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A Crackling prototype

Niagara College won’t go breaking any ‘hearts’ this Valentine’s Day.

That’s because its Research & Innovation team has discovered a way to automate the process of cracking delicious heartnuts without breaking their heart-shaped shells or kernels!

After a 20-year search for a mechanized ‘heartnut sheller,’ local industry partner Grimo Nut Nursery has found new hope with the team of students, faculty and research experts with the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College.

Heartnuts are in high demand due to their attractive shape, mild subtle flavour and heart-healthy properties; however, without automation, commercialization of the heartnut-growing industry in Ontario has stalled. Until now, this specialty nut has had to be cracked manually due to the complexities of precisely breaking each nut, so the heart-shaped shell opens like a locket and inside remains an intact, heart-shaped kernel.

Grimo Nursery has partnered with the NC Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre for its research team to design, develop and fabricate a working prototype that automatically cracks heartnuts without breaking the aesthetic heart-shaped shell or inside flesh. There have been four other previous attempts, (by other businesses, individuals and another academic institution) at producing such a device.

“Niagara College was our last hope,” says Linda Grimo owner, along with her father Ernie, of the nut nursery. “Everyone struggled with the main complexity of aligning the nut to be oriented to crack on its seam, as it required innovative thought and an understanding of computer and electronic knowledge.”

The project was certainly a challenge, agrees Gord Maretzki a mechanical engineer and research lead with the Research & Innovation (R&I) division at NC. “We had to design a machine that was able to crack the variations in organic structure because each nut is asymmetrical and takes a different amount of cracking force.”

During the project Maretzki mentored two engineering students to have a crack at the complex mechanism. They incorporated the array of technology at their disposal within the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, such as a state-of-the art 3D printer and a lab to devise a programmable logic controller and electrical pneumatic circuit schematics.

Like many, Brian Cunningham, an electrical engineering technology student and part of the research team at NC, had never heard of the heartnut before starting his research co-op in October, along with fellow mechanical engineering student Jacob Morris. “This challenge was very intriguing, but the most exciting part for me was the prospect of helping to expand a relatively niche industry right here in the Niagara Region. I’ve lived here my whole life, and seeing local businesses grow gives me a lot of pride.

“This experience has been nothing short of fantastic! Gord Maretzki has been an amazing mentor – he’s overflowing with knowledge and experience so I’ve tried to absorb as much information as I can,” added Cunningham.

Combined with his class studies at the College, Cunningham says he’s been able to gain a greater balance of technical skills, theoretical knowledge, and a better understanding of how a research and development project comes together as a whole. “I’ve also been able to improve my interpersonal skills by working directly with actual clients and collaborating with my research team,” he said.

As for Grimo, she is quick to praise the research team at NC. “The Niagara College team was enthusiastic right from the start. They saw the value in our idea. They developed a work plan and have kept us engaged in the process.

“We are so impressed with the students’ professionalism and their keen interest.

“It’s almost hard to believe that ‘we’ are contributing to their real-world experience when they have made this possible for us.”
Background

Grimo Nut Nursery, a company and farm based out of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., since 1974, is best known for selling Canadian hardy nut and fruit trees to backyard growers and nut-tree farmers. Trees for sale from their 14-acre farm include walnut, hazelnut, butternut, chestnut, pawpaw, quince and mulberry, to name just a few. The heartnut is a cultivated variety of the Japanese walnut tree that has been shown to be well-suited to the Great Lakes fruit-growing region. The heartnut is less bitter and has twice the protein and fibre than the English walnut cultivate; it is loaded with antioxidants and is low in cholesterol.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. We conduct projects that provide innovative solutions, such as producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products or processes for small-and medium-sized businesses. Students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. For more information, visit ncinnovation.ca
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. www.niagaracollege.ca

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Media inquiries, please contact: Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College, 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Niagara College hosts Skills Ontario Trade and Technology Mentorship event for female students Oct.27

Niagara College, Skills Ontario and Grade 10-12 female students from the Niagara Catholic School Board will join together Thursday, Oct. 27 for a day of discovery and mentorship around skilled trades and technology, one of 10 events by Skills Ontario across the province.

