Technology - March 29
Waterloo engineering students put innovative work on display
Engineering projects that push the boundaries of innovation will be on display at the annual Capstone Design symposiums, beginning this week at the University of Waterloo.
Senior-year engineering students at Waterloo will exhibit projects ranging from snow-removal machines that use ultrasound technology to decaffeinating coffee filters for household coffee machines.
"The design projects represent months of hard work by our inventive students," said Rick Culham, acting dean of engineering at Waterloo. "As in past years, we anticipate that some of the projects will lead to successful start-up companies and the commercialization of new products and services.”
Capstone Design is a degree requirement for undergraduate engineering students at Waterloo. During the symposia from March 17 through 28, at least 700 students in 12 programs will present more than 150 projects.
On March 29, 15 qualifying teams will compete for $60,000 in a pitch presentation funded by the Esch Foundation. The winner of the Sedra People's Choice Award will receive an additional $3,000 in funding.
Additional project highlights this year include:
• Lightweight wearable technology featuring oxygen-absorbing nanomaterial designed to replace heavy oxygen tanks
• Ergonomic gloves fitted with sensors to instantly translate sign language into speech
• Drinking water generator for developing countries
• Wearable sensor suit that provides masons with posture feedback
• Short-wave vascular endoscope design
• Golf ball you will never lose thanks to built-in GPS and wireless technology
• Mobile robot for mapping and inspecting pipes in the boiler rooms of nuclear power plants
• Tools to assist illiterate and innumerate adults in developing countries with financial planning
• Design for a foldable and lightweight temporary bridge for post-disaster regions
• Specialized 3D printer designed to produce biocompatible bone grafts
• Online service for personalized storybooks using children’s names and photos
Members of the public and the media are invited to the Capstone projects on display, which are located on the University of Waterloo campus.