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UOIT hosts 34th annual Ontario Engineering Competition

Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building, at UOIT's north Oshawa location.
Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building, at UOIT's north Oshawa location.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) welcomed engineering students and university deans from across Ontario from January 31 to February 2 as the UOIT Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science hosted the 34th-annual Ontario Engineering Competition.

This year marks the first time UOIT hosted this prestigious event, whose origins can be traced back to the original competition held in 1980 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

As UOIT is home to one of the only automotive engineering programs in Ontario, and to unique and modern laboratories and dynamic testing facilities like the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), the 2014 OEC challenged participants to improve, innovate and revolutionize the way we look at the automotive industry. Participants faced engineering challenges such as fuel efficiency, onboard computer systems and future policies addressing carbon emissions and vehicle safety.

The competitions for OEC 2014 were:

  • Consulting Engineering
  • Engineering Communications
  • Innovative Design
  • Junior and Senior Design
  • Parliamentary Debate
  • Programming Competition

The Programming Competition was new for OEC 2014, where teams of three to five were given a previously disclosed problem related to the competition theme, and had the weekend to complete the task. As potential software engineers, it was also the competitors’ job to follow proper software engineering and management principles. Teams were asked to document their software, provide installation packages, provide project management documents, and demonstrate their software to the judging panel.

For further information about OEC 2014, please contact Justin Rizzi, OEC 2014 Chair, or visit the OEC 2014 website.