St. Clair College students showcase their talents at the Ford Innovation Showcase

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A student project that transformed the way the Zekelman School of Business plans its semesters won St. Clair College’s annual Ford Innovation Presentation on Friday.

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Mohammad Vaqqas won first place and $2,500 from Ford Motor Co. for his Semester Loading Tool.

“You choose a program and it lists all the programs and automatically chooses the professors,” said Vaqqas, a graduate student in the Data Analytics program. “They were creating 50 Excel sheets to do this, over four weeks. Now they can do it in minutes. They are currently using it at the Zekelman School of Business.

Ten teams of students had the chance to present innovative projects they have been working on throughout the year, or end-of-year projects, to “high-level” industry leaders.

Each team of students had five minutes to make their presentation, followed by question and answer periods of three to five minutes. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes were up for grabs.

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The event, open to students from all programs, also included speed mentoring sessions and networking opportunities.

Judges for the Ford Innovation Showcase competition are presented Friday at the main campus of St. Clair College. Students pitched projects to senior industry executives and their HR teams. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Other winners include:

  • Air Canada Take Flight $500 award to interior design student Jamie Vallance for her mobile trailer shop.
  • $500 Enwin Future Leaders Award to Enterprise Marketing student Bethany D’Alimonte for her Enactus interACT project.
  • $750 Alumni Saints Nation Award to Robert Bloomfield, Business Marketing Student, for his EAST Project
  • $1,000 AIS Agile Award for Excellence in Automation to robotics students Deual Patel and Yash Soni for their autonomous guided vehicle and UR robotic arm.
  • $1,750 Reko Innovation Showcase Award to Viral Makwana, a robotics student, for his Autonomous Mushroom Harvesting project.
  • $2,000 Ford Innovation Showcase Award to landscape-horticulture students Trevor Ramieri and Brianna Gaylord for their Enactus transPLANT project.
Winners Yash Soni, left, and Deual Patel, electromechanical-robotics engineering students, compete in the Ford Innovation Showcase competition Friday, May 6, 2022 on the main campus of St. Clair College.
Winners Yash Soni, left, and Deual Patel, electromechanical-robotics engineering students, compete in the Ford Innovation Showcase competition Friday, May 6, 2022 on the main campus of St. Clair College. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

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