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University of Regina Engineering Capstone Project Day 2022 to be held in person

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: April 8, 2022 10:00 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to take in the ingenuity of U of R Engineering students from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9 on the Main Floor of the Education Building
Everyone is welcome to take in the ingenuity of U of R Engineering students from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9 on the Main Floor of the Education Building Jasim Chaudhry, Kevin Zong and Krushna Dave

The innovation and creativity of University of Regina students graduating from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will be on display this Saturday at the annual Engineering Capstone Project Day event. After two years of online Project Days, the Faculty is excited to return to an in person event.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9 on the Main Floor of the Education Building. Admission and parking is free, and the public is welcome to attend the presentations, trade show, and poster session.

“I am delighted to see our students present their achievements in person after two years of virtual presentations,” said Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Esam Hussein. “These future engineers will demonstrate how they applied their acquired knowledge and creativity to provide society and humanity with practical solutions to real problems and challenges. They will take these skills to the field and will be great ambassadors to our Faculty and the University.”

Students studying Electronic Systems, Environmental Systems, Industrial Systems, Petroleum Systems and Software Systems will be presenting their projects.

Visitors can learn how Software Systems Engineering students Nolan Flegel, Rishabh Prasad, and William Peers teamed up with local technology firm, Prairie Robotics, to create a system that, through the implementation of computer vision and artificial intelligence, can identify and detect rare and severe contaminants in recycling bins. The system is intended to lead to safer work environments for waste management workers, reduce costs for municipalities and improve the quality of recycling.

Blue Bin Detector Detector

Photos of a Blue Bin detector and the data augmentation system that identifies rare and severe contaminants.

Credit: Nolan Flegel, Rishabh Prasad and William Peers

“Collaborating with Prairie Robotics on our Capstone project has been a valuable opportunity and experience, we are working to solve a real world problem with their guidance and mentorship,” Flegel said.

“It’s a fun and challenging project and we will see some form of it in the future either in this city or other cities as it expands,” added Prasad. “It’s something that will live beyond Project Day, which is awesome for us.”

If you are tired of not being able to grow vegetables outside during Saskatchewan’s brutally cold winters, Industrial Systems Engineering students Jasim Chaudhry, Kevin Zong, and Krushna Dave have the solution for you. Drop by their booth to see how to construct a Modular Cube Farm.

“Our main target user for the box is two kind of people: someone who wants to keep growing things in the winter with a lower electricity bill because traditional greenhouses aren’t as efficient in winter time or for someone living in an apartment or who want to put something on their deck,” Zong said.

The prototype the three created is a 3x3x3-foot box that is heated, insulated, has an efficient watering system, is cost effective and will allow producers to grow year-round. 

Cube Farm Electronics

Components of the Modular Cube Farm

Credit: Jasim Chaudhry, Kevin Zong and Krushna Dave

“Since it is a do it yourself type of project, hopefully people can get excited about it because we will have all of the steps laid out for them and will make sure an individual can buy the components easily at Home Depot or Amazon,” Dave added.

Part of the University of Regina’s strategic plan includes a commitment to climate action and ecological and economic sustainability through responsible stewardship of the land and resources. At this year’s Capstone Project Day, you can learn how Environmental Systems Engineering Students Aya Amer, Sayantan Paul, Iriny Moawad and Noor Tajik are doing their part to help that commitment with their design for a combined lake and storm water irrigation system for the University of Regina.

The group worked with KGS Group, an engineering and project management consulting firm, to gather data, create a design for a proposed pump station, which would pull water from Wascana Lake and retention ponds, as well as a storm water system. The goal of the project is to provide potable water to campus in an environmentally sustainable and cost efficient manner.

Schematic Map

Outline of proposed lake intake and pumphouse along a campus map

Credit: Aya Amer, Sayantan Paul, Iriny Moawad and Noor Tajik

“The Capstone project is super important because it’s the first time we can make a big design that we get to choose and it’s something we are passionate about and that translates when we get into our careers as we start to work in places we want to,” Tajik said. “This project is hands-on, applicable and it’s cool that we get to do it for the University.”

The group will present U of R Facilities Management with a feasibility and implementation report as well as a cost analysis for the consideration of the proposed system.

“Personally, I think it would be cool to come back and see if your hard work has been implemented,” said Amer.

For more information on the U of R Faculty of Engineering’s Capstone Project Day or to view the schedule, visit Project Day 2022 | Engineering, University of Regina (uregina.ca). You can also follow the Faculty’s Facebook page for updates.

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