U of S engineering students advance to national competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 4, 2011 2011-02-03-ENG University of Saskatchewan (U of S) engineering students placed second in two categories at the Western Engineering Competition (WEC) 2011 Jan. 26-29 in Saskatoon. The second-place finishes in the junior design and consulting engineering categories secures them a spot at the national competition.

The two teams will head to the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) at McGill University
March 10-13. Categories will include design, debate, consulting and communication.
Kaitlyn Scott, vice-president communications, WEC 2011, and U of S fourth-year engineering student, says the two U of S teams will have a chance to represent the university, the province and Western Canada on the national stage.
"Both teams are competing in time-based design challenges that will test their knowledge of the engineering design process, their ability to meet deadlines, and their interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills," said Scott. "Experience at competitions such as CEC is invaluable to students."
The Western competition involved a number of innovative subjects: in the junior design category, students had to save people, represented by eggs, from the top of a burning building; consulting engineering competitors had to analyze a proposal on biofuels from the Saskatchewan government and make recommendations on where and what to grow; senior designers had to build and program robots to sort grain and pick up bales; and innovative design displays included a brain surgical drill and escalator handrail sanitization system.
For more information, contact:
Kaitlyn Scott, Vice-President Communications
WEC 2011
University of Saskatchewan
Cell: (306) 370-5105
Email: vp.communications@wec2011.ca

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