A team of young engineering students from Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure (É.T.S.) university won the Outstanding Innovation Award at this summer’s international submarine competition in Gosport UK. Teams of university students from around the world were invited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) to compete in the design, build and racing of human-powered submarines around a testing underwater course.
Competing against teams from the US, UK, Poland, New Zealand and the Netherlands, the Babcock Canada sponsored É.T.S. team won the Outstanding Innovation Award for their cutting-edge propulsion system.
The Canadian contingent from É.T.S. has been developing human powered submarines since 1992 under the name ‘OMER’. In 2007, the É.T.S. team and their ‘OMER 5’ submarine set what was then the world speed record reaching 8.035 knots. Today, students from the electrical, mechanical, software and automated engineering programs at É.T.S. are on their 10th generation of the OMER submarine.
In addition to financial support, Babcock Canada proudly continues to support Canadian post-secondary initiatives and the development of Canada’s next generation of engineers. This national program includes co-op internships and the development of the Babcock Canada Excellence Award.