The UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering (FSDE) recently held another industry day. Students presented some of their senior clinic projects, heard from the staff and some partner clients, and promoted additional partnerships for future projects.
Allan Dale, Director of Industry Partnership, and Dr. Nicolas Krouglicof, Dean of Engineering, welcomed about 100 people to learn more about the industry partnerships for this school year.
“Unlike most engineering programs, we start in first year to integrate clinic projects into every semester of the program,” says Dr. Krouglicof. “Our engineering school focuses on experiential learning: learn by doing. We are very thankful for the many business and community partnerships which give students real-world challenges through industry clinic projects.”
In this school year, FSDE students and staff are working on about 25 industry clinic projects. They aim to have up to 75 clinic projects in operation per year.
Twelve fourth-year students presented their senior clinic projects. Many of the projects are done in partnership with PEI companies. Other global clinic projects brought the students’ work to Pakistan, New York, Montreal, and other locations.
“In many cases, clients have the services of three to five third and fourth-year students working on problems identified as issues and challenges to be solved,” says Dr. Krouglicof.
“From September to May, students put in a great number of hours a week problem solving their clinic projects.
The client interacts with the students, who are a great resource for the business, and could be hired after the student graduates. Fourth-year students have the skills and capabilities resembling a junior engineer.”
“Clients also benefit from the access to many resources such as technicians, and engineering faculty, labs, and state-of-the-art equipment at the FSDE.”
Some senior clinic projects and business partnerships
Jeremy Burke, Student – “We are working with Aspin Kemp & Associates Inc. in Montague. This company works with a large volume and variety of energy storage technologies.”
The student team is designing and building a battery test bay which will analyze information such as battery life, the number of cycles batteries can endure, and charging/discharging rates. The testing bay will help the company learn more about the products they are buying.
Mason Boertien, Student – “We are working with the City of Summerside on a project to promote awareness of renewable energy systems and energy storage. We are designing a display unit to demonstrate these technologies. The unit will be interactive, interesting and educational.
“We plan to build a small-scale model to demonstrate the different sustainable energy initiatives the city has adopted over the last couple of years. Summerside has a multiple range of energy efficiency systems in place. City residents may not be fully aware of how these systems function, what is available to them, and the benefits.
“The model will include renewable energy resources such as their solar system and energy storage. It will also feature the operation of the wind farm system.”
For more information about UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, visit www.upei.ca/engineering/welcome.