Another competition to consider

I am  a big fan of engineering “design and build” competitions.  They are GREAT for student learning.  WE’ve been lucky to grow ourselves  Baja, Supermileage and Formula teams and I’m hoping for more.

Here’s another one to consider.  uOTrac anyone?

Our NSERC CREATE is in the Ottawa Business Journal!

I was interviewed last week for a short article in the Ottawa Business Journal about our (awarded) NSERC CREATE Biomedical Engineering Smartphone Training program (BEST).

Check it out!

My 15 minutes of fame…

Here’s my 15 minute of fame:

Health app researchers get $1.65M in funding

A project that includes researchers from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and McGill University has received $1.65 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s CREATE program.

The project, led by University of Ottawa engineering professor Natalie Baddour, aims to provide engineering students with the professional and practical skills needed to compete in the growing market of healthcare applications.

The CREATE Biomedical Engineering Smartphone Training (BEST) program will prepare the next generation of engineers to design, develop and commercialize apps that would collect community and clinical health data, deliver healthcare information to practitioners, researchers and patients, monitor patients and all practitioners to provide health care through mobile telemedicine.

The evolution of healthcare apps is seen as a way to bridge the information gap between the home and the clinic, lower healthcare costs, allow doctors to monitor patients remotely and grant the patient more freedom.

2016 James Dyson award

The 2016 James Dyson Award is now open for post-secondary students. Running since 2004, the international competition challenges the brightest young engineers and designers around the world to think differently. They’re invited to submit a product or concept that solves a problem, competing to win a prize of $60,000 and $10,000 for their school.

Last year, the international winning project hailed from Canada for the first time ever. Voltera V-One is a rapid custom circuit board printer developed by a team of four engineering students from the University of Waterloo. The team took home the top spot, the prize money and secured significant recognition.

Let’s get Canada’s brightest and best engineering and design students on the map: we invite you to share the below engineering brief with your students and colleagues.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or for campus posters.

Good luck to all Canadian entrants!


Engineering brief: Design something that solves a problem

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 22 countries worldwide. The brief is broad: we’re looking for product concepts or ideas that solve a real problem.

The award celebrates ingenuity, creativity and sustainable engineering. Entrants are encouraged to do more with less, designing with the environment in mind. The best inventions have a significant and practical purpose, and the potential to be commercially viable.

We’re looking for designers who think differently to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process.  Rough and ready prototypes. Either designed from a university project or designed in the entrant’s own time. The best entries demonstrate the iterative design process and include sketches, images of models, prototypes and videos.

Join the competition HERE and register today!


  • Any university-level student in an engineering, industrial design or product design program (or graduates within the past four years)
  • Submissions can be from individuals or teams
  • Students must have studied in one of the 22 participating countries*



International Winner:

  • The international prize is $60,000* for the student and $10,000* for the student’s university department.

Up to two International Runners-up:

  • $10,000* each

National winner

  • $4,000*


  • Opens: February 18, 2016
  • Closes: July 19, 2016
  • National finalists announced: September  8, 2016
  • Dyson engineers international shortlist: September 29, 2016
  • International winner and finalists announced: October 27, 2016


Video links:

*participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the USA

*or equivalent of £30,000

*or equivalent of £5,000

*or equivalent of £5,000

*or equivalent of £2,000

Jessica Danziger-Lin

Public Relations Manager
t (416) 323-4001

m (416) 659-4016

Dyson Canada Ltd.

312 Adelaide Street West, 7th Floor

Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R2

IEEE EMBS International Student Conference – Design Competition 

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine in Biology Society (EMBS) International Student Conference (ISC) 2016 taking place at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada from May 29 to May 31, 2016 will host a design competition for undergraduate students.
Teams of up to 5 undergraduate students are invited to submit their unique solution through engineering aptitude to a problem or issue within the biomedical science, medicine, and/or healthcare field(s).
The competition is sponsored by Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Program. By joining the competition, students have a chance to share their innovative ideas, get noticed by leading experts and win top notch prizes!
Prizes for Top Submissions:

1st Place: $500 CAD + Special Prize

2nd Place: $300 CAD + Special Prize

3rd Place: $150 CAD + Special Prize
For more information on submission requirements, please visit:

Tenure-track positions in materials engineering

The Faculty  of Engineering at the University of Ottawa is recruiting in the area of materials engineering.  The description of the positions is posted at under ‘Faculty of Engineering’.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

Research Opportunities for Undergrads

The Office of Undergraduate Research wishes to circulate the information on the following two Undergraduate Research programs:

  • NSERC – Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA): Award value is $5625 ($4500 from NSERC + $1125 from supervisor) for a full-time internship during the summer, in science or engineering. Deadline to apply is February 10 2016for the summer 2016, fall 2016 and winter 2017 sessions. An information session will be held at the following times:
    1. Thursday January 21, 1:30 pm, TBT083, in French
    2. Thursday January 21, 2:30 pm, TBT083, in English
  • Computational Biology Undergraduate Summer Student Health Research Award: To provide undergraduate students in the life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences with an opportunity to undertake computational biology health-related research projects with established researchers in an environment that provides strong mentorship. The value of the awards are up to $5000 and twenty will be awarded this year. Deadline to apply: January 21, 2016


Le Bureau de la recherche au 1er cycle souhaite faire circuler l’information suivante pour deux programmes de recherche au 1er cycle.

  • Programme Bourse de recherche au 1er cycle (BRPC) – CRSNG: Bourse de 5625 $ (4500$ du CRSNG + contribution du superviseur de 1125$) pour un stage de recherche à temps plein en sciences naturelles et génie. La date limite pour poser sa candidature au programme est le 10 février 2016, que ce soit pour la session d’été 2016, d’automne 2016 ou d’hiver 2017.  Une séance d’information aura lieu aux temps ci-dessous. Étudiants, professeurs et personnel de soutien sont les bienvenus.
  1. Jeudi 21 janvier, 13h30, TBT083, en français
  2. Jeudi 21 janvier, 14h30, TBT083, en anglais
  • Programme de bourses d’été en biologie computationnelle pour étudiants de premier cycle: Bourses d’été pour les étudiants de 1er cycle ensciences de la vie, en mathématiques ou en informatique. Le but de ce programme est d’offrir à ces étudiants l’occasion d’entreprendre des projets de recherche en biologie computationnelle sous l’angle de la santé avec des chercheurs établis et dans un milieu où les ressources en mentorat sont bien développées. Les bourses sont d’une valeur allant jusqu’à 5000 $ et le programme prévoit en distribuer 20 au total. Date limite : 21 janvier 2016


For more information please contact:

Mme / Ms. Pascale Lafrance,

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research


Tel.: 613-562-5726