Undergrads Compete at CEC 2017

4th-year Chemical Engineering undergraduate students Katherine Lai and Lisa Lee recently returned from the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) 2017 at the University of Calgary from March 2, 2017 to March 5, 2017. The students represented UBC in the Re-Engineering Competition. Their journey to CEC 2017 first started at UBC at the UBC Engineering Competition on October 20, 2016 then the Western Engineering Competition in Banff from January 12, 2017 to January 15, 2017 where the two placed first in both competitions. The Department congratulates both students on their accomplishments!

UBC Chemical Engineering undergraduate students Katherine Lai (left) and Lisa Lee (right) at the Canadian Engineering Competition 2017 at the University of Calgary

The Re-engineering competition consisted of teams of 2 undergraduate engineering students to re-engineer everyday problems or processes. Given the problem, the teams were expected to conduct a full analysis on economical, technical and social feasibility aspects in the form of a written report and presentation for the judges. The qualifier round is hosted at individual engineering schools across Canada. For the UBC engineering competition (UBC-EC) the teams were given 4 hours to re-engineer a sustainable solution for the given case. The winner of UBC-EC can then represent UBC Vancouver at the Western Engineering Competition, which was hosted in Banff Alberta January 2017. This time, we were given the first case one week in advance to work on and then given a second case the day of the competition where we had 8 hours to develop a solution, write the report and prepare the presentation which occurred the following day. After placing in the top 2, the winners will then advance to the Canadian Engineering Competition, which was held in Calgary this year. Similar to the Western competition, the first case was released one week in advance with the second case on the day of the competition. For example, we were given the task to re-engineer electronics that would benefit from dissolvable circuits and how to reduce hazardous materials and recyclables in our landfills. The competition was a great learning experience and opportunity to apply our engineering knowledge to real world problems. It was an excellent experience and great way to expand our networks by interacting with so many diverse engineering students across Canada. -Katherine Lai