Camosun trio takes first place in national technology contest
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Camosun Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology students Joel Mellish, Joe Bogner and Max Amsler placed first in an applied research report contest, earning a cash prize of $1,000 and national recognition from the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CTAB).
The contest demonstrates the consolidation professional skills: exemplary technology expertise, excellent documentation/reporting skills and superior presentation skills.
The Camosun trio developed an autonomous quadcopter charging station, featuring a base station with mechanical doors, a wireless charging grid and an optical-assist landing mechanism. The station will be used in a variety of remote industrial monitoring applications.
Casey Macaulay of CTAB came to Camosun November 25 to make the presentation and offer his congratulations. “This is a prestigious award,” Says Macaulay. “Competition is stiff, and this national recognition is proof to any employer or future client that these graduates are among an elite group of technology professionals.”
Alan Duncan, chair of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Department, credits Camosun’s comprehensive, CTAB-accredited program for the students’ success. “Our program offers leading-edge technology curriculum, instruction and labs,” says Duncan. “But what really makes it an exceptional program is the instruction and support in essential skills. Technical writing and the capstone project work give our grads a real advantage when they are competing for top jobs in the technology sector.”
All three men are currently employed in the local tech industry. Joel, who graduated from Frances Kelsey Secondary School in the Cowichan School District and works for Forest Technology Systems. Joe, who comes from Saskatoon and has lived in Victoria for a few years works for Starfish Medical. Max is from Revelstoke and currently worksfor the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Last updated: December 1, 2015 9:27 am