A business student from Quin has won the top honours at an international engineering and commerce competition in Montreal. David Monaghan and his three University of Limerick team mates became the first team outside of Canada to claim the top award at the International Engineering and Commerce Case Competition (ECCC) in Montreal.

David and the UL team of Patrick Lu, Eoin Hann and Darren Feehily, were flying the flag for Europe, against eleven teams from North America and the Middle East. As well as winning the overall title, they won Best Engineering Solution and Best Sustainable Solution honours.

The winners had to create innovative solutions in three different tasks. These included creating a data centre design and strategy, designing a solution for a tunnel based on Hyperloop technology and developing a strategy for the autonomous vehicle market.

Hosted by Université Concordia, the competition is the only test of its type in the world and rated one of the top case challenges in North America. It aims to find solutions to real-world challenges facing modern industries. Each team comprised students from engineering and business disciplines.

The UL team represented Ireland following their win in the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge last November. During that task, the team researched and designed a complex engineering and financial energy challenge in just seven hours.