Students impress at Western Engineering Competition

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 26, 2018 3:00 p.m.

The team of (l-r) Emma Fraser, Kailey Lowe, Mackenzie Gelinas, and Kaylee Hayko took top spot in the Consulting category at the Western Engineering Competition (WEC).
The team of (l-r) Emma Fraser, Kailey Lowe, Mackenzie Gelinas, and Kaylee Hayko took top spot in the Consulting category at the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). Photos courtesy of BCIT Photography

Students Kaylee Hayko, Emma Fraser and Kailey Lowe seem to have the winning touch.

For the second year in a row the undergraduate engineering students team have been part of a team that brought home first place honours in the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). The event was hosted by the B.C. Institute of Technology January 10 – 14, 2018. The theme this year was Innovation for a Complex World.  

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Brittany Sippola (centre) earned second place honours in the WEC Communications category.
The event is Canada’s largest undergraduate engineering competition - bringing together up to 14 schools from across Western Canada.

The goal is for engineering student teams to practice and exhibit their problem-solving, team-building and communications skills.

U of R teams have come home with impressive results and leading the way is the team of Emma Fraser, Mackenzie Gelinas, Kaylee Hayko and Kailey Lowe - finishing first in the Consulting category. Last year Hayko, Lowe and Fraser were oart if a team that finished first in the Junior Design category in 2017.

“Being able to return to the Canadian Engineering Competition for the second consecutive time is such an honour. I am so very proud of my team and am excited to see what the future has in store for us at the national competition,” says Hayko.

U of R teams finished in the top three positions in four of the eight categories.
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Students Aya Mahmoud, Karim Sobh, and Amr Sobh finished in third place in Innovative Design.

Finishing second in the Communications category was Brittany Sippola.

“I had a great time presenting at WEC and am excited to do it again at theCanadian Engineering Competition,” says Sippola. “I guess my secret to success is really understanding the topic, not taking yourself too seriously, and thinking on your feet. When you really know your stuff, it just comes naturally and it’s so much fun.”

The team Paul Hewitt, Michael Mogentale, Taylor Petrychyn, and Maksym Zabutnyy earned third spot in the Programming category and the team of Aya Mahmoud, Karim Sobh, and Amr Sobh finished third in Innovative Design.

“Representing the University of Regina in WEC 2018 was an amazing experience,” says Mahmoud. “All the delegates were incredibly talented and devoted individuals who we loved working with as a team. We are proud to have brought home an award for the University in our group’s first WEC and excited for the next opportunity to compete and hopefully win for the U of R next year.”  
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Celebrating a third place finish in Programming are Michael Mogentale, Taylor Petrychyn, Maksym Zabutnyy, and Paul Hewitt.

The top two teams from each category move on to the National finals. The Canadian Engineering Competition takes place at Ryerson University March 8 – 11, 2018.

“I want to wish the best of luck to our team members who qualified for the Canadian Engineering Competition," says Maksym Zabutnyym, President of the Regina Engineering Students’ Society.

Says Hayko; “It really speaks to our program that we are able to not only compete but also outperform many larger schools. Competing at WEC has helped me become more confident in my problem solving and presenting skills which will help me in my journey to becoming a Professional Engineer."

Financial support for the U of R team was provided by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, the Regina Engineering Students’ Society and the University of Regina Students’ Union.
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