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Ontario Tech students showcase projects at annual Engineering Capstone Systems Design Exhibition and Competition

Engineering students exhibited their innovative projects and competed in the top award categories

Fourth-year Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students participated in the annual FEAS Capstone Exhibition and Competition on April 10.
Fourth-year Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students participated in the annual FEAS Capstone Exhibition and Competition on April 10.

Engineering students at Ontario Tech are making headlines and culminating their studies with projects that promise to solve real-world problems.

In the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS), fourth-year students collaborate in groups to tackle a significant undertaking called a 'capstone' project. This eight-month endeavour focuses on developing creative and practical solutions to address real-world challenges. Towards the end of their final semester, students present their research findings and achievements at the annual FEAS Capstone Exhibition and Competition.

The capstone project allows fourth-year engineering students to showcase and apply all they have learned in their respective programs. The event took place April 10 in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre gymnasium and was made possible in part through the generous support of partner sponsor The Society of United Professionals and supporting sponsor SNC-Lavalin.

This year’s projects were so impressive, they garnered the attention of Global News Durham who interviewed students and featured their projects, including: a remote control excavator, electric vertical (EV) aircrafts, autonomous indoor farming solutions (Moduleaf), a wireless charging bot for electric vehicles and more.

Awards were given to the top three teams in each of the following categories:

Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering (AME) and Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) design award, Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering (ECSE) design award and Department of Energy and Nuclear Engineering (ENE) design award.

Congratulations to all who participated, and the best of luck as they navigate the next chapter in their lives, whether it is to pursue a master’s degree or to apply their knowledge in the workplace.

Award winners

AME/MME Awards

First Place: Design and Development of Internet of Things (IoT) Enabled Vibrating Monitoring Toward Smart Maintenance

  • Ayman Abdulkadir
  • Mark Lopez
  • Ina Shilbayeh
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ahmad Barari

Second Place: Autonomous Weed Control Bot

  • Abigail Giesbrecht
  • Cole Levere
  • Justin Smith
  • Daniel Strickland
  • Jackson Whitter
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jaho Seo

Third Place: Environmental Simulating Fixture for an Automated Running Board

  • Deepikka Ananthamanokaran
  • Vernon Chen
  • Paheirathan Panchalingam
  • Qays Sajad
  • Nilojan Stanley Julius
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Zeinab El-Sayegh

ECSE Awards

First Place: Autonomous Inspection System with Drone for SmartGrid Infrastructure

  • Chaudhry Aamer
  • Khodr Dabbous
  • Adeeb Khan
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hossam Gaber

Second Place: Low-Cost Drone Light Show

  • Michelle Cheng
  • Rodaba Ebadi
  • Munazza Fahmeen
  • Nivetha Gnaneswaran
  • Tolu Elebute
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lixuan Lu

Third Place: Smart Grid Integrated Digital License Plate

  • Yussef Elzein
  • Emran Soltani
  • Walid Ayub
  • Abdul Bhutta
  • Kumail Syed
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tarlochan Sidhu

ENE Awards

First Place: Design of a Welding and Plasma Torch Diagnostic System

  • Joey Almon
  • Riju Mathew
  • AJ Ayed
  • Tristian Eagleson
  • Khaushal Elangeswaran
  • Hussein Hussein
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Glenn Harvel

Second Place: Design for Reduced Heat Flow to Local Water Bodies

  • Emily Armstrong
  • Mark Degroot
  • Adam Kourousis
  • Keegan McCaig
  • Zoe Michanos
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Froats

Third Place: Design of Nuclear Systems to Enhance Community-Specific Support in Northern Canada

  • Andrea Noce
  • Nehal Shams
  • Mark Tsai
  • Benjamin Wang
  • Luke Yurczyszyn
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Glenn Harvel and Dr. Dan Hoornweg

Award for Outstanding Energy Capstone Design sponsored by the Society of United Professionals Capstone Design Competition 2023

New Vertical Wind Turbine Integrated with Electrolyzer for Hydrogen Production

  • Eren Dincer
  • Alex Johnston
  • Jacob Pirillo
  • Justin Posteraro
  • Reign Sampang
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martin Agelin-Chaab