Friday, April 20, 2012

Supporting Student Competitions Further Helps Graduate Industry-ready Engineers

At Quanser, we’re completely committed to captivating students through highly motivating, hands-on education. Day in, day out, Quanser teaching solutions – hardware, software and curriculum - help students stay engaged with their engineering studies by bridging the gap between theory and practice. We make it easy for students to learn more thoroughly through interacting with physical devices and doing practical exercises. But we don’t stop there. We like to engage students in other ways as well. 

One way is to get involved with student competitions such as this year’s Mechatronics Symposium at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. The Symposium showcased capstone projects created by Waterloo’s fourth year mechanical and mechatronics engineering students. Not only were the projects diverse, they successfully addressed serious engineering challenges.  Ultimately they offered clear proof of how practical and visionary these undergraduates are. 

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"Today was really about experiencing firsthand how diverse and rich the educational experience has become at many universities," says Dr. Tom Lee, Quanser's Chief Education Officer and a graduate of the University of Waterloo. "We've seen some impressive capstone projects at Waterloo today, but worldwide, we're also seeing great student competitions and many different ways that hands-on education is being delivered at universities these days. It's truly exciting stuff."

This year Quanser took on a judging role and also sponsored the Symposium’s prize for Innovative Design. Lending such support to projects that offer real-world engineering solutions is fundamental to achieving our goal of helping universities graduate industry-ready engineers.
Whether it’s judging capstone projects at individual universities, supporting student competitions at the global level, creating engaging teaching solutions or mentoring students in the K -12 group, Quanser's entire focus is to enhance hands-on education and in-depth learning.  As for this exciting event at the University of Waterloo, it not only showed the value of this approach, it offered new proof that the future of engineering is in very good hands indeed.

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