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UofM Capstone Project Awards 2011

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

On May 19, 2011, the IEEE Winnipeg Section handed out the awards to the best Capstone Design Projects from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Manitoba.

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2011 IEEE Winnipeg Section Undergraduate Thesis Ted Glass Award:

  • Students: Kane Anderson, Tahir Diop, and Yin Fei Meng
  • Project: “Variable lift controls in weather balloons for near space applications”
  • Advisor: Dr. Witold Kinsner

 

2011 IEEE Winnipeg Section Undergraduate Thesis Award:

 

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  • 1st Place Award
    • Students: Sumek Elimban, Vivek Elimban, and Benjamin Gustave
    • Project: “Real-time hardware-in-Loop induction motor drive”
    • Advisor: Dr. Shaahin Filizadeh

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  • 2nd Place Award
    • Students: Kane Anderson, Tahir Diop, and Yin Fei Meng
    • Project: “Variable lift controls in weather balloons for near space applications”
    • Advisor: Dr. Witold Kinsner

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  • 3rd Place Award
    • Students: Rebecca Joseph, Samantha Olson, and Kristy-Lee Trembley
    • Project: “Design and construction of a laryngoscope training tool”
    • Advisor: Dr. Zahra Moussavi

Manitoba Robot Games

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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The 16th annual Manitoba Robot Games will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Tec Voc High School. Once again, a number of volunteer positions are available – judge, timekeeper, security, registration, etc. So, if you have a few hours to spare, please come out, make new friends, and have fun in an environment that promotes science and technology to youth in MB!

If you would like to volunteer, send me an email with:

Your availability:

  • Training is Wednesday, March 16, 7 – 8:30 PM at Tec Voc
  • Set-up is Friday, March 18, 5 – 7 PM
  • Games are Saturday, March 19, 8 AM – 6 PM

Your t-shirt size

Your contact information

Looking forward to seeing you at the Games!

Jelena Piplica
Volunteer Coordinator
MB Robot Games
www.mbrobotgames.ca

BiPole 3 Endorsement

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Letter from Jim Graham:

You will know that the provincial government has instructed Manitoba Hydro to build a new transmission line to Winnipeg from the Nelson River dams near Hudson Bay on a route down the west side of the province. The line is known as BiPole3.

Hydro engineers originally proposed a route down the east side of Lake Winnipeg. This instruction by the government is a difficult issue for our engineering colleagues in Hydro.

The ADDITIONAL cost of the west-side route over the east-side route is somewhere around $1.4 -$1.7 billion dollars over 20 years. This figure includes additional construction costs for the longer line, reduction of earnings because of line losses, and additional costs of financing.

A number of retired engineers from Hydro, the University of Manitoba, and other backgrounds feel that the east-side route is much to be preferred because it • is much shorter and involves smaller ongoing line losses

  • will be significantly less expensive
  • produces higher revenues from the same amount of generated power
  • is in an area with lower frequency of tornados and lightning strikes
  • impacts a smaller number of land owners and existing infrastructure
  • through the combination of decreased hazard and impact, has lower risk of breakdown and higher reliability
  • involves essentially similar distance in boreal forest as the West Side route and has broadly similar environmental impact.
  • brings economic opportunities to East Side communities.
     

This consensus is based on the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM), and the Engineering Obligation adopted by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in relation to the environment.

Engineers supporting the consensus include Mr. Len Bateman, former CEO of Hydro and Mr. Dave Ennis, former Executive Director of APEGM. Members attending the recent Annual General Meeting will know that the APEGM Council has been asked to consider whether they will undertake advocacy to reverse the decision favouring the west-side route. Significant opposition has developed among the affected farming community in SW Manitoba.

To promote the preferred east-side route, a group known as the BIPole III Coalition has been formed to raise public awareness of the issue and hopefully to lead to a return to the route originally proposed by Hydro engineers. The coalition currently includes retired professional engineers, landowners, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and the Manitoba and Canadian Aerial Applicators Associations. Contacts have already been made with APEGM. The Chamber of Commerce will also be approached for their support.

I have attached the following files:

  • A PowerPoint presentation that outlines the relative merits of the east-side and west-side routes. [download]
  • A letter signed by six senior retired engineering professors from the University of Manitoba. [download]
     

I ask that your organizations, as local sections of major national technical societies, agree to be included as supporting the objectives of the Coalition. As I understand, the support would be in the form of a listing of your organization (not individual members) in promotions of the Coalition’s objectives. There would be no financial commitment, though donations to offset expenses would no doubt be welcomed. What we want is your support for the technical case we will present.

If I may, I ask that you take this request to the Executive Committee of your local section and have them consider it. I hope the Committee’s response will be favourable.

Regards
Jim Graham, PhD DSc FEIC PEng,
Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba.
jgraham@cc.umanitoba.ca, 204-269-0424

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CCECE 2011 – Call for Papers

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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Date:

May 8-11, 2011

Location:

Sheraton Fallsview,
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Abstract:

The 2011 IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2011) will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from May 8‐11, 2011.  CCECE 2011 provides a forum for the presentation of electrical and computer engineering research and development from Canada and around the world. Papers are invited, in French or English, for the following symposia.

Important Dates:

Tutorial or workshop proposals must be received by: Friday, December 3, 2010
Full length paper must be received by: Friday, January 7, 2011
Notification of acceptance will be sent out by: Friday, February 4, 2011
Author’s Registration ends by: Friday, March 4, 2011
Advance Registration ends by: Friday, April 1, 2011

Download:

Contact:

Wai Tung Ng, University of Toronto
Conference Chair and IEEE Toronto Section Chair

Scott Yam, Queen’s University
Technical Program Co-chairs

Andy Ye, Ryerson University
Technical Program Co-chairs

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Call for Nominations: Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

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Abstract:

Sandra Corbeil, Manager of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, and Claude Faubert, Director General of the Canada Science and Technology Museum, invite you to nominate a distinguished scientist or engineer in your field for induction into the ‘Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.’

The Hall of Fame is housed at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, and has the following main objectives:

  • To honour Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to society in the fields of science and engineering. .
  • To promote role models who will help attract young Canadians to careers in science, engineering and technology.

More than 40 Canadian scientists, engineers and innovators have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The achievements of these individuals have been so remarkable. and their contributions to society so great, that the Museum hopes one day to make all Canadians aware of their accomplishments.

New members are chosen through a nomination and selection process. Anyone may nominate an individual who has made a significant contribution in the fields of science, engineering or technology.

Please read the attached document for more information on the selection criteria and nomination process.

Deadline:

November 1, 2010

Documents:

Links:

Contact:

Claude Faubert, Director General
Canada Science and Technology Museum

Sandra Corbeil, Manager
Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame