CALGARY, June 30 2008 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin and the University of
Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering are pleased to announce the winners
of their Science at the Stampede contest.
In April 2008, the two organizations invited Calgary high schools to
submit ideas for an innovative alternative to transport VIPs in the Calgary
Stampede Parade. Design criteria included safety, ability to finish on
schedule, innovative and creative design, with special consideration given to
environmentally friendly vehicles. The designs also had to conform to parade
regulations, ensure visibility for the VIP and be capable of maintaining the
required parade speed for the length of the event.
"We are very proud of this contest, and of the students who
participated," said Jean Beaudoin, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc. "It's a great community event, and one that introduces young people to
the challenges and rewards of engineering, hopefully encouraging them to
choose this field as their professsion."
The winning "butterfly tricycle" design was created by a group of
students from Forest Lawn and Bowness high schools; Phillip Au, Lisa Oberding,
Bailey Scheske and their teacher Joe Michaud from Forest Lawn, and Vicher Li
from Bowness. The tricycle is manpowered, meeting the important environmental
criterion. It will pull a cart designed in the shape of a butterfly with
moving wings. The vehicle was built by staff at the Schulich School of
Engineering's machine shop.
"The Schulich School of Engineering was pleased to support this contest
because one of our top priorities is getting high school students interested
in engineering," said Dr Elizabeth Cannon, Dean of the Schulich School of
Engineering. "All the contestants displayed teamwork and creativity, which are
traits of successful engineers."
The tricycle will transport a VIP in the Stampede Parade, and one of the
schools will be given an official Stampede breakfast for up to 1,000 people.
The winning team was also given two passes for a pre-parade breakfast, and
will receive two VIP seats at the parade, admission for two to Stampede Park
on parade day, a day at SNC-Lavalin to meet experienced engineers, and a
special award for their achievement.
"We were delighted with the level of enthusiasm and participation in the
contest," said Karen Sobel, Vice-President, Engineering at SNC-Lavalin's
Calgary office. "We're looking forward to hosting the students here at the
office and to holding the contest again next year."
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) is one of the world's leading
engineering and construction groups and a major player in infrastructure
ownership and the provision of operations and maintenance services. The
SNC-Lavalin companies have offices across Canada and in over 35 other
countries around the world and are currently working in some 100 countries.
The Schulich School of Engineering has over 2700 in full-time
undergraduate students, graduate enrollment nearing 1000, more than 150
faculty members and 30 research chairs. It offers training in five traditional
engineering disciplines, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil, Electrical & Computer,
Geomatics, and Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, as well as unique
specialization programs in Biomedical, Project Management and Environmental
For further information:
For further information: SNC-Lavalin, Karen Sobel, Vice-President,
Engineering, Chemicals and Petroleum, SNC-Lavalin Inc., (403) 294-2462,
email@example.com; Schulich School of Engineering, Jennifer Sowa,
Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Engineering, University of
Calgary, (403) 220-3724, firstname.lastname@example.org