Grad’s mining drill Dyson finalist


Jalisa Massiah
News Reporter

Thinking small may get Humber grad Borys Chylinski the big prize.

The 2014 graduate of Humber’s Industrial Design program is waiting to hear if he qualifies for the final stage of the International James Dyson Award, named for the British inventor of cutting edge tools and appliances.

If Chylinski is among the world’s top 20 entries, he will be one step closer to winning the $7,500 prize.

“It’s awesome to be recognized for all of the hard work I put in over the last year. I am also very proud to be representing Humber,” said Chylinski in an email interview.

The Dyson Award was launched in 2004 and focuses on inspiring post-secondary students by tasking them to design something that solves a problem.

Chylinski’s invented the Skorpion Rock Drill, designed to help subterranean miners work in confined spaces. He originally conceived the compact mining drill carrier for his graduate thesis project.

“I think it would probably be best used in mines that aren’t as well funded, such as start-ups or in less wealthy countries where safety regulations are more relaxed,” said Chylinski.

The pros of the Skorpion are that it focuses on safety in an innovative way by reducing exposure to the mining environment without adding weight or armour to the vehicle, he said.

Chylinski said much of the technology he used is still emerging and may make the drill carrier difficult to mass-produce.

“Not having a background in mining personally, I wanted to challenge myself to learn as much as possible about the industry that has had great influence on my family,” said Chylinski. “I was inspired to create this project because I have deep roots in mining stemming from my parents and grandparents in Poland. Patrick Burke, Humber’s Industrial Design program coordinator said,

“Borys is a really talented man, who did a lot of work for his thesis but was also working pretty close to full time as he was doing his thesis. (He has) very good design ability, and did an excellent job with his thesis project.”

James Dyson, the inventor who is best known for his invention the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum, “fell into a career in engineering and didn’t want young people with the potential to be great engineers, to miss out,” said Lydia Beaton, James Dyson Foundation manager in an email interview.

The final stage of the competition occurs on Nov. 6.