Biomedical Engineering Team take home first place at the Western Engineering Competition

Students from the Faculty of Engineering have once again proven themselves at the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). WEC 2020, which was hosted by the University of Saskatchewan from January 17-18, 2020, saw teams from across Western Canada compete in a variety of challenges to determine who would advance to the national competition. WEC consists of 8 disciplines: engineering communications, consulting engineering, impromptu debate, innovative design, junior design, programming, re-engineering, and senior design. U of M Engineering students took home first place in the innovative design, second place in re-engineering, senior design and impromptu debate and third place in programming. The winners who placed in both first and second will advance to the Canadian Engineering Competition which is hosted this year by the University of Manitoba and takes place in March.

Meet our winning teams:

(L-R) Jessie Robertson, Josée Rosset, Mikaela Morelli and Robyn Birch received 1st place in the Innovation category

To compete in the Innovative Design challenge, teams must prepare, research and develop a new design that addresses a void in society. The design must be technical in nature and assess the social, environmental and economic ramifications of their product design. Competing in a team of four, the U of M BMED Team presented their wheelchair transfer project and walked away with the top prize, finishing in first place! They used their original powered footplate design and took it a step further by creating a feasibility study that looks into the economic, social, environmental, technical and commercial aspects. The team now hopes to get their device mass manufactured and giving much-needed access to many more clients.

(L-R) Emma McTavish and Michael Rempel Boshman received 2nd in the Re-Engineering category

This year in Re-Engineering team from U of M was tasked with two different cases. The first case was to redesign a cell phone for people who are visually impaired (with all additional technology that was needed) to better meet their day to day needs. The second case was to design street lights that can be more multipurpose as well as energy-efficient. Michael Rempel Boshman and Emma McTavish placed second in this event and will represent us at CEC in March for the second year in a row, having previously won at WEC 2019.

(L-R) Connor Tompkins, Eric Kapilik, Ryan Shaski and Sarah Johnson received 2nd place in the Senior Engineering Category

The four-person Senior Design team was given the challenge of designing, creating, and prototyping a proposed solution as well as preparing a 15-minute technical presentation… all within 8 hours. Eric Kapilik, Ryan Shaski, Sarah Johnson, and Connor Tompkins had to identify four contained objects that were inside a 50” by 50” wooden structure without ever entering into the structure. They supplied with an Arduino, some hobby electronic motors, and other various materials that we were able to secure from the competition store. Their design was a simple bi-wheel rover controlled by a controller they built with electronics. The team scored bonus points for being one of the lightest and cheapest designs.

(L-R) Reid Piper and Jack Carver placed 2nd in the Impromptu Debate category

While some teams have hours, days or even weeks to prepare, the Impromptu Debate team gets minutes to formulate an argument for or against a topic which they are given just 10 minutes before they must speak publically on the subject. They don’t even get to decide whether they are for or against the topic, that too is given to them. Reid Piper, who is new to debating, teamed with seasoned veteran Jack Carver who is a previous WEC and CEC winner. The duo debated many topics including social issues, climate change, the environment, and government policy. The pair made it all the way to the finals and placed second overall.

(L-R) Andrew Sadik (with Senior Stick Laura Stoyko and a WEC organizer), Liam Sparling and Leo Zheng placed 3rd in the Programming category

The Programming team had to create an automated, artificial intelligence personal finance manager capable of doing stock trading. While the team won’t advance to CEC as they placed third overall, they received high praise for “Best in AI”. The team consisted of Andrew Sadik, Liam Sparling, and Leo Zheng.

Biomedical Team takes home 1st place at Design for Rehabilitation Competition

BMED Team creates innovative medical devices and wins engineering competition in Washington

The University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Design Team (BMED) brings together students with a passion for the biomedical field to foster design experience, device building, public speaking and networking opportunities. 

