Student 'Endeavour' on display at engineering showcase

November 14 / 148

Min Huang, Zhao Qian and Zun Zhou with their portable brain recording system. Photo Melbourne University Photography Club.
Min Huang, Zhao Qian and Zun Zhou with their portable brain recording system. Photo Melbourne University Photography Club.

A pool cleaning robot, a portable headpiece to monitor brain activity and a cutting-edge racing vehicle were among the engineering and IT final year projects on display at Endeavour 2014.

Endeavour is the Melbourne School of Engineering’s annual student-coordinated exhibition showcasing student design and research projects across all engineering and IT disciplines. 

Other projects on display included light-weight 3D printed building materials, a low-cost thermal imaging camera and next generation active noise-cancelling headphones.

Mechanical engineering students Stash Rowe and David Finn developed an Automated Micro-Brewery which aims to produce quality beer with limited user interaction.

The students said neither of them had brewed in the past, and developing the processes that control the micro-brewery involved the application of a lot of fundamental theory from their course, while also being fun to work on.

Mr Rowe said it had been a really good implementation of their engineering skills. 

“It’s not just about hacking it together, we’ve used proper Computer Assisted Design and mathematical modelling to aid us in making the right decisions,” he said.

“We’ve learned a lot about how to build things. It’s a prototype, but there are areas we can go into in terms of commercialisation. We’re now at the first foundation, from which we can take it further.”

Zum Zhou and his team from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering developed a portable brain recording system which offers epilepsy researchers more freedom when monitoring their patients, compared to the bulky and restrictive devices currently in use.

Their wearable system allows the patient to remain mobile while the device monitors the electrical impulses of their brain.

Mr Zhou said he was interested in the crossover between medicine and engineering.

“Medical applications are a fantastic area because we can help a lot of people with our engineering knowledge,” he said.

Special guest at the expo this year was anthropologist Dr Genevieve Bell, who is the director of Intel Corporation’s Interaction and Experience Research. 

Dr Bell gave a keynote address to final year students, where she stressed the importance of increasing the participation rates of women in engineering and technology.

To see the list of winners of the 2014 Endeavour Awards, visit the Melbourne Engineer

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