Local manufacturers honoured University of Alberta mechanical
engineering students with a dinner theatre-style banquet
and unique trophy presentation at the Faculty Club, March
24. The trophy, a scaled-down version of a commercial gear
reducer, was awarded to 12 students for exceptional design
and presentation performance.
The Capstone Honors Award night encompassed a competition
between three student engineering groups, vying for the opportunity
to represent the university in June at a national competition
at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont.
More than $250,000 was donated to cover the cost of manufacturing
the trophies and to set up a scholarship fund. Each trophy
cost more than $1,500 to produce and was manufactured locally
through Edmonton area industry sponsors. This is the fourth
year for the event, which boasted record attendance for the
past two years.
The students had a choice to work on one of two design projects,
either a portable man lift system or a total energy system
for a remote residence. Both projects had challenging design
constraints. Each of the students competing at the Capstone
Honors Award evening received a scholarship of $250, along
with the working model trophy.
The Capstone Honors Design Awards are sponsored by the Northern
Lights Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.