultants. Presented with an engineering problem, they must develop and present a logical solution to the client (aka the judging panel), which demonstrate an awareness and consideration of the social, environmental, technological, and economic impact of the propose solution. As the nature of consulting services spans a wide variety of industries, it is recommended that teams have multidisciplinary members, but is not necessary for success in the competition. Each team will be judged based on an original design, an analysis and understanding of the client’s needs, and a demonstrated effort to optimize the proposed solution.

Competitors in all years of engineering studies are eligible for participation.

Programming

Current generations can attest to the amount of time spent in front of a computer or mobile device. Whether browsing, gaming, simulating, or coding, every piece of software has had a team of bright programmers that designed, developed, and debugged the product.

In an engineering context, programming is quickly becoming a valuable language to know, irrespective of the discipline you’re in. Competitors aim to display their fluency and versatility by creating software from scratch that solves a given engineering problem. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of software development, it is recommended that each team have members with a variety of disciplines, but is not necessary for success in the competition. Each team will present the impact of their design in terms of technical efficiency and ease of use, through a formal presentation and a live demonstration of their code and product. Competitors will be judged based on the originality of their solution, the efficiency of the design, user appeal, and code construction.

Competitors in all years of engineering studies are eligible for participation.

Parliamentary Debate

Students are no strangers to having to defend their work, passions, and choices. The need to critically argue for or against a particular topic is one that appears in the engineering discipline as well. It is an essential skill to be able to evaluate and effectively communicate an analytical point of view.

Under a given time constraint, competitors must develop a coherent and logical argument on an assigned subject matter. Subjects for debate will relate to the fields of engineering and science, or those that is within relation or interest pertaining to engineers and engineering students. Competitors are recommended to have a broad knowledge of engineering concepts and their impact on society, and have an ability to rationalize decisions quickly and concisely. Each team will be judged based on their own arguments, rebuttals, and professionalism during the debate.

Competitors in all years of engineering studies are eligible for participation.