Queen's students claim top prize in provincial engineering competition
Three Queen’s chemical engineering students claimed top spot in the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) energy conservation category at this year’s Connections Competition, a collaborative program that brings together final-year university and college students and innovative Ontario companies.
Stephanie Lalonde, Anbareen Farooq, and Chris McNevin beat out approximately 30 other teams from colleges and universities across the province. Joining them in the finals were two other Queen’s teams, a remarkable showing for the school.
“From a learning perspective, my team had a great experience” says Ms Lalonde. “We were involved with a very supportive client who collaboratively helped us reach success and see our project through from start to implementation.”
The Connections Program is run by the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), and offers students the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in school to real-world projects. It also provides an opportunity for industry partners to identify motivated and skilled young talent.
Covidien, a global pharmaceutical company with offices in Montreal, was the winning team’s industry partner.
Two Queen’s engineering courses encourage students to take advantage of the unique opportunity the Connections Program provides. Participating in the program makes a student’s skills more marketable after graduation; some students have even been recruited to work for their industry partners after a successful collaboration.