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LU engineering team takes gold

Four Laurentian University engineering students have taken first place at the Canadian Engineering competition, which was held March 18-21 in Toronto. The team of students came in first in the Senior Team Design category.
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A team of engineering students from Laurentian University recently won first place in a nation-wide engineering competition. Supplied photo.

Four Laurentian University engineering students have taken first place at the Canadian Engineering competition, which was held March 18-21 in Toronto.

The team of students came in first in the Senior Team Design category.

"I had an opportunity to meet with (the team) after they won the provincial competition, and let me tell you, this isn’t the last you’ll hear from these four impressive young men and woman," Dominic Giroux, Laurentian University president, said.

Samuel Carrière, Kyle Beaudry, and Patrick Chartrand, third-year mechanical engineering students, and Lauren Flett, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, made up the winning team.

"We are very proud of this group of engineering students," Giroux said in a press release. "They took on the best our province and country had to offer them and won."

Competing teams designed and built prototypes designed to inspect potentially toxic products. The prototypes had to be controlled remotely, remove lids off six different types of containers, check the composition of the container's contents, and then place the lid back on the container.

Teams had 10 hours to complete the prototype, from planning to design to creation.

"We're so proud of the students who have distinguished our program as one of the best in Canada," Dougal McCreath,
director of the school of engineering at Laurentian, said. "Our students won at the provincial competition for a second year in a row. They now won at the national level."

According to Giroux, high school students in Ontario are beginning to notice Laurentian's engineering program.

Enrollment at the university is up 15 per cent from the previous year.

"I didn't feel I had to go anywhere else," Carrière said. "Laurentian has an intimate learning environment and we have some of the best and brightest — we've just shown that Laurentian engineering is now in the conversation at the national level."