By Laura Boness
Engineering student projects at UNSW Australia are exploding to new heights.
UNSW Australia offers student-led projects in areas like artificial intelligence, electronics and manufacturing.
New ideas for projects often come from the students themselves. Kate Stead, a UNSW Australia project officer for student-led activities, says there’s been an “explosion of interest” in the past five years.
“If you want to get involved in a real-world project like solar racing or space engineering, there are so many different clubs at UNSW – like Sunswift or BLUEsat,” she says.
Students in Sunswift design and build solar-powered vehicles that go on to compete in the international World Solar Challenge. Sunswift project manager Simba Kuestler says this helps young engineers learn crucial skills for life after uni – and put theory into practice.
“I’ll never forget the team of amazing people I’ve met and achieving world-firsts,” he says.
The BLUEsat group has several endeavours going: developing a satellite, a Mars rover and a satellite ground station, and launching stratospheric balloons.
BLUEsat president Thomas Dixon joined after hearing about the society at an engineering internships night organised by a student group.
“There aren’t many similar opportunities out there to work on space engineering projects,” he says.
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“I’ll never forget the team of amazing people I’ve met and achieving world-firsts.”
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