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Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (UM IDEA) Program

The UM IDEA Program is an integral part of the Price Faculty of Engineering’s approach to developing design-ready engineering graduates. The Program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course (four months for Mechanical and eight months for Biosystems), 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 overall presence in the minds of our student body. A group of students will design 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 UM IDEA Program have a small 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 employee health and safety.

Professional engineers within the faculty are available as resources to the students, including UM IDEA Program Director, Mr. Vern Campbell; Mechanical Engineering professor, Dr. Paul Labossiere; and Biosystems Engineering professor, Dr. Donald Petkau. Additionally, several professional engineers employed by the faculty, Engineers in Residence, are available to provide project support to the students. For more information regarding the UofM IDEA Program, please visit our website.

The project submission deadline is Friday, July 29 2022 at 4:30pm. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the Program, please feel free to contact Karanbir Singh and Fabian Van Marion at