About 80 area students will join mentors – women who are already working or training in a skilled trade or technology career – at the Welland campus of Niagara College starting at 9 a.m. with a networking competition and ending in the afternoon, following tours, the ‘tower build’ competition and panel discussions with mentors.

“Today, women are still underrepresented in the skilled trades and technologies but these are excellent careers for women to support themselves,” said Gail Smyth, Skills Ontario executive director. “Young women need to know that trades and technologies offer many opportunities that can lead to bright, stable and successful careers.”

“We are happy to host this worthwhile event,” said Phil Hayes, Niagara College student recruitment manager. “These important events not only help female students discover careers that can be satisfying and challenging, but they also learn about the different pathways such as apprenticeship. The earlier students are engaged with different options, they more than can do while in high school to prepare for the future.”
WHAT:
Career Exploration/Mentorship Event

WHO:
Niagara Catholic District School Board Grades 10-12 female students
Skills Ontario
Niagara College

WHERE:
Rankin Technology Centre, Niagara College, Welland Campus

WHEN:
Thursday, October 27
10:30 a.m. Tower Building Exercise
11:40 a.m.-12:50 a.m. Tours and demonstrations in the Shops (Construction Shop, TC77; Electrical Shop, TC76 and Auto Shop, TC12).

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Media inquiries, please contact:
Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College receives $1.4 million in provincial funding for Green Tech Automotive Lab

Niagara College has received more than $1.4 million from Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program to build a Green Tech Automotive Lab at its Welland Campus.

The project allows Niagara College to expand its focus on green technologies in its automotive programs – an area where Niagara College is already ahead of the curve.

The 3,600-square-foot Green Tech Automotive Lab will be an extension of the existing automotive facilities at the Welland Campus’s Rankin Technology Centre. It will include open bays, a work area and classroom, and will house the latest in green automotive technologies, including electric charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators, and electric and hybrid vehicles.

“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province. Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”
– Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“I’m thrilled that our government is making a major investment to ensure Niagara apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved facilities and training programs announced today will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy.”
– Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines

“Whether it’s through our academic programs or our commitment to environmental responsibility in our operations, Niagara College is a leader in sustainability and we’re pleased to build on the renewable technologies offered through our automotive programs,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “We’re very grateful for the provincial government’s investment in this important area.”

The project will enhance the green automotive technology resources available to students in Niagara College’s Motive Power Technician, Motive Power Techniques, Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. It will also expand capacity in the Automotive Service Technician program by 20 students.
“This investment positions our Automotive Services Technician program as a leader in clean technology,” Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College’s dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “Our graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required by industry. With the new equipment we will also be able to work with our industry partners to train their workforce in electric and hybrid vehicle technologies.”

“The automotive industry is moving more toward hybrid and electric vehicles and we need to ensure that we have technicians who are well trained in these emerging technologies,” said Graham Keene, president of Canadian Tire Store 162 in St. Catharines. “Today’s announcement is great news for Niagara’s automotive industry and for future automotive technicians.”

Construction of the Green Tech Automotive Lab will begin in June 2016, with completion scheduled for March 2017.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca

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Michael Wales
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Julie Greco
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jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Event to celebrate the role of engineering in society

March is National Engineering Month, and Niagara College is marking the celebration by hosting an information night on March 21 to celebrate the role of engineering in society.

Called ‘Engineering Our World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ the event is open to the college community and the public. It will highlight ways that engineering shapes the world and leadership roles that engineers play in our society, as well as encourage students to get involved in this exciting field.

The speaker for the event will be Neil Walker, a full-time professor in Niagara College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program and a licensed professional mechanical engineer. Walker, who has a background in aerospace testing and related technology, spent 10 years as senior test engineer at Goodrich Landing Gear in Oakville (now operating as UTS Aerospace Systems). He has delivered PLC and fluid power training in the United States and Ghana, as well as a paper on landing gear testing for the Airbus A-380 to the Canadian Aeronauts and Space Institute (2005).

