As part of the 2022 Concrete Toboggan Team, the mechanical team was awarded 1st for mechanical design and mechanical innovation. Maddy Light designed the frame which placed first, Rachel May designed the steering system which placed third and Katie Van Rooyen designed the braking system which placed second. Colin Mattinson was the mechanical team’s lead.
We asked Maddy Light about her experience at the School of Engineering and with the Concrete Toboggan team.
What drew you to engineering?
I have always liked figuring out how things are made and how to make things. I also knew engineering would I provide a solid career path. Considering these factors going into engineering so it was an easy choice.
Was there is a moment when it became clear that engineering was right for you?
The first day of classes, it felt like I had found my tribe. I was excited by all these concepts I was getting to learn that I had always been curious about.
We often hear that studying engineering is gruelling, what has been your experience?
Engineering is very difficult. It will stretch you in ways you didn’t realize. The courses are designed to be extremely difficult and time consuming. Taking the 6-course load standard is difficult, but it is rewarding.
How do you approach your studies?
I try and keep and balance between school and leisure time. Keeping a detailed schedule for my school time is key to success. Most of my time is spent doing school but those few moments I have free I try and to make the most of by doing by on a hike, swim or do something creative like sewing. I find if I can make time to relax then my school work improves.
Why do you participate in extra-curriculars?
I really enjoy connecting with my peers and making new friends. Clubs are a great way to apply your engineering knowledge and make friends. I have found being part of the Great Northern Concrete Race club to be incredibly rewarding. I had the unique opportunity to design the frame for the Toboggan where I got to expand my engineering skills and learn from my peers.
Why should a prospective student consider engineering?
Engineering is hard, gruelling and will wear you down. But it is so worth it, by doing it you will gain so much knowledge and experience. You will see the world through a different lens.
What are your future aspirations?
Once I graduate, I would like to pursue a career in project management. I enjoy connecting with people in a fast paced environment and working on different types of projects.