Hatch Plant Design Competition (held during Conference Opening Reception)

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Ballroom B3

Sponsored by Hatch

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the Hatch Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian universities.


Individuals and groups of undergraduate students registered in chemical engineering programs in Canadian universities during the academic year. As most design projects are carried out in the final year courses, recent graduates are also eligible to apply. To minimize the number of projects to be judged, each chemical engineering program may only submit one entry. No limit on the size of the team.


May 30, 2019


Individual Prizes: Each team member of the first-place team will receive a certificate as well as a one year CSChE undergraduate membership. (For those who are recent graduates, the prize will provide an undergraduate member discount towards your upgraded membership). Second and third place team members will receive certificates.
Team Prize: The top team will receive a cash award of $1,000, 2nd place team will receive $500 and the 3rd place team will receive $300.


The competition will be judged entirely at the CSChE conference, in two stages. The first stage will be a poster competition during the conference's Welcome Reception on Sunday, where every team sets up and presents their poster. The second stage is an oral competition on Monday, where the top three teams from the poster competition are asked to give a 30-minute talk (including questions) about their project to a panel of judges.

Design Topic

Please provide your project in electronic format to the CSChE Awards Manager. Entries for the competition should contain the following:

  • a list of students who performed the work, with their permanent addresses and e-mail addresses
  • an executive summary of the project, including a simplified flow sheet of the process
  • the name of the collaborating organization and the engineers who assisted the students and
  • the submitting Professor/Department must provide a 1-2 page(s) “List of Arguments” stating the reasons the project
    • is above level of expectations in terms of quality and/or complexity
    • contain elements of creativity or novelty and
    • required knowledge and/or work exceeding the expected level of undergraduate chemical engineering students.
  • Statements should be precisely formulated as “bullets”; generalities should be avoided.
  • The ratio between process information/data given to the students by Professors and Industrial advisors versus the data and information the students had to find themselves is different for each submission. Therefore, to assist in fairly judging the competition, each submitting Professor/Department must provide a summary statement of the initial information provided to the students as well as information regarding the subject plant such as:
    • Is it an improvement/expansion of an existing plant?
    • Is it a new plant and similar or identical plant exists?
    • Is it a new plant and similar or identical plants do not exist?


Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the head of the department of chemical engineering, indicating that the information is not confidential.

Submit designs to:


Questions? Contact the Awards Manager at 613-232-6252 ext. 223 or awards@cheminst.ca