From May 28 – June 1, 2019 the BMED Team participated in the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Design for Rehabilitation Competition in Seatle Washington, showcasing their Wheelchair Transfer Project. The project involved collaboration with a client diagnosed with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and an occupational therapist from the MS Clinic at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

The client lost strength in her right leg and was unable to safely and consistently lift her right foot onto the footrest of her power wheelchair. Without a safe and reliable means of transferring her independence would be compromised.

After consulting with the client and occupational therapist, an automated assistive footplate was designed and built. With the push of a button, a linear actuator raises and lowers the client’s wheelchair footplate, greatly reducing the need for the client to lift her foot against gravity to complete the transfer. The lightweight perforated aluminum footplate has a beveled edge to allow the client to easily slide her foot onto the plate when it is flush with the floor. 

BMED received 1st place at this competition, thereby winning the University of Manitoba’s first-ever Biomedical Engineering Design Competition.

Friends of Engineering are proud supporters of the BMED student design team.

In addition to the Wheelchair Transfer Project, the team is also working on a wheelchair hand-warmer a device which automatically regulates the temperature inside a warmer based on the outside temperature using temperature sensors and an EMG Muscle Rehab to support individuals who have suffered paralysis or weakness of muscles as a result of a stroke. To read more about these projects visit:

The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building officially opens

Left to right: Cutting the ribbon on the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building Dr. Marcia Friesen (U of M), Dr. Digvir Jayas (U of M), Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary & MP for Winnipeg South), The Hon. Kelvin Goertzen (Minister of Education, Province of Manitoba), Sarah Guillemard (MLA for Fort Richmond), President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Barnard (U of M), Dr. Zahra Moussavi (U of M), Dr. Jonathan Beddoes (Dean, Faculty of Engineering).

A new engineering facility officially opened its doors today: The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building. It will help to better train students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The 46,000-square-foot building located at 97 Dafoe Road adjacent to the Engineering Information and Technology Complex is named in honour of engineering faculty alumnus Stanley Pauley [BSc(EE)/1949]. The building expands lab and student-support facilities across engineering disciplines.

Funding for the facility was provided by the Government of Canada Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund ($12.1 million), and the Province of Manitoba ($4 million), with Front and Centre campaign donors providing the remaining costs.

Manitoba Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Terry Duguid (on behalf of Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains) joined U of M President David Barnard to officially open the building and tour the facility.

“The Government of Canada’s investment in the University of Manitoba’s Stanley Pauley Engineering Building is creating the right conditions for innovation and long-term growth, which will keep the Canadian economy globally competitive,” says Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South.

“It’s not only about creating jobs today — we are helping prepare young Canadians for the well-paying middle-class jobs of tomorrow. The U of M Stanley Pauley Engineering Building will be a state-of-the-art facility, where our students, researchers, and professors can generate innovation and job growth here in Manitoba.”

As a result of the investments in this facility, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that support experiential education and advance the country’s best research. Many of the spaces will facilitate collaboration between industry partners that will support lifelong learning and skills training. By working in close proximity, discoveries will turn into products or services while creating high-value jobs of the future.

“The Province of Manitoba is proud to invest in facilities that fuel growth in innovation and address the current market demands for trained engineers in all disciplines,” says The Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Education and Training. The province’s $4 million contribution to the Stanley Pauley Engineering Building will help the University of Manitoba better prepare students for engineering careers.”

The building houses a wide complement of engineering related programs and laboratories, including the Price Innovation and Prototyping Centre used by student design teams, Co-operative education space and the Internationally-Educated Engineers Qualification program.

In addition, several research laboratories are located in the new facility including that of professor Ani Gole, who holds a sponsored Industrial Research Chair in Power Systems Simulation. His chair is sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Manitoba Hydro, the Manitoba HVDC Centre, RTDS Technologies, Electranix, Teshmont and TGS.

An open house is planned during 2019 Homecoming Week, on September 20, 2019, for donors and the campus community.

UMSAE Aero Team returns from international competition with 1st place finish for second year in a row

Team also placed first in mission score, second in design report, and third in technical presentation.

