Mechanical Engineering students receive honours at international competitions

23 November 2015

Several Mechanical Engineering postgraduate students have been presented with honours for their projects at the Nanjing 321 Business Plan Contest for the Australia and New Zealand region, and the the Win-in-Suzhou Start-up Competition.


The University of Auckland's Faculty of Engineering boasted two winning teams at the Nanjing 321 Business Plan Contest. The first team comprised of Mechanical Engineering PhD students Jiaqi Wang, Harish Devaraj and Charles Lu, who are supervised by Professor Kean Aw. Another team included Mingming Zhang, Wei Meng and Charles Lu, also Mechanical Engineering PhD candidates, supervised by Professor Shane Xie.


They participated in the contest alongside University alumni Dr Jian Liang, and Nanjing University students Ruozhou Wang and Yipin Xiao. The contest was held at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology on 14th November, 2015.


The teams' projects, respectively titled, ‘Remote Medical Monitoring System’ and 'Pneumatic Rehabilitation Robots', placed in the top six amongst hundreds of excellent projects, allowing them to automatically qualify for the next round to be held at Nanjing, China in April 2016.


Mingming Zhang and Wei Meng, as supervised by Professor Shane Xie, additionally won the first prize out of 12 comparable projects at the Win-in-Suzhou Oceania Start-Up Competition, and received a financial award of AUD $8,000. This competition was held at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology on 19th September, 2015. They successfully presented the design and development, and demonstrated the business plan of their project, 'Wearable Rehabilitation Robots'. The winner was selected based on the quality of business proposal, on-site presentation, and question handling. 


Media releases (in Chinese) for the event are available at the following links: 123.