Schulich Engineering Competition (SEC)
The SEC is an annual event hosted by the University of Calgary Engineering Students' Society. The event seeks to broaden the experiences of Schulich students through competition. Winners at the SEC continue on to other competitions for the purpose of benefiting the student and representing the school.
The winners of the SEC continue on to further competitions to represent the school. This includes WEC (the regional competition), CEC (the national competition) and the IEC (the international competition).
The competitions are modeled after the regional model (the Western Engineering Competition) in which the winning teams are sent to represent the school.
Teams of 4 students in their first or second year of engineering studies collaborate to solve an engineering problem then present and demonstrate their solution. Past competitions have included designing bridges, towers, catapults or water filterers from simple media such as popsicle sticks, solo cups, or scrap plywood & lumber.
Senior Design Teams of 4 students in their third or fourth year of engineering studies collaborate to solve an engineering problem then present and demonstrate their solution. Past competitions at SEC have been constructed on a Lego Mindstorms platform while WEC has used Vex Robotics. This year for the first time ever the SEC will align with WEC and make use of the Vex platform. Past competitions have included designing minesweepers, automated/controlled water pollution collectors, and hill climbers.
In this competition senior students present their design projects they develop as part of their undergraduate program (a product or solution of their own design). The forum is a trade-show style demonstration area open to all conference attendees. Competitors are required to conduct market research in addition to actual design and manufacturing. They are assessed based on their design and manufacturing, their technical and commercial viability, functionality and/or proven prototype trials as well as their overall presentation. Note: As many students are not ready to deliver complete presentations by October this competition’s delegates will be selected at a later date (not part of the SEC).
The communications competition sees teams of one or two students being asked to describe a complex technical subject in layman’s terms. The presentation should include social and environmental impacts. Judging is based on overall presentation, verbal skills and comprehension with the subject.
In debate competition teams of two compete to convince judges of their assigned stance on a subject disclosed only minutes prior to the competition. Competitors are judged on their ability to present persuasive, well-constructed arguments on a wide range of topics ranging from the philosophical, to social events, to current events.
In the consulting competition teams of four are given seven hours to devise an innovative solution to a real-world problem. Teams are expected to develop holistic solutions that consider the economic, social and environmental impacts, and present their solutions to a panel of judges familiar with the industry of the problem’s theme. It is commonplace for a company to develop the competition problem and judge the presentations.
Teams of 2 students in any year of engineering studies collaborate to take an existing engineering concept, product, technique, or technology and improve on its design to suit an alternative situation or application. This can be done either by adding new features or improving an original function. Teams will then get to present a PowerPoint, followed by a question and answer period, as well as submit a report on their re-engineered case.