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Hundreds of students to participate in annual engineering competitionNovember 1, 2019

Students to compete in a series of engineering challenges this weekend.

Hundreds of innovative students are expected to compete in this weekend’s McMaster Engineering Competition (Nov. 2-3).

The long-standing event, which has a sustainability theme this year, has students vying to be the best in one of nine categories, ranging from programming to design to consulting to debating. This year, a new bioengineering competition has been added. Competitors will explore biological design and develop a solution to a bio-sustainability problem.

At the start of the weekend, students will be given a problem and must come up with a solution within six hours.

 “MEC gives the opportunity for students to test their Engineering and Communication skills in a fun competition against their peers,” said Michael Barbosa, 2019 MEC Co-Chair.

Last year, more than 500 students participated in the annual event, which included a challenge from former Engineering I Director Bob Loree who challenged students to create an app to help his brother, Don, who had progressive supranuclear palsy. Students were asked to create a device for Don ‑ who was unable to speak and had limited mobility ‑ to help him communicate.

“It was amazing to see the drive students had when they realized the problem they were tasked to solve was actually going to be used by Don Loree and others in the society who would need it. There were many creative solutions and it’s amazing what students can do in the 6 hour challenge. This challenge was an amazing experience to show how this competition can have students solve current issues in the community and help many individuals through innovatively thinking!” said Aya Aboughanem, 2018 MEC Chair. 

Top participants move on to the second day where they present to a panel of industry and alumni judges. First place from each category moves on to the Ontario Engineering Competition, which will be held in Guelph in January 2020.