Awards have been handed out at the 14th annual Capstone Engineering Design and Competition at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.
Panels of judges, comprised of local community and industry leaders, presented first and second place awards in the categories of Chemical & Petrochemical Processes, Biochemical Processes, and Green & Environmental Processes following presentations made by more than 70 students from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University.
Chemical and Petrochemical Processes
First Place: Production of CBD and THC Oil from Cannabis
Students: Isaac Beattie-Booth, Kelsey Crawford, Meghan Vissers, Su-Yeong Kim, Emily Zakoor.
Second Place: Co-processing of biomass-derived feedstock with vacuum gas oil for greener fuels from petroleum refinery.
Students: Mohannad Shilbayeh, Camila Michalik, Ben Jongepier, Natalie Roby, Sara Alsaadi
Green and Environmental ProcessesGreen and Environmental Processes
First Place: Waste Plastic Pyrolysis from HDPE Feedstock
Students: Craig Piacek, Aaron Martin, Andrew Cottrill, Christian Singh
Second Place: Synthesis of Acrolein from Waste Glycerol
Students: Emily Larochelle, Hailey Overend, Haley Overholt, Kayley Woodman
First Place: Production of Theobromine
Students: Morgan Davies, Eric Grolman, Mauricio Ruiz, Adarsh Sohi, Jake McGorman
Second Place: Production of Bio-Succinic Acid
Students: Bassil Agroam, Ashleigh Alibarti, Ameen Meddaoui, Mike Wang, Raja Zeb
“The annual Capstone competition continues to deliver a wealth of experience for participating students,” said Dr. Katherine Albion, executive director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. “Feedback shared by the engineers, researchers and other community professionals helps to form the future careers of these students.”
Sponsorships totaling $13,000 were provided by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Suncor Energy Products, Bluewater Power, Pollutech EnviroQuatics, NOVA Chemicals, CF Industries, Shell Canada, WorleyParsons, INEOS Styrolution, LEHDER Environmental Services, SNC-Lavalin, Western Research Parks, and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.