Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 7 .: February 2007

Western Engineering makes a big statement at the 2007 Ontario Engineering Competition

By Audrey Korol

Third-year engineering student Pencilla Lang won first place in the Engineering Communications Category for her talk on Minimally-Invasive Robotic Surgery and its Effects on the Canadian Health-Care System.

Western Engineering proved to be one of the top performing teams at this years Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) in Ottawa.

“We definitely stole the show,” says Bessam Mustafa, chair of the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). “In total, our competitors won $4,600 in prizes and three of our six teams placed in the top three in Ontario.”

Western Engineering sent 20 of its brightest engineering students to OEC hosted by Carleton University from February 9 to 11, 2007. The Western students were selected to participate at the competition based on their top standings at WEC last January.

OEC featured six competition categories: Senior Team Design, Junior Team Design, Innovative Design, Consulting Engineering, Engineering Communications and Parliamentary Debate.

Top Western Engineering winners include:

  • Third-year engineering student Pencilla Lang, first place in the Engineering Communications Category with her talk on Minimally-Invasive Robotic Surgery and its Effects on the Canadian Health-Care System
  • Abdul Naeem, Clayton Inculet, Tomasz Kurowski, and Jeremy Cepek, second place in the Seniour Team Design Category
  • Shaunvir Sidhu and Kevin Brown, 3rd Place in the Parliamentary Debate Category

    Based on their top-two placements, both Lang and the Senior Design team have been invited to defend their titles at the Canadian Engineering Competition hosted by the University of Saskatchewan from March 8-11, 2007.

    Mustafa credits Western’s stellar performance at OEC to the skills and support students gained at WEC. “The competition we ran at Western is one of the top local competitions in Canada. In terms of difficulty and professionalism, WEC comes closest to OEC,” says Mustafa. “We do the best job of preparing our competitors for OEC than any other school.”

    For more information on how to get involved with WEC, visit or contact Bessam Mustafa at
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