Chemical engineering students showcase project in Melbourne

A group of first year students from the School of Chemical Engineering have been invited to present their work as part of the Engineers Without Borders Australia Challenge Showcase, which will be held this Friday in Melbourne.

Students Claire Cappo, Sam Harlow, Le Ha Anh Ngo, Azriel Poskey-Miles and Thi Hieu Tran will head to Melbourne to showcase their second semester project, which looked at creating a sustainable fish farm that could provide a stable source of fish protein and alternative long-term livelihood opportunities for communities of East Santo, Vanuatu. Another member of their team, Mohammed Altooqi, worked on the project throughout the semester but he is back home overseas and will not be able to attend.

The group evaluated a range of design alternatives and species for a fish farm and concluded that a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), where native barramundi fish are grown in indoor tanks under controlled environmental conditions, would be the most suitable.

The group was mentored by the Course Coordinator, Elizabeth Yong, and by senior academic staff member Ken Davey in their Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE) team, as part of the Professional Practice I course.

The students will be joined by groups from 21 other universities from across Australia and New Zealand, with a total of five awards up for grabs following the judging process.

The five awards are presented for the following categories:

  • Live and Learn Vanuatu Award
  • Podesta Family Enterprise Innovation Award
  • EWB Challenge Showcase Award
  • Industry Reviewers’ Award
  • People’s Choice Award

Student Claire Cappo said although it would be great for the team to be able to come home with an award, being able to attend the event and have their work recognised was “a success in itself”.

The EWB Challenge Showcase is a key theme within EWB Australia’s annual ‘Making an Impact’ Summit. The top participating student teams present their humanitarian engineering and community development projects to the EWB Challenge judges, while also engaging in workshops on humanitarian engineering or professional development and are eligible for selection for the EWB Challenge Awards.

Each year, the EWB Challenge partners with a different community-based organisation to identify sustainable development projects that could benefit the communities with whom the partner organisation works. In 2017, this organisation is Live and Learn in Vanuatu.

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