Engineers off to OEC at Carleton University – Financial support provided by the Foundation

Engineers off to OEC at Carleton University – Financial support provided by the Foundation

Each January, universities across Canada send engineering students to compete against each other in engineering design competitions. There are three steps: first, an internal competition to see which students will represent each university, second is the regional competition, and third is the Canadian competition. First and second year engineering students are eligible to be part of the Junior Design Team Competition, while third and fourth year students are eligible to be part of the Senior Design Team Competition.

On the night of Mon. Jan. 9, 2017, RMC held its internal competition to see which students would represent RMC at the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) at Carleton University, 27-29 January 2017. The competition was run by 23191 Captain Sean Leithead, who is the Special Assistant to the Dean of Engineering and an Assistant Prof in the Mech and Aero Engineering Department. For the internal competition, each team had 1 hour to build a golf ball launching machine, using only 20 popsicle sticks, 10 wire pipe cleaners, 10 sheets of paper, 4 rubber bands, and access to duct tape, glue guns, scissors and utility knives. The competition itself consisted of launching a golf ball as far as possible with accuracy, as well as orally presenting the design in a 5 minute presentation. The distance was measured according to where the ball first contacted the ground. One hand was used to hold the machine, and one hand was used to run the launch mechanism. At least one part of the machine had to be touching the ground at the start line.

The results were impressive. The two contending teams for the Senior division both created catapults. The winning team, consisting of 4th year students 26922 OCdt Jeremy Billard (Aero Eng), 26987 OCdt Simon Ewing (Civ Eng), 26921 OCdt Andrew Lumley (Aero Eng), and 27075 OCdt Luke Tamlin (Chem Eng) had an average launch distance of 168 inches (14.0 ft). The runner up Senior team, consisting of 3rd year students 27297 OCdt Sebastien Généreux (Comp Eng), Mr. Dan Guindon (Aero Eng), 27329 OCdt Alvin Lai (Comp Eng), and 27337 OCdt Kyuhwan (Andy) Lee (Mech Eng) had an average launch distance of 154 inches (12.8 ft).

Feature Image: Winning Senior Design Team, (L to R): 4th years 26987 OCdt Simon Ewing (Civ Eng), 27075 OCdt Luke Tamlin (Chem Eng), 26921 OCdt Andrew Lumley (Aero Eng), and 26922 OCdt Jeremy Billard (Aero Eng)

For the Junior division, there were three teams competing. One team used a catapult design, while the other two used a barrel/slingshot type design. In this case, the two barrel/slingshot type designs performed the best. The winning team, consisting of 1st year engineering students 28231 OCdt Laurier Boucher, 28232 NCdt Paul Brinkschulte, and 28179 OCdt Alexandre Légère had an average launch distance of 116 inches (9.7 ft). The second place team, consisting of 1st year engineering students 28210 OCdt Ishaan Gulati, 27868 OCdt Aayush Kaintura, 28061 OCdt Kieran (Riley) Carson, and 27908 OCdt Jacques Pecora had an average launch distance of 89 inches (7.4 ft). The third place team consisted of 27559 OCdt Alannah Dawe (2nd yr Aero Eng), 28010 OCdt Thomas Jung (1st yr Eng), 27589 OCdt Tom Reitsma (2nd yr Mech Eng), and 27849 OCdt Christian Sandhu (2nd yr Aero Eng) had an average launch distance of 29 inches (2.4 ft). Since the winning Junior team only had three members, OCdt Kaintura was recruited to be their fourth for the OEC.

Winning Junior Design Team, (L to R): 1st years 28179 OCdt Alexandre Légère, 28231 OCdt Laurier Boucher, 28232 NCdt Paul Brinkschulte

All Designs Used for the RMC Internal Competition

All of the teams showed ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking in terms of their designs and their use of the provided materials. All of their presentations were also solid. I am confident that the Junior and Senior Teams we are sending to the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) will do RMC proud. I would also like to thank the generosity of the RMC Foundation, who is providing funds to allow RMC to send these teams to the OEC.

Captain Sean Leithead – Assistant Professor

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