A second Chemical Engineering team wins big at the Ontario Engineering Competition 2015

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OEC design team

The team composed of chemical engineering students, Mark Goodchild (3rd Year), Alex (Yung-Chen) Tan (4th year), Christopher Baxter (4th year), and William Derks (4th year), came third in the consulting category at the Ontario Design Competition held at Ryerson University last February.. 

Fourth-year student Alex Tan explains that three teams from the University of Ottawa competed in the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) with two teams in the consulting category and one in the senior design category.

OEC is a contest that challenges all Ontario universities, and features the most talented students from each institution. The Competition includes several categories such as junior and senior design, debating, programming, and consulting competitions.

The Consulting Engineering Competition allows students to familiarize themselves to a wide range of engineering problems and to ways to solve them. A panel of judges composed of clients choose the winning team based on the most optimal solutions provided. The winning team must have demonstrated that their original solution has met the client’s needs, has analyzed and fully understood the initial problem, and is economically, technologically, socially, and environmentally optimized. Winners receive a $2000 first-prize, $1500 for 2nd prize, and $750 for third prize.

This is the second year that a uOttawa team has participated in OEC. Last fall a Chemical Engineering team won first place in the consulting category at the same Ontario competition and was later placed second at the Nationals.

As pointed out by Department Chair David Taylor, this success is a testimony of the recent curriculum implemented that require students to complete major design projects in eight core courses throughout the program. Team member Alex (Yung-Chen) Tan agrees with Professor Taylor.

Alex, I want to say congratulations to all of you. We are very proud of the team for the hard work you have obviously put into preparing for the competition and of course are thrilled to see these wonderful results. But from my perspective what is most wonderful is the initiative and dedication this sort of achievement shows on the part of each team member - so again, well done!” congratulates Professor Taylor.

The Faculty’s Dean, Dr. Claude Laguë, echoed this thought. “Alex, my sincere congratulations to you and to your teammates for your performance at the 2015 OEC.

It was also time to pay tribute to Professor Jules Thibault who has been a key factor in this victory. “Finally, I think we all need to acknowledge the hard work of all the professors engaged in design project courses, culminating in the incredible work and dedication of Jules Thibault in our capstone course;Jules: so very well done! These successes are but one testament to your continued dedication to our undergraduates, so thank you!” declares Professor Taylor.


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