The fifth NSERC CREATE TOP-SET Annual Challenge was launched during this year’s Summer School in July 2022 when four teams of four undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows from the University of Ottawa, Université de Sherbrooke and McMaster University were formed. Over the course of the next few weeks, each team analyzed future prospects for new devices or systems, drawing together science, engineering, and economic analysis. Teams reported back via a bimodal meeting on September 6 in front of their colleagues and a panel of three judges composed of Suzanne Grant, Executive Director of the Capital Angel Network, Pawel Hawrylak, professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa, and Lionel Regis, Program Manager for MakerLaunch at the University of Ottawa.
Congratulations to Meghan Beattie, Mathieu Giroux and Victoria Jancowski, respectively a postdoctoral fellow in electrical engineering, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering and an undergraduate student in electrical engineering at the University of Ottawa, and Alexander Parent, a master’s student in engineering physics at McMaster University. They are this year’s winners of the NSERC CREATE TOP-SET Annual Challenge for their work on “A Novel Photonic Power Converter for Power Over Fiber in Seafloor Observatories”.