NEM Ontario 2018 University Challenge Results
2018 marks the beginning of the first annual Engineering Student Outreach Challenge (ESOC). The competition invites students from universities across Ontario to host an event or series of events during NEM and compete for a three cash prizes: $3000 (for first place), $1500 (for second place), and $750 (for third place).
This year, NEM 2018 Challenge featured 5 student teams from 4 different universities. An impressive total of 16 events were run by the student lead teams during National Engineering Month in March.
The events were scored on Effectiveness of Messaging, Integration of NEM theme and visual elements and Participant Engagement. The rankings below were determined by the National Engineering Month Ontario Steering Committee, weighing the Event Scorecards, Event Info Packets, and pre/post-event Engagement.
Congratulations to all the teams and a big thank you for all their efforts!
NEM Ontario 2018 Challenge Winners and Ranking!
Innovative Community Development
Team Members: Alex Polyak, Benjamin Policar, Troy Smith, Calvin Ing, Joshua Foster
Alex & team ran 10 events over the course of National Engineering Month as follows:
Mall Event: Innovative Community Development Competition: Thursday, March 2nd, 2018
Thunder Bay, ON – The Engineering Student Society (ESS) of Lakehead University hosted an interactive booth at the local Intercity Shopping Mall, where they polled the public with questions regarding the many problems faced by the residents of Thunder Bay.
High School Event: Innovative Community Development Competition: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 10:00am-13:30am
Thunder Bay, ON – The Engineering Student Society (ESS) of Lakehead University challenged high school students to come up with unique solutions to problems faced by the residents of Thunder Bay. It is the hope of the ESS, that this year’s NEM message of “There’s a place for you!” was well portrayed to the students and opened their eyes to the possibilities of an engineering career in their future.
The event was hosted at St. Patrick High School on March 22, 2018.
Aboriginal Student Outreach: Innovative Community Development Competition: Dates Varied
Thunder Bay, ON – The Engineering Student Society (ESS) of Lakehead University attended 5 of the local High School’s and engaged in an interactive presentation and questionnaire in collaboration with the aboriginal mentorship program
University Campus Events: Innovative Community Development Competition: Dates Varied
Thunder Bay, ON – The Engineering Student Society (ESS) of Lakehead University hosted several University campus events, including Sno-golf, ScavENG, and Movie night. All the events had inclusivity in their core principles and brought a huge turnout of Lakehead engineers.
I Look Like an Engineer
University of Windsor
Team Members: Eleane Paguaga Amadork, Larysa Hyzka
A symposium designed to celebrate National Engineering Month (NEM) in hopes to show another side of the engineering profession.
In the spirit of innovation and community Paguaga Amador and Hyzka gathered a handful of people from their community whom they believe to be leaders in the Windsor-Essex community to share their stories on how they chose engineering and what it means for them to be part of the profession to students across the city. “We wanted to show people that engineering is not just designing bridges and fast cars, but solving the problems of the world,” says Hyzka. This was evident through story after story of speakers who believed that their highest potential could be reached through engineering because it allowed them to make the lives of other easier.
In a poignant and powerful speech by Destiny Soney, a third year Anishinaabe Environmental Engineering student remarked “[The Creator] gave my people the job of protecting Turtle Island. This is how I play my part.” If everyone saw engineering as a way to fulfill society’s greatest needs, then maybe more students would consider a this career path. “There are many stereotypes associated with engineering which is quite unfortunate as the profession is changing quickly. We are people of colours, we are queer, we are neurodivergent, we are non-binary, and we are unstoppable,” says Paguaga Amador.
Western Water Chapter (WWC) Career Showcase
Team Members: Howard Tong, Sabina Rakhimbekova, Alexandra Duchesne, Patrick Breach
As the evening approached, the event drew near. The organizers and volunteers worked up a sweat making the final touches to the event venue. When all was complete, there was certainly excitement in the air. There was a sigh of relief as the guest speakers arrived early. Students started to stream into the room after the registration was complete. To their delight, they were met with free food, and not just pizza!
Students took to their seats as the guest began to speak. Monica McVicar started the evening off talking about her career path and her work at the City of London, tying in infrastructure projects that affected the city, its citizens and environment. Phil Spencer continued the evening’s discussion with his experience in the consulting industry, emphasizing the opportunities and challenges that engineers face. He was once in our shoes as a Western University student, but has since then travelled to different parts of the world for his work. Next, Imtiaz Shah provided the audience insight to the unique role of conservation authorities, having responsibilities that range from technical experts to regulators to environmental stewards. Steve Hales finished off the night with his insights from the consulting industry, reinforcing how multidisciplinary consulting work can be, showing there is a place for everyone.
The event drew to a close and the students could mingle, network and ask questions with the guests. A sweet treat in the form of pies awaited them as a small homage to Pi Day.
Other Participating Teams
|University||Event Name||Team Members|
|UOIT||Bus Pull, Car Smash, EngSocs in Highschools||Gabriel Pizzaro|
|Western||Eng Tech Expo||Ruiqi Yang, Jenny Li, Richard Wu|
We would like to encourage all teams planning to return to the challenge for NEM 2019 to use this information as a resource to continue to build and strengthen your events. Ready for NEM 2019 now? Register your team HERE!