Research Park brings Western students together for 2019 Capstone event

More than 70 students from Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering competed for $13K in prizes

Pictured are the first place winners in the Green and Environmental Processes category of this year's Capstone Design & Competition, held on Friday, March 29. From left: Andrew Cottrill, Craig Piacek, Christian Singh, and Aaron Martin.

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 PlaceProduction of CBD and THC Oil from Cannabis
Students: Isaac Beattie-Booth, Kelsey Crawford, Meghan Vissers, Su-Yeong Kim, Emily Zakoor.

Second PlaceCo-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 PlaceWaste Plastic Pyrolysis from HDPE Feedstock
Students: Craig Piacek, Aaron Martin, Andrew Cottrill, Christian Singh

Second PlaceSynthesis of Acrolein from Waste Glycerol
Students: Emily Larochelle, Hailey Overend, Haley Overholt, Kayley Woodman

Biochemical Processes

First PlaceProduction of Theobromine
Students: Morgan Davies, Eric Grolman, Mauricio Ruiz, Adarsh Sohi, Jake McGorman

Second PlaceProduction 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.

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