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Engineering in motion

April 1, 2012

Engineering in motion
Student-led projects, such as the Western Formula Racing team, will have improved space to design and build vehicles and robots.

General Dynamics Land Systems of Canada has made a $50,000 commitment in support of student-led projects in Western Engineering.

These projects relate to the design, building and use of various vehicles, robots, and other technologies in provincial, national and international competitions. Approximately 400 students participate each year in a wide variety of Western Engineering student clubs, groups and teams, including a solar car project (SunStang,) formula race car team (Western Formula Racing), robotics club (WE Bots), and concrete canoe and toboggan teams (Western Engineering Concrete Canoe Association and Western Engineering Toboggan Team), just to name a few.

These student-run teams provide practical experience, encourage collaboration and cross-faculty interaction and help to develop entrepreneurial, practical, teamwork and leadership skills that can be used throughout a lifetime.

A Student Project Room on the lower level of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion will be named the General Dynamics Land Systems- Canada Team Room in recognition of this gift.

General Dynamics Land Systems of Canada provides a full spectrum of land and amphibious combat systems, subsystems and components worldwide. They have supported Western over the years through an engineering student award, co-op and internship placements for students and research funding.

This article appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Impact Western
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