CSME would like to invite Canadian engineering undergraduate students to take part in the 2019 CSME National Design Competition.  This competition will showcase outstanding undergraduate student Capstone design projects from across Canada.  Students will have an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the country, gain valuable presentation experience, and participate in, and attend a professional conference.

Students will submit an abstract before the competition, and their poster and a short video will be displayed at 2019 CSME International Congress.   Attendance of the conference is not required, but is encouraged (admission to the poster session will be free for teams).

Important Dates

Submission of Abstract:                      April 1, 2019

Submission of Video and Poster:      April 30, 2019

Official Announcement:                     June 1-4, 2019


Prizes will be awarded for: Best Video ($500), Best Poster ($500) and Best Overall Design ($1000).


  1. Posters can be submitted by individuals or teams of up to 6 students.
  2. All team members must be registered students, or have been registered students in an engineering program at a Canadian university in 2018-19.
  3. Students must have built and tested a prototype of their design.


Students are required to submit an abstract for their design project prior to the competition.  The abstract should include a description of the problem, a summary of the design goals and constraints, and an overview of the designed solution.  The abstract should be no longer than 400 words.

After submission of the abstract, they will receive a confirmation of your acceptance to the competition, or feedback regarding any changes that need to be made to their abstract to be accepted.


The poster should highlight all steps of the design process, and any other relevant analysis.  The poster should be at least 24” X 36” and no larger than 36” X 48”.  Students are encouraged to bring their design prototype to display with their poster if feasible.


Students should prepare a short (3-5 minute) video which presents their design, and can accompany their poster.  The video will be exhibited at the conference, along with the poster.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be done by a panel of distinguished judges, and prizes will be awarded for: Best Video, Best Poster and Best Overall Design.  Judging will be based on the following criteria.

Video Criteria Poster Criteria
Content 35% Problem Definition 30%
Originality 25% Engineering Design Process 30%
Use of Visual Aids 10% Technical Content 20%
Presentation 30% Poster Quality 20%

All submissions should be made to .  Large files and videos can be uploaded to an online file storage system and shared with the email.