Laurentian Bharti School of Engineering students triumph again

Senior teams head to Nationals after winning at Ontario Engineering Competition

FEBRUARY 1, 2016 – Laurentian University’s Bharti School of Engineering continued its dominance at the Ontario Engineering Competition, with its teams claiming top spot in two categories this weekend at the University of Waterloo. Laurentian students won first place in both the Senior Design category and the Consulting category at the province-wide competition.  The Bharti School’s winning teams will now advance to the Canadian Engineering Competition hosted by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, March 3-6, 2016.


“This is another historic moment for Laurentian University and for the Bharti School of Engineering,” said University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux.  “We are thrilled for these students and the experience and hands-on training they are gaining.  We will all be cheering them on,” he added.


Laurentian’s Senior Design team is made up of third-year Mechanical Engineering students; Colin Roos, Stephane Labine, Matt Bennison and Aidan Simpson.  This same team won the Junior Design competition at the 2015 OEC and also won the 2015 Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC).  


Laurentian students also won the Consulting category of the OEC and they will represent Ontario at the Canadian Engineering Competition.  The team consisted of fourth-year Chemical Engineering students; Frederique Belanger, Jasmina Omri, Joseph Fyfe and Tyler Provencal.


“This is a tremendous testament to our engineering programs at Laurentian,” said Dr. Ramesh Subramanian, Director, Bharti School of Engineering.  “Our Senior Design team defended its title at OEC in a very tough field, and, for the first time, Laurentian competed in the Consulting category and won.  Our students are exceptionally talented and I couldn’t be more proud,” he said.


Before the 2016 CEC in Montreal, Laurentian’s Mining Engineering students will be competing at the Canadian Mining Games at UBC-Vancouver, February 18-21.


Students from Laurentian’s Bharti School of Engineering have distinguished themselves in numerous provincial, national and international competitions.  They have won the Canadian Mining Games more often than any other university in Canada.  In 2011, Laurentian’s team won the NASA Lunabotics competition with their design for a remote lunar-mining module. 


For more information about the Ontario Engineering Competition visit and to learn more about the Canadian Engineering Competition.