— Alex Kingsbury (@AdditiveAlex) October 16, 2018
EnGenius 2018 Industry Judge, Alex Kingsbury’s tweet says it all!
On Wednesday, we visited the EnGenius 2018 Design Showcase at the Melbourne Convention Centre. More than 1300 students from the School of Engineering exhibited the outcomes of their capstone projects, displaying an exciting array of posters, products and prototypes which were all developed to address real world problems and scenarios. From plastic bottle kayaks, to smart body implants, we were amazed not only by the sheer volume but also the diverse array of projects on display.
Students were on hand to talk to visitors about their work and demonstrate their technical knowledge as well as their leadership, communication and entrepreneurial skills. It was a great opportunity for them to make their work public – to think about how to communicate with different audiences and to make crucial links between their academic studies and real world applications.
The exhibition itself was embedded into the curriculum, providing an a unique assessment environment. Projects were assessed ‘live’ by a panel of industry experts and RMIT academic staff, judging how well they had addressed the problems they set out to solve, as well as practicality of design, marketing and potential implementation. You could feel the excitement in the room as assessment panels interacted with students, and the announcement of prizes during the day added to the sense of achievement and celebration. It was clear that the hard work and dedication of the students – as well as their supervisors – was valued and recognised by the School and its industry partners.
Overall, the event was an exciting manifestation of the synergy between teaching and research in the engineering disciplines. Congratulations to the School of Engineering’s Learning & Teaching team who pulled out all stops to make the event such a success – we hope that the event gets bigger and better in the years to come!
The following video gives a quick snapshot of EnGenius 2018.
The following article gives more information about the School of Engineering’s industry collaborations.