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U of M’s Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program now accepting applications

Published by CME Manitoba on June 19, 2017

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2017-2018.

The UofM IDEA Program is an integral part of the Faculty of Engineering’s approach to developing design-ready engineering graduates. The IDEA Program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

As an industry partner, the program would provide you with low-cost exposure to graduating engineering students and increase your company’s presence within the Faculty of Engineering. “The students are innovative and come up with creative solutions…it is great to interact with [them] and keep in touch with the University,” says Mike Friesen, Vice President of Elmer’s Manufacturing. “[The IDEA Program] provides a great preview of the up and coming talent making their way into the work force.”

The student team will develop a solution to the project submitted by your company. This can be viewed as an opportunity to move forward on projects that you may not currently have the time or personnel to address. 

Projects suitable for the UofM IDEA Program have an appropriate scope, are open-ended and well-defined, and align with the course schedule: September to December for the Mechanical Capstone and September to April for the Biosystems Capstone. Examples of potential projects include component and assembly design, equipment and fixture design, lean manufacturing/process improvement, or designs for employee health and safety. 

If you are interested in learning more about how the Program can benefit you and your company, please contact the IDEA Program Manager by email at or by phone at 204-474-7205, or visit the IDEA Program website

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