Engineers strike gold

March 24, 2005, vol. 32, no. 6

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SFU's engineering science students recently returned home from the western engineering competition with six medals, including two gold medals and the spirit award acknowledging good fellowship.

The school of engineering science sent 13 teams to the competition in Saskatoon where they competed against engineering faculties from eight western universities.

SFU's teams swept the entrepreneurial design category. Students Arash Taheri, Nima Kokabi, Ali Taheri and Houman Hatmian placed first with a proposal for an improved prosthetic eye. Eric Lee, Eric Leung and Sepehr Mogharei took second place with their proposal and prototype for an autonomous mobile robot platform, while William Ng and Kelvin Mok took the bronze medal with their proposal for a self-heating instant meal.

In the corporate design category, Nima Jahedi won gold for his work on using fiber optic sensors in harsh environmental conditions.

Alex Gutica won the bronze medal in the editorial communication category for his discussion of chaos theory and its impact on society, while Wojtek Piaseczny and Chris Richardson placed third in extemporaneous debate.

Three of these teams also qualified to represent SFU at the Canadian engineering competition in March.

Over the past five years, SFU's engineering science students have won 25 awards at this competition, ranking the school second overall.

The teams' corporate sponsors included Broadcom, AirG, Creo and Raytheon.

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