Engineering Now :: Volume 6 - Edition 5 :: March 2009

Mechanical and Materials Design Day

By Nancy Quaegebeur

Matthew Heffernan and Brian Sinclair
Photo by Paul Mayne, Western News
Matthew Heffernan and Brian Sinclair demonstrate their final-year design project - a minimally invasive bone saw. Created with Brent Robitaille and Tyler Chrusz, the design addresses congenital hip dysplasia in young children.

Mechanical Engineering and Integrated Engineering students showcased their final year design projects at the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Design Day on March 13, 2009. These projects encouraged students to apply their engineering knowledge and skills to solve a real open-ended design challenge. Approximately thirty projects were on display including: a design of a personal transportation system of the future, a design of an improved electric bicycle and a design of a minimally invasive bone saw for surgical applications.

Each team prepared a poster display and presented their projects to faculty judges and other visitors. The event was open to the public and was well attended by faculty, staff, students’ family, friends and industry guests. Professor Ralph Buchal, organizer of the event commented on the events success. “ The event was a big success, with many positive comments form participants and visitors.”

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