Mason Cup winners demonstrate exceptional teamwork

Posted on June 18, 2020

manson cup winners

First year engineers are given the opportunity to solve real-world engineering problems and collaborate with industry for the first time in module 3 of APSC 100 (Engineering Design and Practice). Each year the Mason Cup, in recognition of James L. Mason, Associate Dean from 1996 to 2008, is awarded to an APSC 100 group that stands out in terms of technical competence, teamwork, and communication skills. This year’s Mason Cup winner and runner-up were both able to produce exceptional projects, especially given the challenge of collaborating during a pandemic.

This year’s runner-up team was tasked with researching, modeling, and designing an alternative method of lithium extraction from pegmatite ores that can compete with current methods of lithium extraction from salt brines, for Dr. Christopher Pickles from the Mining Department, a specialist in pyrometallurgical research. Team 694A (Owen Borthwick, Cameron Ford, Asher Givertz-Szonyi, Angus MacRae, Aiden Kuhn) was able to effectively develop more advanced models than other teams and took the initiative to learn additional software to develop those models. Their project manager noted that “this team has been amazing to work with and I count myself lucky to have been their project manager

This year, the Mason Cup goes to Team 707H (Ben Baumgard, Andreas Haramis, Abigail Newton, Caleb Mulder, Neil Trainor, Emily Flynn) for their work developing a strategy for soil life detection for Queen’s Space Engineering Team (QSET). The team took the initiative to search for connections in the chemical engineering department in order to gain access to the Protein Function Discovery lab and run tests. Their nominating Project Manager wrote: “Since week 1, this highly efficient team has proved to be well organized, self-sufficient, and motivated throughout all phases of their project.”