Project Day to showcase engineering students’ cutting edge research

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 8, 2016 6:00 a.m.

This accessible remote control car system allows people with disabilities to enjoy the world of remote control cars. It’s the creation of engineering students (l-r) Nick LaPlante, Jacob Loos and Jonathan Giambattista.
This accessible remote control car system allows people with disabilities to enjoy the world of remote control cars. It’s the creation of engineering students (l-r) Nick LaPlante, Jacob Loos and Jonathan Giambattista. Photo - External Relations.

From an alert system for drowsy drivers, to clean drinking water solutions, to a hockey puck return system, the 17th annual Project Day 2016 promises something for almost everyone.

The event showcases final design projects from fourth year Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students. The event takes place Saturday, April 9 at the Education Building, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

As in past years, many of the projects have real-life applications. In some cases they’ve made a big difference in peoples’ lives.  

Just ask Paul Tanner. For Project Day last year, Tanner along with fellow students Marten Fidler and Paul Toews configured a comfort chair for children with autism. The chair is now in use at Winston-Knoll Collegiate in Regina.

“Project Day was the opportunity to demonstrate our skills as emerging engineering graduates,” says Tanner. “It allowed us to show off a project that we put countless hours into, that we are very proud of. It was the pinnacle point in my formal education. It opened doors with prospective employers. It really helped having a working prototype.”

Project Day 2016
Students (l-r) Ben McVicar and Micheal Tymiak with this apparatus that will make a big difference for those who install and repair hydraulic hoses, saving time and injuries. It’s one of dozens of projects on display at Project Day April 9.

Project Day 2016 is also sure to make an impact. The dozens of projects presented include:

  • Smart Parking System
  • Drowsy driving alert system
  • Tree Fall: The active noise cancellation system
  • Volt Rider eBike
  • eBus Pass
  • Study on waste plastics processing and treatment in the City of Regina
  • Solar powered waste disposal at the U of R
  • Autonomous crop seeder: Precision agriculture through robotic design
  • Upgrade of a drinking water treatment plant on a First Nations reserve
  • Wastewater management to prevent flooding during extreme rainfall events
  • Flatbed trailer fall restraint system.

“Project Day once again demonstrates the superb design skills of our graduating students,” says Dr. Esam Hussein, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“The students have worked extremely hard and are keen to share their work with the public and representatives of local industries. Most impressively, many of the prototypes have true practical applications. Our students are making a difference in the community, very early in their engineering careers.”

True to the Faculty’s expertise in Saskatchewan’s resource industry, numerous students are presenting in areas of oil resource management and extraction. For example, one student group will feature an “engineering solution to Saskatchewan’s suspended well problem.”

Of course what would an Engineering students’ Project Day be in Canada without a hockey gadget? Come and check out the EZ shot hockey puck return system.

Others have cooked up a human powered kitchen mixer. Intrigued? The public is invited to view the presentations. The students will be on hand to answer any of your questions.  

Event:      Project Day 2016
Date:       April 9
Time:       8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Education Building

Project Day 2015

Helping people inspires engineering students’ project

Students project keep roof inspectors safe

Pass the puck as students find inspiration in Canada’s game