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Schulich School of Engineering Design Fair

UToday HomeApril 16, 2012

By Jennifer Sowa

The smoke and bubbles are used to track wind flow, which assists in the process of finding future wind farm sites. Group: Fraser Kinnear (pictured), Trevor Livingstone, Jessica Mechner, Mike Lindquist, Owen Rile and Lisa ClareThe smoke and bubbles are used to track wind flow, which assists in the process of finding future wind farm sites. Group: Fraser Kinnear (pictured), Trevor Livingstone, Jessica Mechner, Mike Lindquist, Owen Rile and Lisa Clare. Photo credit Lizzie MacNeillA solar farm that feeds energy to the electrical grid, a high-tech motorcycle interface for paraplegics, intelligent robots, autonomous aerial vehicles and designs for sustainable buildings. Months of hard work went into creating innovative solutions for everyday engineering challenges.

MacEwan Hall was packed April 11 with nearly 100 projects prepared by engineering students who are completing their final year of study at the Schulich School of Engineering. These projects were among their last assignments before they graduate and put their skills to work in the real world.

Sustainability and improving quality of life were central themes of this year’s design fair. Projects included a solar-powered generator to supply power for oil and gas field operations; an autonomous “quadcopter” with sensors that take environmental measurements such as humidity, temperature and pressure; and a bedside console to increase the independence of quadriplegics by helping them access items without the help of caregivers.

The Capstone Design Fair takes place every April and provides the opportunity for students to build upon their engineering knowledge while developing skills in teamwork and project management.