Friday, March 24, 2017
Sarnia, ON- Western University students compete at Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
The Sarnia Observer (March 24, 2017) -- More than 70 Western University students competed in the 12th annual Capstone Engineering and Design Competition held in Sarnia Friday.
Students, all from Western's chemical and biochemical engineering department, presented projects in the categories of petrochemicals, green and biochemical processes, and specialty chemicals.
All of the projects were judged by community and industry leaders at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park Friday.
"The annual Capstone competition continues to deliver a wealth of experience for participating students," said Dr. Katherine Albion, director of the Bowman Centre for Commercialization, in a release.
"Feedback shared by the engineers, researchers and other community professionals helps to form the careers of these students."
This year, the Capstone Engineering and Design Competition secured a total of $13,000 in sponsorships to benefit student competitors. These sponsorships were provided by local industry and community leaders.
This year's winning projects included:
Oxydehydrogenation of propane, presented by Tyler Deighton, Matt Tucci, Austin Cameron and Ariel Porat;
Fischer-Tropsch synthesis for the production of liquid fuels (natural gas), presented by Mai Abdou, Ahmad Hammed, Caitlin Cornejo, Azeen Moradipour and Eyad Farid.
GREEN AND BIOCHEMICAL PROCESSES
Production of ASA (asprin), presented by Brendan Gallagher, Mark Robertson, Aaron Switzer and Kharis Evoy;
Fisher-Tropsch synthesis for the production of liquid fuels (biomass), presented by Kathleen McAllister, Daniel Koerber, Farah El-Rashidi and Shane O'Halloran.
Acetic anhydride production, acetic acid process, presented by Christopher Cooke, Janine Elliott, Athina Wilson and Jordan Persad;
Production of TiO2, presented by Andrea Hall, Ashley Copeland, Kamila Mukherjee and Tara Tabatabai.
- Observer Staff, The Sarnia Observer