“Engineering technology is an extraordinarily broad and arguably fascinating field, but its practice takes place largely outside the public eye,” said Walker. “Unlike law, medicine, science, finance, policing, journalism, politics, midwifery, fishing, ice-road trucking and cookery, engineering is without colourful recognizable personas. This makes it hard for an outsider to understand what lives in engineering are like.”

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the College’s Welland Campus (The Core). A question and answer period will follow the speaker’s presentation. The event will also include door prizes and awards, as well as refreshments.

Event sponsors include National Engineering Month Ontario, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the Niagara College School of Trades and the College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required via email to deecortes@gmail.com.

View event information here: http://nemontario.ca/events/niagara-college-2016-1/

Through its Media, Trades and Technology division, Niagara College offers engineering technician and technologist programs in computers, civil engineering, construction, electrical and electronics, mechanical, motive power, photonics, renewable energies and welding.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532

jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

NC hosts annual high school design and build competition

Niagara College will welcome 28 students from the Niagara Catholic District School Board to its Rankin Technology Centre on Saturday, March 5 for the Professional Engineers of Ontario’s (PEO) Engineering and Design Competition.

Organized by the PEO Niagara Chapter, the competition is part of a series of activities taking place worldwide to mark National Engineering Month. As part of a challenge designed by faculty in Niagara College’s School of Technology, seven teams of four students will design and build Gantry cranes, which require a stable structure and gear and pulley systems using provided materials. The goal of the challenge is to build the crane that can lift the heaviest load without breaking. Niagara College professors have designed a testing device that will test the strength of the crane by lifting an electronic load cell.

“We’re very excited to partner with Niagara College to bring the Second Annual Design and Build Challenge to high school students,” said Lindsay Mooradian, EIT, event coordinator for PEO Niagara Chapter. “Our goal is to promote the profession to as many young people as possible and get them excited about a career engineering and technology. It is such a diverse and rewarding career of people working for people to help shape the world around us, and it is essential to the safety, health, happiness, comfort and efficiency of our friends and family. We wish all teams the best of luck in creating their gantry crane prototypes.”

Through its School of Technology, Niagara College offers engineering technician and technologist programs in computers, civil engineering, construction, electrical and electronics, mechanical, motive power, photonics, renewable energies and welding.

“We’re very excited to welcome these students to Niagara College for the Second Annual Engineering Design & Build Competition,” said Misheck Mwaba, PhD, P.Eng., Niagara College’s dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “There are tremendous opportunities in the field of engineering and this is a great opportunity for students who may be considering a career in this area to speak to our faculty, and experience our leading-edge facilities and equipment first-hand.”

Participating schools include Notre Dame College School; Saint Paul Catholic High School; Saint Michael Catholic High School; and Denis Morris Catholic High School.

“Niagara Catholic is grateful for the many organizations in our community, such as the Professional Engineers of Ontario, which provide these very enriching co-instructional opportunities for our students,” said Niagara Catholic director of education, John Crocco. “Opportunities such as these provide students with enriching experiences which enhance their in-class lessons taught by our very talented teachers. They also provide our students with the chance to make connections with individuals working in their respective fields, allowing them to learn more about the various career opportunities available to them. I’m certain that the 28 Niagara Catholic students who are participating in Saturday’s event are very grateful for the chance to learn from professionals, and to be working in a setting such as the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College.”

The design and build portion of the competition takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms TC 02 and TC 05. Testing, presentations and judging will take place from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in rooms TC 68 and TC55.

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is also assisting in the design and build competition. OACETT is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of over 24,000 members. OACETT is Ontario’s independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists and confers the designations C.Tech. (Certified Technician) and C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist).

“OACETT is always looking for ways to introduce the world of engineering technology to the next generation of technicians and technologists,” said Gilles Laroche, CET, professor and coordinator of Niagara College’s Civil Engineering Technician program and the college’s OACETT liaison. “Having a group of motivated high school students wanting to be involved in this competition is great news for all involved.”

