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.”

The mechanics of generosity

Gerry Price at the Oct. 25, 2018 event. The Price Scholarships in Engineering are the fifth student awards established by the Price family.

October 26, 2018 — with files from UM Today

When the current Engineering & Information Technology Campus (EITC) was under construction, Gerry Price stepped forward with a generous offer: he would supply all the ventilation equipment required for the project. He joked that when students looked up, he wanted them to see a Price diffuser.

All humour aside, the gesture was characteristic of Gerry Price and his wife Barb’s decades-long support of the U of M which is far-reaching and large in scale, and a gesture that was replicated last night at a reception in EITC.

There, 66 students were celebrated as the first recipients of the inaugural Price Scholarships in Engineering: the Price family’s latest gift of $1 million.

This is not the first time Price [BSc(ME)/70, MSc/72, LLD(Hon)/17] – a member of the President’s Campaign Team – has given back to his alma mater or to the Front and Centre campaign. In 2016, the Price family and Price Industries donated $1.25 million towards teaching and learning spaces, scholarships and ENGAP, Canada’s most successful engineering access program.

Gerry Price (sixth from right in front row) at the Oct. 25, 2018 event celebrating the first recipients of the inaugural Price Scholarships in Engineering.

The Price Scholarships in Engineering are the fifth student awards established by the Price family.

Price has said that money has never been his objective in life but rather a by-product of a successful business. He is happy to grow a legacy measured not by wealth but by how many people have benefitted, and it is clear that he and Barb [BHEc/69, CertEd/70] believe the U of M is beneficial – for students and Manitoba.

In addition to providing financial support for engineering education – which Price has said “teaches you work ethic, persistence and a systemic approach to problem solving” – he has also strengthened the link between the U of M and professional engineers, architects, designers and the business community in Manitoba.

He is a founder of Friends of Engineering, the Partners Program in the Faculty of Architecture and the Associates of the Asper School of Business.

In 2011, Gerry and Barb were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Manitoba Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“To have watched the global rise of the Price Group of Companies is to know that Gerry Price is one of Manitoba’s most successful innovators,” says Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. “We are honoured that he has chosen to shape the next generation of innovators here in the Faculty of Engineering through his generous support of our students from the moment they join our faculty through to their final year of education.”

15 Years Strong – IEEQ Welcomes back Alumni to celebrate accomplishments

October 9, 2018 — The Faculty of Engineering was delighted to welcome back alumni from the Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification (IEEQ) Program as part of the 2018 Homecoming Celebrations. The IEEQ Program is a program designed for Internationally-educated engineers as a pathway to be considered academically qualified by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, as part of the process toward a professional Engineering (P.Eng.) license in Manitoba. The evening was to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the program at the faculty, but to also recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the many alumni which the program has seen since its inception in 2003. Joined by Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba and Dean Dr. Jonathan Beddoes, alumni came together to reflect on their time in the program and collectively celebrate their many notable accomplishments since graduation.

“It’s an honour and privilege to be a part of such a meaningful program. Each alumni of the program is remarkable.” Nusraat Masood, Director, IEEQ Program

The evening program was led by IEEQ Program Director, Nusraat Masood and included congratulations and reflections from past Director Dr. Marcia Friesen, Grant Koropatnick, CEO & Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and IEEQ program supporter, James Sinnock, Human Resources Advisor at Manitoba Hydro.  Ethel Fernandez (P.B.Dip.Eng., 2013), spoke at length to those gathered about how she felt when she first arrived in Canada and not being qualified to obtain work in her field. Coming from the Philippines, Fernandez praised the IEEQ program and staff for their help and guidance throughout her time at the University. She said both the academic and cultural components of the program changed her life.

Dr. Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering described the IEEQ program as “imaginative and unique” and also praised the program for allowing new Canadians to obtain work in their field faster upon arrival. He said the stories he heard from alumni were inspiring.

The program’s former Director, Dr. Marcia Friesen said that she has seen continual growth since 2003 when the program was first launched at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Friesen, who was in attendance at the event, said, “It was wonderful to see so many years of IEEQ alumni attend the homecoming and to hear of the exciting developments in their professional lives, their involvements in service to the engineering profession, and to see the community that they’ve developed with one another.  It’s truly a pleasure to have been a part of the program for so many years”

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