Engineering Now .: Volume 4 - Edition 8 .: May and June 2008

Mechanical & Materials Engineering students win design competition at CSME Forum

A team of Mechanical and Materials Engineering students won the Student Design competition at the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers Forum 2008, held in Ottawa on June 5-8.

The winning project was entitled “Google Lunar X-Prize: Lunar Rover Wheel and Gear Articulation System”, and was submitted by Brian Vermeire, Zubair Ahmad, Chris De Castro and Jeffrey Sutton.

The Western Engineering team competed against stiff competition from across Canada, but came out on top. The competitors represented the best design projects from Mechanical Engineering departments from the University of Alberta, Carleton University, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Universite de Sherbrooke, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and The University of Western Ontario.

The project, done as part of the course MME419, was supervised by Professor Bjarni Tryggvason, and is part of a larger effort to compete for the Google Lunar X-Prize.

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an ambitious international competition which is looking for privately funded teams to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, images and data back to the Earth. This would be the first time a privately funded vessel would manage such a feat. For more information on the competition, please visit: 

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.: Becky Blue
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