Western hosts 44th Ontario Engineering Competition

This week, Western hosts the 44th Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC), with over 300 engineering students from universities across Ontario competing in a three-day event. Participating teams must first win their institution’s qualifying competitions to take part in OEC.

There will be students from 16 universities competing in nine different categories – Junior Design, Senior Design, Programming, Debate, Re-Engineering, Consulting, Communications, Innovative Design and a brand-new category for this year’s competition, Bio-Engineering.

"OEC is a perfect example of how we empower our students with opportunities to develop their effective communication, teamwork and leadership skills," says Western Engineering dean Ken Coley.

"Our organizing committee is hard at work planning the best possible experience for competitors, some of Ontario's best and brightest engineering students."

Students will be required to tackle a complex issue alongside their teammates and apply their engineering design skills to solve problems respective to their competition category.

Courtney-Harrison.pngOEC 2023 is being co-chaired by Western Engineering students Courtney La-Croix and Harrison Angellotti.

“We're excited to welcome the Ontario engineering community Western," says Angellotti. "This is a huge event for Western Engineering. Since OEC has not been hosted by Western in over 10 years, we are excited to display everything our engineering community has to offer!”

Western will be sending 26 students who won their respective category competitions in this past weekend’s Western Engineering Competition. The first and second-place teams in their categories at OEC will compete in the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held at the University of Waterloo in February.

From Western University:


Andy Huang
Aaqil Murji
Marcus Tuen Muk


Ryyan Hossain
Mariam Arif


Anisa Matan


Qiwen Xu
Junhao Sun


Amirbek Satimov
Kenan Granulo
Gabriel Piccininni


Meghan Kings
Tim Kerkhoff
Joshua Horkits
Melanie Blackburn
Siena Ianni-Palarchio
Tristan Paventi

Senior Design:

Peter Guatto
Evan Safari
Eric Gallant
Jacob Bula

Junior Design:

Apon Das
Matthew Sutherland
Aaron Triguero
Bingxin Guo


Simon Hungate
Jeffrey Martinovic