June 1, 2005

Canadian students win international engineering contest

Windsor, Ontario – An international panel of experts, compiled by DaimlerChrysler and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen two teams of Canadian students among 21 winners of the Mondialogo Engineering Award, the first worldwide, intercultural contest for ideas for sustainable technical improvements in developing countries. Each team receives 15,000 Euros, or about $23,480 in Canadian funds, to be used to initiate project activity.

The initiative calls on students from industrialized and developing countries to work together on technical proposals addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly the eradication of poverty and the promotion of environmentally sustainable development.

The Canadian teams were from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

The Halifax students received a Special Jury Recognition, along with a co-team of students from An-Najah National University in Nablus-West Bank, for their project on treatment and recovery of waste whey in the Palestinian dairy industry.

The Toronto students, teamed with the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, received a Mondialogo Engineering Award for their work on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for land mine detection.

The two Canadian teams were among 19 teams representing 28 countries. Assessment of the project ideas was based on technical excellence, sustainability, feasibility and intercultural dialogue within the project group.

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