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) is the licensing body for 70,000 Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario. PEO is organized at the local level through 36 chapters across the province. These chapters are the link between the association, its members and the public. The chapters deliver educational outreach, technical, and social/sporting events to their membership. The organizer of this event is the PEO Niagara Chapter, and represents approximately 1,630 Engineers and Engineers-in-Training from the entire Region, from St. Catharines to Port Colborne, and Grimsby to Niagara Falls.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

Niagara College earns top 10 spot among research colleges in Canada

Niagara College has earned the honour of being in the top 10 colleges in the country for research funding, according to a new national study released today.

In its report “Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges,” Research Infosource Inc. has announced the rank of 10 for Niagara College, based on total research funding numbers for 2014. This represents two moves up from last year’s report, when Niagara College placed 12th, and three moves up since the inaugural report in 2013, which placed the college at 13. For the second year in a row, Niagara College improved its placing by being ranked third among Ontario’s five leading colleges.

What’s more, using data from the past two years, Niagara College’s research funding increased by more than 32% between 2013 and 2014, up to $5.34 million in 2014 from $4.036 million in 2013.

“We’ve made research and innovation a key priority, and our consistent climb in these rankings reflects that,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “By leading in this important area, we’re able to support the revitalization of the Niagara economy by helping local companies innovate, and we’re enhancing out students’ education by providing valuable real-world research opportunities.”

Research funding allows the college to partner with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the region to conduct projects and services which provide innovative solutions for industry. These include producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products and processes.

“The College’s ranking among the top 10 colleges in Canada for research funding is a great endorsement of the wide-ranging work being done by our innovation centres, especially in the food and beverage sector, advanced manufacturing, and precision agriculture,” said Marc Nantel, associate vice-president of Research & Innovation at Niagara College. “We are encouraged by our division’s progress, and expect to see that ranking climb even higher as we add specialized equipment and infrastructure, and attract new project funding in the coming year.”

Niagara College has also made a jump in terms of partnerships and projects, climbing from No. 8 to No. 5 among large colleges for the number of formal partnerships held, and from No. 5 to No. 4 in terms of successfully completed projects — thanks to a 26% increase in that area.

Niagara College receives research funding from various regional, provincial and federal agencies. Administered by the college’s Research & Innovation division, the funding supports the hiring of students and graduates to work alongside faculty researchers in helping industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. Students come from a variety of the college’s programs, such as Mechanical Engineering Technology, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Business Administration – Marketing, and New Media Web Design.

Research Infosource annually compiles listings of the Top 50 research universities, corporate R&D spenders and research hospitals. This year marks the third year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada.

A special report on all 2014 categories, including comprehensive listings, analysis and insight, will be published on Friday, Nov. 6.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, and  Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions.

Read about Research & Innovation recent success stories: http://niagararesearch.ca/Projects.

For more information on Research & Innovation, visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/research.

For more information on the Top 50 list, go to http://www.researchinfosource.com.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

Scottish Rite of Freemasonry gift supports NC technology students

The Niagara Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry presented a $50000 gift today in support of students in Niagara College’s School of Technology Studies.

The gift will be used to establish the Niagara Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Scholarship which will provide an annual award to a student in a technology program at Niagara College.

“We’re very pleased that Niagara Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is making this important investment in student learning and success” said Sean Kennedy CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and vice president Student and External Relations. “It’s gifts like these that help students to pursue and achieve their academic dreams. We’re very grateful for this support.”

The Niagara Valley of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is a fraternal organization consisting of Elgin Lodge of Perfection and the Niagara Chapter of Rose Croix and is based on Craft Lodge Masonry seen in various communities.

“As the educational wing of masonry and given the connection to historical stonemasons and the building trades of Europe it was deemed appropriate that the Scottish Rite here in Niagara establish a scholarship fund at Niagara College to aid students in the School of Technology” said Mike Palmer principal officer of Elgin Lodge.

As part of Niagara College’s Media Trades and Technology Division Niagara College’s School of Technology Studies offers a broad range of programs including engineering technician and technologist programs in photonics civil computer construction electrical and electronics mechanical and renewable energies.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics.  For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

Niagara College and Canadian Motor Speedway create opportunities for students

A proposed motor speedway for Fort Erie has opened a world of opportunity for Niagara College students.

Niagara College and The Canadian Motor Speedway have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines a broad range of areas where the parties can create hands-on learning and research opportunities.