The UMSAE Aero team recently returned home from competition with a handful of hardware and some serious bragging rights. The team competed at the 2019 SAE Aero Design East competition in Fort Worth, Texas from March 8 – 10, 2019. The team claimed first place in mission performance, second place in class design report, third place in class oral presentation, and received the Elliott & Dorothy Green Award of Excellence for placing first overall in class for the second year in a row, something few other schools have ever achieved.

This major win was made possible because of a strong, dedicated team of students along with supportive faculty members who advise the team on technical and design direction. Team members put in many hours of work into the project while continuing regular studies and juggling many different tasks and objectives.

This years team members were: Julian Audette, Robin Armstrong, Filip Szymanski, Ellyn Waschuk, Amory Wood, Nivida Mishra, Justin Huhtala, Allan Parajas, Bradley Litviak, Miriam Mazor, Zifeng Liang.

No one was more proud of the team than their faculty advisory, Ed Hohenberg.

“It’s an awesome thing to have our University of Manitoba SAE Aero team win the SAE Aero Design Competition for the second time in a row, for a number of reasons. First it proves to any skeptics that last year’s win wasn’t a fluke. Secondly, it shows the world that Manitoba really is a center of excellence for Aerospace Engineering (the local Boeing, Magellan and Standard Aero companies have all been long time sponsors and supporters of our UMSAE teams). And last but certainly not least, the students that participate on these teams as an extracurricular activity put in a tremendous amount of time and effort throughout the year, so winning the world competition gives them the ultimate sense of accomplishment.”

Congratulations to the team members on this incredible accomplishment and representing U of M on the international stage!

Friends of Engineering Awards the 2018 – 2019 Co-operative Education Student of the Year Award

Carolyn Geddert, P.Eng. (left) with Katie Moist (centre) and Friends of Engineering Chair, Robyn Koropatnick, P.Eng. (right)

Friends of Engineering (Manitoba) Ltd. has awarded civil engineering student Katie Moist with the 2018-2019 Co-operative Education Student of the Year Award. Katie, and her family, were on hand last evening at the Friends of Engineering Annual General Meeting in the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building where incoming chair Robyn Koropatnick, P.Eng. and Carolyn Geddert, P.Eng.,Director of Co-operative Education and Industrial Internships Program (Co-op/IIP) for the Faculty of Engineering presented her with the award and a $2000 cash prize.

Since coming to the University of Manitoba in 2014, Katie has been an active member of the Faculty of Engineering. Katie has been involved with University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) as their vice-stick communications, vice-stick internal, WESST-CFES representative and the representative with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. She is a committee member with the 30 by 30 Campaign and was chair of the 2019 Western Engineering Competition which had over 200 attendees from across Western Canada.

Katie completed a student work term as an engineering aide at KGS Group in the summer of 2017-18. She received high praise from the firm who described her as a “responsible, hardworking individual” and someone who “demonstrate[d] exemplary capabilities”.

As for Katie, she will be graduating this spring and credits her time in the Faculty and the Co-op/IIP program as central in paving the way for the next chapter in her engineering career.

“The co-op experience has been an invaluable addition to my education, allowing me to bring together everything that I have learned in the classroom and apply it to real life projects. I am honoured to be selected as the Friends of Engineering Cooperative Education Student of the Year, having my employer and professionals recognize the contributions I have made in the industry is a huge compliment.”

U of M engineering teams take home first place at the Western Engineering Competition

46 students represented U of M out of 238 delegates from 13 institutions.

January 28, 2019 — with files from UM Today

Students from the Faculty of Engineering have once again proven themselves at the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). WEC 2019, hosted by the University of Manitoba from Jan. 16-20, 2019, saw teams from across western Canada compete in a variety of challenges to determine who would advance to the national competition. The event was made possible by a number of different sponsors, include Friends of Engineering who donated $4000 towards the competition.  

WEC consists of 8 different competitions: Senior Design, Junior Design, Consulting, Re-Engineering, Innovative Design, Impromptu Debate, Engineering Communications, and Programming. U of M Engineering students took home first place in the Impromptu Debate and Re-engineering competition categories, and U of M Engineering students placed second in the innovative design competition. All three teams will travel to Waterloo in March to compete in the Canadian Engineering Competition.

