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Faculty Accolades, May 2014

SAE’s first-place finish in Detroit, recognition for aerospace research, and annual design awards in mechanical and industrial engineering
April 30, 2014
By Laurence Miall

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit, Michigan is one of the biggest car industry events of the year. It was on this international stage that, on April 8, 2014, Concordia's student chapter of the SAE and its Supermileage project clinched first place in the prestigious Student Exhibit Competition. Concordia's team finished ahead of 10 others, including groups from Puerto Rico, the United States and, closer to home, the École Polytechnique de Montréal. The competition's judges included industry experts from companies like General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and NASCAR.

Suong Hoa, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and his research collaborators, were awarded first place in the “project category” at the research forum of the Consortium de Recherche et innovation synergétiques en aérospatiale (CRIAQ), hosted in Montreal April 16-17, 2014. Hoa worked with fellow Concordian, Minguan Chen, along with Pascal Hubert from McGill University and Goran Fernlund from the University of British Columbia on a project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The team’s research resulted in a prototype built out of composite materials using what is called “out of autoclave” manufacturing—that is, cured in an oven only. This project has great potential of lowering the overall costs of materials used in the aerospace industry.

Congratulations to all the members of the prize-winning teams at the annual Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Design Awards Day. Among so many strong projects, here were the prize-winners.

Richard Cheng Design Award for Mechanical Engineering

Project: Mars Rover. Team members - Vanessa Cheng, Bingzi Li, Stephanie Lambrinakos-Raymond, Ivan Ivanov, Nicholas Di Virgilio, Stefanos Dermenakis, Mercedes Parrella-Ilaria.

1st and 2nd Prize Capstone Design Awards for Mechanical Engineering

Project: Carbon-Fibre Monocoque Body for the Concordia SAE Super-Mileage Team. Team members: Mehran Eimanlou, Norvan Gharabegi, Daniel Woo, Alexandre Laroche, Tareq El Alami

Project: Design of a complete heart duplicator. Team members: Alexandre Bélanger, Emilia Benevento, Kevin Caro, Giuseppe Di Labbio, Nick Ghaffari, Brittney Hachey, Vahid Noohi, Oliviero Radack.

Capstone Design Award for Industrial Engineering

Project: MUHC Ambulatory Care Centre at the Glen Cancer Centre.  Team members: Amy Tuyet Nhi Ma, Elizabeth Mokrusa, Johnny Alberto Paredes Seminario, Rodger Ragasa, Pardeep Trehan.

Mega Brands Prizes for Design

Project: Design and process improvement on packaging production line, sponsored by Mega Brands Team members: M’Baye Diagne, Jason Gagnon, Mohamad Hallak, Akosua Osei-Bonsu, Turki Halawani, Elodie Marchand, Mina Jafari, Yassin Ahmed

Project: Design and process improvement on packaging production line, sponsored by Mega Brands

Team members: Tarek Elewa, Didier Calixte, Oscar Ulises Maldonado Nunez, Payam Rizvi, Philippe Kaplo, Ratanang Kubanj, Simon Sidarous

Silas Katz Award

-Tayeb Zitouni

Certificates of Merit for undergraduate student involvement in extracurricular activities through student associations

-Joyce Alfara, IIE President

-Space Concordia members: Mercedes Parrella , Nicholas Velenosi, Neil Woodcock, Ivan Ivanov, Mehdi Sabzalian, Karol Laguna-Elliott

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