Students win prestigious Digital Manufacturing Challenge

Thursday, June 27, 2024

On June 26th, it was announced that four groups of students and two teams were winners of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Digital Manufacturing Challenge. Dr. Mihaela Vlasea, a professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, supervised the students in collaboration with PhD student Daniel Juhasz, who specifically advised the undergraduate team.

On the undergraduate level, Shahed Saleh (BASc ’24, mechatronics engineering) and Joy He from Systems Design Engineering were the overall winners of the undergraduate competition, where their project reimagined the design of split hook prostheses for children.

On the graduate level, current MME students Xianchen Ouyang and Lubin Wang were also a winning team for their design focused on optimizing drones used in agriculture. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be used to monitor crop growth conditions, diseases, and insect pests to ensure crop quality using additive manufacturing techniques to build lightweight agricultural drones.

These wins come with a $1000 prize and acknowledgement at the RAPID+TCT event in Los Angeles, California.

Read the whole story in Engineering News.