For the past 19 years, the Engineering Department at the University of Regina has been hosting Engineering Project Day, where 4th year engineering students present their final design projects to the public.
At this year's event, the student groups were divided into four categories: Electronic engineering, industrial engineering, petroleum and software engineering. Each category had a specific design project that could be used to help solve real-life dilemmas in Saskatchewan.
After speaking with a few of the student groups, I gained a new appreciation and understanding of the engineering field, and it's importance for continued innovations in today's society. There were a couple of projects that were beyond my comprehension — but that's why there are engineers in this world ;-).
Group projects included everything from tire traction improvements, to complete reconstruction of machines for local businesses, to projects focused on bettering heating efficiency and thermal mass both in our homes and at work.
Finding solutions for real-life problems is just one of the ways our universities are fostering creativitiy and innovation in our students.
Even though I don't have a direct background in engineering, seeing first-hand an idea or a vision from a student come to life is really quite remarkable.
Thank you for reading!