An annual trade fair that challenges RMIT engineering students to tackle real-world problems, EnGenius highlights student work to industry experts and professionals.
EnGenius showcases the work of third and fourth year electrical and computer engineering students. Working in small groups, students develop a diverse range of projects, products and strategies to address problems or scenarios that can be improved through electrical and computer engineering.
“EnGenius aims to make students more employable, entrepreneurial, productive and innovative by enhancing their design skills through industry and research related projects,” said Dr Dean Cvetkovic, Senior Lecturer and former co-ordinator of EnGenius.
Projects are assessed by a panel of industry experts from a range of engineering and business firms. They are judged on how well they address the problem they set out to solve, as well as practicality of design and potential implementation. The top-scoring teams are awarded prizes including Best Project Design and Best Presentation.
Past examples of student work include a new gastrointestinal gas measurement capsule and InGear, an application for learner drivers to easily track their driving experience and maintain their logbooks.
Other projects created for EnGenius have taken their teams to even larger industry stages, such as the Haystack Temperature Monitoring and Alert System.
Designed to prevent agricultural fires caused by climbing temperatures within haystacks, the invention was featured as a finalist at the Telstra M2M Challenge, beating out a competitive field to take out second place.
“It was a challenging but ultimately a rewarding experience. From brainstorming ideas and working on the project together, all the way to our final submission, each team member contributed and we are very happy with the final result,” said Konstantino Psinas, Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Computer Science.
“Despite some hurdles, our team really came together and completed both EnGenius and the M2M challenge to a very high standard, which we are proud of”, he said.