Students’ engineering projects help solve real world challenges

November 25, 2020

Each year, engineering students in their final year of study at the University of Canterbury (UC) work on projects with industry or communities to address real world issues.

Below are four examples of 2020 projects students completed – simultaneously making a difference in the world and gaining experience to prepare for the workforce.

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Red Cross needed a solution for a portable energy device that could be put in a backpack and walked up a hill in an emergency situation.

Chemical & Process Engineering
A remote village in Tonga needs clean drinking water but there is limited electricity to run a processing plant. The team needed to create an economically viable plan for a small-scale plant to desalinate and sterilise drinking water. It needed to be powered by renewable resources since the village only has electricity for two hours each day and diesel is expensive.

Computer Science & Software Engineering
In collaboration with AgResearch, Port of Tauranga and Better Border Biosecurity, this project looked at how to use technology to identify contaminants on container ships and reduce the entry and establishment of new plant pests and diseases in New Zealand.

Mechanical Engineering
The goal for this project was to create a heat treatment process that would allow for the redevelopment of a bronze alloy known as C969.

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