“This is a world-class attraction that will bring together everything from hospitality to engineering technology” said Steve Hudson Niagara College’s vice president academic. “There are elements of this proposal that align with almost all of our areas of specialization – in both academics and applied research.”

The potential areas of cooperation outlined in the MOU range from events a presence at the racetrack for NC’s food and hospitality related institutions as well as applied learning opportunities for technology and motive power students through applied research programs. Opportunities may include the testing of green-energy vehicles co-op placements recruitment events collaboration with other postsecondary institutions and much more.

“Since the inception of Canadian Motor Speedway we wanted to establish long-term partnerships with world class and Ontario-based educational institutions that could broaden the scope of the Research and Development component of CMS. This partnership will provide a valuable state of the art facility to advance applied learning and innovation as well as connect Niagara College and CMS to other industry partners taking us all to another level of excellence” CMS partner and executive director Azhar Mohammad stated.

Canadian Motor Speedway is a $150 million racetrack development situated on 826 acres of land in Fort Erie directly adjacent to the QEW within two minutes of the Canadian/U.S. border and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls. It will include ancillary construction for infrastructure recreational retail commercial motorsports automotive R&D Innovation Park in collaboration with McMaster University and Niagara College industrial and educational uses that will expand the build-out to $400 million. The core of the project consists of a stand-alone ¾ mile ‘Jeff Gordon Design Signature Speedway’ oval which combines to form a two mile FIA grade road course. All 65000 stadium seats will have expansive views of the tracks and the 5000 enclosed club seats and 40 suites will favour the customer with first class catering and hospitality. The development will provide world class racing events for up to 100000 spectators in a variety of motorsports including automobiles motorcycles karting drifting and various motorized and non-motorized public events. For more information please visit: www.cdnmotorspeedway.com www.facebook.com/cmsnation or on Twitter: @CMSNation.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

NC to host first annual high school design and build competition

Niagara College will welcome 20 students from the Niagara Catholic District School Board to its Rankin Technology Centre on Saturday March 7 for the Professional Engineers of Ontario’s (PEO) first annual Engineering and Design Competition.

Organized by the PEO Niagara Chapter the competition is part of a series of activities taking place worldwide to mark the National Engineering Month. Working in groups the students will design and build small-scale horizontal wind turbines. Professors in Niagara College’s Renewable Energies Technician program have designed and built a wind tunnel that will be used for testing the wind turbines.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience a day in the life of an engineer” said Lindsay Mooradian EIT (Engineering Intern) event coordinator for the PEO Niagara Chapter. “They are given an engineering problem that is very relevant to current events and are challenged to come up with an innovative solution that demonstrates engineering principles and technology understanding.”

Through its School of Technology Niagara College offers engineering technician and technologist programs in computers civil engineering construction electrical and electronics mechanical motive power photonics renewable energies and welding.

“We’re very excited to welcome these students to Niagara College” said Misheck Mwaba PhD P.Eng. dean of media trades and technology. “There are tremendous opportunities in the field of engineering and this is a great opportunity for students who may be considering a career in this area to speak to our students and faculty and experience our leading-edge facilities and equipment first-hand.”

“The PEO Niagara Chapter is thrilled to add this high school-targeted event to our National Engineering Month schedule” said Stan Mathew P.Eng. vice-chair of the PEO Niagara Chapter. “Through corporate sponsorship and support from Niagara College we look forward to seeing this annual event continue to grow in the future and more importantly see high school students get excited about engineering.”

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Niagara College’s Rankin Technology Centre Welland Campus in rooms TC02 TC05 TC55 and TC68. The wind turbine testing is open to the public and will take place in room TC68 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) is the licensing body for 70000 Professional Engineers in Ontario. PEO is organized at the local level through 36 chapters across the province. These chapters are the link between the association its members and the public. The chapters deliver educational outreach technical and social/sporting events to their membership. The organizer of this event is the PEO Niagara Chapter and represents approximately 1630 engineers and engineers-in-training from the entire region from St. Catharines to Port Colborne and Grimsby to Niagara Falls.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.