Meet the student teams:

(L-R) Nicholas Aruiar and Jack Carver: First place for Impromptu Debate

Nicholas Aruiar, a fourth-year electrical engineering student, and Jack Carver, a third-year mechanical engineering student, will represent the Impromptu Debate Team. In teams of two, students debated a topic/resolution from a predetermined position, which they received ahead of the competition. The topics were typically controversial statements about policy that were fueled by an engineering background. This is the second year that U of M students has placed in this category. Aruiar had also been on last years winning team.

(L-R) Michael Rempel Boschman and Emma McTavish: First place for Re-engineering

Third-year mechanical engineering students Michael Rempel Boschman and Emma McTavish will represent the Re-engineering Team. The re-engineering teams were challenged to improve upon a previously existing product or design solution. The team was given two different cases where they had to re-engineer an irrigation system and an ice scraper to be useful year round.  Every year this competition displays a vast amount of creativity as students present their idea with the same functionality as the original in new and exciting ways. The design problem was revealed the morning of the competition and was later critiqued by a panel of judges.

(L-R) Davis McClarty, Matthew Cann and Brooke Giesbrecht: Second place for Innovative design

Three fifth-year mechanical engineering students, Davis McClarty, Matthew Cann and Brooke Giesbrecht are also off to Waterloo, representing U of M in the category of Innovative Design. Innovative design is vastly different from the other competitions as it allows teams to develop a solution to a real-world problem of their choosing prior to coming to WEC. It is then presented to multiple panels of technical and non-technical judges. Competitors set up booths at the venue on the day of evaluation for peers and judges to walk around and critique their solutions.

WEC 2019 not possible without student volunteers

WEC 2019 Executive and Organizing committee

As the host institution, U of M Engineering students stepped up to the plate and delivered a strong, well-organized conference packed with fun events for delegates in addition to the competitions themselves. WEC Chair, Katie Moist, and her team of 19 student volunteers put in countless hours to make this years competition a success.

2019 WEC Chair, Katie Moist

“WEC 2019 embodied the theme of Engineering Changes Lives, a campaign that was started by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba in response to 30 by 30 initiative. Seeing engineers as enablers of change in all aspects of society will only allow the impact engineers are able to make in society grow. WEC 2019 saw impactful and creative solutions to a variety of problems. Without the hard work and dedication from our executive and organizing team, this would not have been possible.”

The 2019 Canadian Engineering Competition takes place at the University of Waterloo from March 1st – 4th.

2019 WEC Executive and Organizing Committee Members

Executive Organizing
Katie Moist, Chair Miranda Ewashko, Marketing
Adam Kriegl, VP Competitions Stephanie Turner, Special Events
Matt Allen, VP Communications Sean Coey, Swag
Daniella Archer, VP Logistics Rémi Durocher, Sponsorship
Zach Grossart, VP Social Shea Hunt, Senior Design
Karlee Moist, VP Finance Hannah McBride, Junior Design
Eric Schillberg, VP Sponsorship Navjot Singh Garcha, Engineering Communications
  Jessie Robertson, Impromptu Debate
  Tim Veldhuis, Innovative Design
  Robin Armstrong, Consulting
  Jasper Arthur, Re-Engineering
  Laura Stoyko, Programming
  Erin Thomas, Hospitality & Banquet

First classes take place in the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building

Stanley Pauley Engineering Building is now open following years of design and construction.

January 14, 2019 — with files from UM Today

A significant milestone in the development of the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building occurred on Monday, January 14, 2019, with the first class of students completing undergraduate electrical engineering laboratories in the new facilities, marking the unofficial opening of the new, 46,100 square-foot facility at the Fort Garry Campus.

This milestone results from the contribution of a large team from across the University, consultants, and contractors. The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building would not be possible without significant support through the Front and Centre Campaign from more than 700 donors, including the foundational commitment of $5 million from the Pauley Family Foundation. Friends of Engineering has also committed $100,000 over 5 years for the project. 

