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March 21, 2006 3:31 PM

Conestoga Engineering Students Again Best University Counterparts

For the fifth time in six years, a team of engineering technology students from Conestoga College took top honours at the annual Student Papers Night competition, held last week at Conestoga's Doon campus and sponsored by the Kitchener-Waterloo Section of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).

IEEE is an international professional organization that promotes the engineering process in the fields of electro and information technologies and sciences.

The purpose of the event is to showcase excellence and innovation in electronic design and research at the undergraduate level.

The Conestoga team of Nathaniel Groendyk and Iolanda Longo were chosen winners for the best overall presentation in the competition, which involved teams from Conestoga, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo. Second place also went to a Conestoga team, composed of Dan Brueckner, Dave Stevenson and Alicia Weber. All these winners are in the Electronics Engineering Technology - Telecommunications Systems program at Conestoga.

The presentations by the competing teams consisted of documentation, oral presentations, plus responses to questions posed by the judges.

The first-place team received a prize of $500, while $275 went to the second-place team.

The winning paper by the Groendyk-Longo team is titled Optical Modeling by Normalized Interpolation. The project being described is the design and construction of a 3-D computer modeling system. The system employs a laser sensor to reconstruct a three-dimensional model of the image being scanned by the measurement hardware.

The second-place paper by the Brueckner-Stevenson-Weber team is titled BlackBerry Home Security Package, certainly of interest to the millions worldwide who use and enjoy the popular wireless device. The project involves the design and construction of a home security package which allows BlackBerry users to control and monitor wirelessly security devices within the home, as well as control other household systems.

Nathaniel Groendyk is from Kitchener and Iolanda Longo from Omemee, and both are in the final semester of the standard, three-year Telecommunications Systems program. All members of the second-place team are completing the co-op stream of the program. Dan Brueckner is from Cambridge, Dave Stevenson is from Toronto and Alicia Weber is from Kitchener.

CONTACT: Henry Reiser, hreiser@conestogac.on.ca

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