Spotlight on uOttawa’s engineered brilliance

Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017

By Johanne Adam

Engineering students pulled out all the stops during Design Day March 29 at SITE.

Hydroponics, accessible design, robotics — more than 100 projects were on view.  A dozen awards were handed out at this second edition of the day, organized under the NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design.

Several teams presented steampunk-style projects, in preparation for the National Science and Innovation Gala, which will take place at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in May. Some teams will also be participating in the gala. 

As you can see, ingenuity and creativity were very much in evidence! 


In the accessibility category, a team that designed a foot-operated remote took the honours. The device was made for Jorge de Almeida, who lives with cerebral palsy. As he can’t use his hands, he has to operate his TV remote with his feet — a complicated task given the small size of the buttons. His new remote was designed using the 3D printers at the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace.






This fully functional artificial limb was entered in the Canada 150 Makerspace Challenge — steampunk category. 



… and this heartbeat-detecting vest. 

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