Ontario Engineering Competition: Robots made during the competition are laid out on a table

Carleton Scores Big at Ontario Engineering Competition

By Adam Landry

Five teams from Carleton University’s research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design scored big at the 2017 Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) held in Ottawa on Jan. 27 to 29.

The three-day event, hosted at Carleton to coincide with the university’s 75th anniversary celebration, brought together nearly 300 of Ontario’s brightest engineering students from 16 universities to compete within one of seven disciplines – Junior Design, Senior Design, Consulting, Debate, Communications, Innovative Design and Programming.

First-year engineering students Nicholas Cantarutti (Aerospace), Bay Ross (Biomedical and Electrical), Bernice Reyes (Aerospace) and Ian Tissot Van Patot (Mechanical) were awarded top prize in the Junior Design competition, receiving $1,500 and the right to represent Ontario at the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) on March 2 to 5, 2017 at the University of Calgary.

Lucas Brewster and Kelsey Doerksen, third- and fourth-year aerospace engineering students respectively, placed second in the Communications competition and will also move on to compete at this year’s CEC. In addition to a $2,000 prize, the pair received the competition’s Social Awareness award. Valued at an additional $1,500, the special award is presented to the team whose project demonstrates that engineering solutions can have a great social and environmental impact on society.

Ontario Engineering Competition: Bringing Together Innovative Engineering Students

“The OEC brings together the most innovative engineering students from across the province so that they may showcase their talents in a manner which benefits their professional development as engineers,” said Fred Afagh, acting dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design. “I’m pleased to congratulate all of this year’s winners and wish the best of luck to our students who are moving on to compete at the national level.”

The Junior Design competition required teams to build a vehicle capable of safely transporting a Lego figure through a specialized obstacle course. Each team was restricted to a six-hour build time.

Teams in the Communications competition were required to present a technical topic of their choice in a manner accessible to the general populous. Carleton’s team choose to present on the scientific advancements of rovers and their inspiration to future engineers.

Carleton also placed third in the competition’s Consulting, Debate, and Programming categories. All students taking part in OEC initially advanced from previous competitions at their local universities.