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Inspiring Future Leaders: First-Year Engineering Students from Across Ontario Flock to Lakehead U for Three-Day Conference

(February 5, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) From February 5 - 7, Lakehead University's Engineering Students Society (ESS) is pleased to host the First-Year Integration Conference, which is expected to attract approximately 70 first-year engineering delegates from Ontario universities. 

As Fiifi Markin, engineering student and VP External for the ESS notes, "This event provides unique networking and leadership opportunities to students in engineering."  Markin adds this is the first year the conference has been held at Lakehead University, and the event line-up offers dynamic speakers from the field, interesting tours, and fun social events and activities.

The tour portion of the conference takes place on Saturday, February 6, and offers attendees the chance to learn about Lakehead University's involvement in the Steel Bridge and Formula-1 SAE Race Car competitions, held nationally, as well as the University's Virtual Reality Laboratory and Powerhouse.  Having the Powerhouse as part of the tour will showcase some of Lakehead's newest energy conservation initiatives, including new boilers which were recently changed from steam to boiling water, the power grid, and the power holding station. 

Among other expert speakers, Nicole Maillette Seller, Lakehead alumna and Project Engineer at Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, will provide a company overview of Bombardier while highlighting the work undertaken at the Thunder Bay plant and the role(s) engineers play there.  Joining Nicole is her co-worker, Mike Kowal, Olympic Torch Bearer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in December 2009.  Nicole and Mike will present the Olympic torch, which was developed by Bombardier.  It will be taken apart for engineering students to see, and Nicole will share information about the design and development processes of the torch and what they entailed.

An interactive session will place before the conference wraps up, during which teams comprising engineering students from different universities will work together to combine their skills and knowledge in building and programming robots.

Lakehead's Faculty of Engineering offers unique engineering programs in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering. Lakehead has the only Faculty of Engineering in Canada where, after completing high school, you can earn a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and an Engineering Technology Diploma in four years.  The Faculty also offers post-diploma engineering degree programs in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering designed specifically for graduate engineering technologists.

Lakehead has made a name for itself in the national Steel Bridge competition, in which civil engineering team members have consistently performed well, placing 10th in 2001, second in 2002, fifth in 2003 and 2006, fourth in 2007, and third in 2009.  Lakehead's is the only Canadian team to place in the top five overall since the inception of the competition.

For more information about Lakehead University's Faculty of Engineering, Steel Bridge team, or Formula-1 SAE Race Car, please visit the Faculty of Engineering website.  


Media: Mr. Fiifi Markin is available for interview.  Please contact him directly at 807-343-8804, 807-343-8888 ext. 5970, or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated June 22, 2010

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