UniMelb students are designing a campus of the future

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University of Melbourne engineering and IT students are designing a campus of the future

Each year, University of Melbourne engineering and IT students work on real-world problems and gain industry insights through the Melbourne School of Engineering’s Case Study Competition.

In 2017, students were tasked with designing a uni campus of the future, with objectives including a six-star Green Star sustainability rating and net zero carbon, water and waste targets. The task was inspired by the university’s new campus, which is set to open in the early 2020s and become Australia’s leading precinct for engineering and technology.



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Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business) student Kevin Ngo (second from right) was part of the winning team, which also included mechanical and biomedical engineering students.

“Having different perspectives brought really valuable insights to the project,” says Kevin. With energy-generating windmills, solar-powered buses and virtual-reality learning, the team’s design focused on innovative technologies.

The competing groups received feedback from industry partners and each winning team member received a 12-month mentoring experience from an industry professional.

“The mentorship was really rewarding!” says Kevin. He gained great study and career tips from his mentor, ExxonMobil engineer and University of Melbourne engineering graduate, Danielle Grant. “At the heart of engineering is a drive to develop the future,” says Danielle, who described the students as “the next generation of problem solvers.” 

– Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

TO GET THERE: eng.unimelb.edu.au/build-a-career

This article is brought to you in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

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Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.


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