Significant funding was also received from the Federal Government Strategic Infrastructure Fund and the Province of Manitoba. Over the next few months all the various areas of the building will be fully commissioned.

The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building will house a range of teaching and research laboratories, the Price Innovation and Prototype Centre, to support design team project fabrication, new program offices, and student study space.

This new building helps the Faculty of Engineering better support the 57% increase in student enrolment so far this decade, as well as offering enhanced educational and research opportunities to students.

Faculty and Staff Honour Former Dean Douglas Ruth with Laneway

Former Dean Emeritus Doug Ruth unveils a new sign leading into the EITC, officially recognizing the space as Doug Ruth Laneway.

December 19, 2018 — with files from UM Today

As a distinguished graduate of the University, and a core faculty member for more than 30 years, former Dean Emeritus, Dr. Douglas Ruth [B.Sc. (1970), M.Sc. (1972), Ph.D. (1977), P.Eng.] will officially retire at the end of December.

This week, faculty and staff joined Doug in celebrating his years of hard work and dedication to the faculty with a reception in the EITC Atrium – an atrium which he was instrumental in the construction of during his time as Dean. Following remarks from current Dean Jonathan Beddoes, the group gathered outside the EITC where Doug unveiled a new sign titled “Doug Ruth Laneway”, officially recognizing the space in his honour.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized. I plan to stay involved, but I will miss the people.”

Since first starting his career with the faculty in 1987, Dr. Ruth worked in a variety of different roles within the Faculty of Engineering. He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1999-2010, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Design Education. Doug was the second of the University of Manitoba’s three NSERC Chairs in Design Engineering and championed new concepts such as Engineers-in-Residence, and industry-based design courses, both of which have seen tremendous success with students.

Doug credits the success of his time as Dean to the many supports he had: “I’ve always believed that a leader can do nothing, but without a leader, nothing gets done.” said Ruth “So anything that was done, and I was involved in, it was because of the achievement of others.”

Although there are countless instances where he was proud to be a part of the Faculty of Engineering, Doug says that “What I’m most proud of is the students we graduate. We are providing Manitoba, Canada and the world with some of the best engineering graduates on the planet.”


Please join us at the Monday Night H.I.R.E.D

Highway 59 – Perimeter Overpass

Presented by: Don McRitchie, P.Eng.
Team Leader, Capital Projects Branch, Manitoba Infrastructure

February 4, 2019
5:30pm – 6:30pm (followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception)
E3-270 Engineering & Information Technology Complex
Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba

The Highway 59 Interchange project realigns the Perimeter Highway, allowing traffic to flow without interruption across northeast Winnipeg.

The three-year mega project has resulted in:

  • a new interchange at the intersection of Hwy 59 and the Perimeter Highway, Winnipeg’s north Perimeter route
  • realigning the Perimeter Highway, with infrastructure in place to upgrade to six lanes in the future
  • an upgraded intersection at Hwy 59 & 202 with a traffic signal and additional turn lanes
  • a new crossing at the Perimeter Highway at Raleigh Street / Gateway Street to accommodate an active transportation corridor and a dedicated emergency vehicle crossing
  • redirecting Knowles Avenue traffic to the Headmaster Row extension

With approximately 70,000 vehicles passing through this complex intersection every day, this project was the first provincial highway project to include Active Transportation in the design plan from the beginning. The extension of the North East Pioneers Greenway multi-use trail under the Perimeter highway was made a priority and gives Winnipeg residents access to Birds Hill Park and opens up a trail network throughout the city to residents of East St. Paul.

Construction began in July 2015 on the $250-million interchange and was completed in September 2018. Approximately 600 people, including many engineers, worked on the project, for a total of one million hours of work.  The area of concrete pavement used during construction would be enough to completely cover 28 football fields.

Join us to learn more about this impressive engineering project and network with engineering students and professionals!

RSVP not required, but appreciated to or by phone 204-474-7938