Manufacturers Pay Tribute To Student Designers

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.

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