University of Calgary

3D chocolate printer among 100 student design projects

Students take part in annual Schulich School of Engineering Capstone Design Fair

April 8, 2014

About 550 engineering students from the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary will show off more than 100 designs, including a 3D chocolate printer, a bioprocess that manipulates stem cells and a baseball-pitching machine at the annual Capstone Design Fair today.

Just weeks before they hit the job market, students from all seven engineering programs will display row after row of diverse team projects in which they find solutions to wide-ranging problems, from water treatment in fracking to a human limb for self-defence training.

"The Capstone Design Fair takes place every April and gives our final-year students the opportunity to build upon their engineering knowledge while developing skills in teamwork and project management," says Ron Hugo, associate dean (teaching and learning) at the Schulich School of Engineering. "And every one of them solves some sort of problem."

Some of the projects also on display include a computer-assisted surgical navigation tool, a menu order management system that lets customers order food without wait staff, a re-development plan for a flood-affected area, a portable refrigeration unit for pharmaceuticals and organs and a drive system for wheelchairs that lets people steer with only one hand. The fair and the awards presented at the end of the day are sponsored by Devon Canada.

"The Capstone Design Fair is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming engineers to apply their knowledge and distinct perspective to solve problems or prove theories," says Corrine Bell, Devon's supervisor, campus recruitment. "At Devon, we are always looking for new and creative ways to make our business better. The fair is an example of how these future engineers will apply the principles of innovation to the energy industry, improving our collective performance."

WHAT:   Schulich School of Engineering Capstone Design Fair                 
WHEN:   April 8, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.                                        
WHERE:  MacEwan Hall A and B, 251 MacEwan Student Centre, 2500 University   
        Drive N.W.                                                          
        Parking: Lot 10 or 11 near the Olympic Oval or MacEwan Student's    
        Centre Parkade                                                      
WHO:    Students at Schulich School of Engineering + Ron Hugo, Schulich     
        Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)