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Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy’s 2014 Student Essay Competition

Mar 3, 2014

Ontario students who are passionate about engineering and public policy are encouraged to enter the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy’s (OCEPP) 2014 Student Essay Competition. This year, eligibility has been expanded to include community college students. Students may write on one of the five provided topics and will compete in the college/undergraduate university or university graduate category. The winner in each category will receive a $1,000 award and registration to the centre's 2014 Public Policy Conference, to be held in Toronto on May 30

Students are to choose one of the following topics:

  1. The collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake in June 2012 has far-reaching implications for engineers and policy practitioners alike. Choose three recommendations from the submissions to the Elliot Lake Inquiry and explain why each recommendation would or would not be effective.
  2. Despite the widely recognized consequences of climate change, Canada continues to fall short in developing sustainable/green infrastructure policies. Identify and discuss some of the challenges Canadian engineers and policymakers face in helping this country become a global leader for sustainable policies.
  3. The Ontario government was on track to repeal section 12(3)(a) of the Professional Engineers Act, which permitted certain acts of engineering to be performed by non-engineers in a manufacturing workplace. In June 2013, the government reversed its position. From an engineering and policy perspective, was the government justified in its position to uphold section 12(3)(a)? Were there measures PEO could have taken to make a stronger case, and would they have been successful?
  4. Much attention has been paid to improving engineering education in Ontario, with a view to creating engineers who can function skillfully in the 21st century. If you were dean of your university’s or college’s engineering school, what reforms would you recommend to the province’s engineering education system? In your paper explain how the reforms would better prepare students for an engineering career.
  5. Choose a topic broadly related to engineering and public policy in Ontario.

Submission guidelines

  1. Essays must be submitted electronically to info@ocepp.ca by midnight, March 3, 2014.
  2. The suggested essay length is 3,000 to 5,000 words, with 5,000 being the maximum.
  3. Essays must be submitted in MS-Word or RTF format (see below for format specifications*).
  4. Essays must be single authored and the topic must be clearly stated on the cover page.

Please note

  • Winning papers from past competitions can be viewed from the “For Students” page of www.ocepp.ca.
  • Essays will be judged for quality of research, development of argument, clarity, originality and writing ability.
  • Only one entry per student is permitted and past winners are not eligible.
  • Additional prizes may be awarded at OCEPP’s discretion.
  • OCEPP reserves the right to not award prizes if the judges deem entries are insufficient in number or quality

*Format specifications
One inch margins, 12-point font, double spaced. Include the following information on the cover page (at the top): your first and last name, educational institution, student number and year of study as well as undergraduate or graduate competition category; (in the middle): essay title; and (at the bottom): an email address and telephone number at which you can be reached throughout the year


Sponsor:Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
Web Sitehttp://members.peo.on.ca/index.cfm/document/1/ci_id/97162/la_id/1
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