Awards Presented at 13th Annual Capstone Design and Competition

March 23, 2018

Sarnia, ON - Awards have been handed out at the 13th annual Capstone Engineering Design and Competition at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

Panels of judges, comprised of local community and industry leaders, presented first and second place awards in the categories of *Petrochemicals*, *Green Processes*, and *Specialty Chemicals & Environmental* following presentations made by more than 70 students from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University.

Petrochemicals *First Place*: *Production of Dimethyl Ether (DME) from Methanol* Project Engineers: *Marina Fiorente, Mary Ames, Andrew Pho, and Ryan Morgan*

*Second Place*: *Production of Methanol from Shale Gas* Project Engineers: *Derek Flegg, Mitchell Morrison, Lachlan Duncan, and Mikaela Ferguson*

Green Processes *First Place*: *Catalytic Dehydration of Ethanol to Ethylene* Project Engineers: *Andrew Heaslip, Brendan Hewton, Aaron Alaimo, and Timothy McDougald*

*Second Place*: *Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propylene Glycol* Project Engineers: *Teresa Zita, Kathleen Zohorsky, Katrina Darcel, Ena Mulalic, and Michael Giorgi*

Specialty Chemicals & Environmental *First Place*: *Industrial Production of Cannabidiol (CBD) & Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Oil Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide* Project Engineers: *Carson Otto, Tyler Jobin, and Austin Lowes*

*Second Place*: *Production of Penicillin* Project Engineers: *Zachary Gouveia, Navdeep Hansra, Trent Gordon, and Andy Niedzialek*

"The annual Capstone competition continues to deliver a wealth of experience for participating students," said Dr. Katherine Albion, Executive Director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. "Feedback shared by the engineers, researchers and other community professionals helps to form the future careers of these students."

Sponsorships totaling $13,000 were generously donated by: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Suncor Energy Products, Bluewater Power, Pollutech Enviroquatics, NOVA Chemicals, CF Industries, Shell Canada, WorleyParsons, INEOS Styrolution, LEHDER Environmental Services, SNC-Lavalin, Western Research Parks, and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

For more information, contact:

Mike Bradley
Chair, Board of Directors
519-332-0330 ext. 3312
Dr. Katherine Albion
Executive Director
Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
519-383-8303 ext. 240