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Emerging innovations on display at UNB Engineering Design Symposium

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Apr 3, 2018

Category: UNB Fredericton

Scores of innovations by University of New Brunswick engineering students will be unveiled to the public at the fourth annual UNB Engineering Design Symposium at the Fredericton Convention Centre this Thursday, April 5.

All are invited to the one-day symposium (#UNBDesign) showcasing the work of about 300 final-year engineering students solving real-world problems through innovation and ingenuity.

Among the projects on display will be a 3D-printed pediatric prosthetic hand, a specialized compost grinder and a kit for converting conventional vehicles to electric.

The projects were developed through the students’ capstone design classes. A large number of projects are sponsored by local governments, companies, and non-profit organizations, allowing students to get hands-on experience and make connections with potential employers.

Dr. Chris Diduch, UNB’s dean of engineering, says the symposium is an exciting event for final-year students, who are keen to share their prototypes and innovative solutions with the public.

“In just a few years, the UNB Engineering Design Symposium has become a premiere showcase for innovation. It has become an inspiring force for students, who are eager to show the world how they are applying their UNB engineering education to invent new technologies and solve emerging problems,” Dr. Diduch says.

Engineering disciplines involved include chemical, civil, electrical, geological, geomatics, mechanical, software as well as technology management and entrepreneurship.

The symposium is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5. There is no admission charge.

Media contact: David Stonehouse

Photo: In this file photo, UNB engineering students present their innovations at the UNB Engineering Design Symposium in 2017. This year's symposium at the Fredericton Convention Centre on Thursday, April 5, features new technologies and solutions to emerging problems all designed by students. The public is invited to this free event. Credit: Rob Blanchard / Photo UNB