Western Engineering Triumphs: Two teams clinch first place, three secure third in Ontario Engineering Competition


Western Engineering's winning undergraduate student teams. (Photo contributed)

Western Engineering congratulates 14 undergraduate students who secured top-three finishes at the 45th Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) hosted January 26 to 28, 2024, at Queen’s University. 

Samuel Farnum and Robin Cunningham won first place in the Innovative Design category, while David Tam, Collin Town, Kevin Manka and Tsu-June (James) Su took top honours in the Programming category. 

Third-place winners include Joshua Horkits and Siena Ianni-Palarchio in the Communications category; Mubina Merchant and Kheynand Rhampul in the Bio-Engineering category; and Ethan Bloemert, Alexander (AJ) Mitchell, Jack Chios and Salim Kanji in the Senior Design category. 

After finishing first in their categories, the Innovative Design and Programming teams will advance to represent Western University at the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) in March 2024. 

The OEC is an annual competition that brings together Ontario’s brightest students to participate in challenging case studies that pertain to real-world issues. Over 300 of the province’s brightest students competed in one of nine categories: Innovative Design, Programming, Communications, Bio-Engineering, Senior Design, Consulting, Re-Engineering, Debate and Junior Design. 

Western Engineering is elated by the remarkable achievements of its students at OEC and extends heartfelt congratulations to the victorious teams. As the Innovative Design and Programming teams gear up to represent Western University at CEC 2024, the Engineering community eagerly anticipates their continued success on the national stage. Best of luck to these exceptional teams as they embark on this prestigious journey.