As part of the Engineering for People Design Challenge, our team competed with 35 student teams from around the UK and Ireland to London at the 6th annual Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals.
The team (Thomas Morgan, Samuel Honeker, Stephan Freer and Harry Sayannos) presented their design solution to a panel of judges from a number of organisations including this year’s Engineering for People Design Challenge partner, EcoSwell, the Engineering Council, the Engineering Professors’ Council, the Institute of Highways Engineers, Anglo American and DfiD.
The finals took place in one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, Siemens’ Crystal in London on the 19th June.
“Having the opportunity to compete in the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2017 was an eye opener for me as to what engineering is capable of. It also showed me how engineering is not only about understanding structures but also being able to understand peoples needs and the environment around us and how what we design impacts these factors”
Stephan Freer, Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng(Hons)
“By participating in the engineering for people design challenge, it enabled me to think about other cultures and what may be socially accepted in their community. There was an array of solutions which were brought to the grand finals, all of which were innovative ideas that would ignite interest. Being able to be in a room full of hardworking and motivated people was an inspiration, particularly for what the future may hold for lesser-developed communities around the world. I would highly recommend students to challenge themselves for this project because being at the grand finals was a fantastic experience which would inspire anyone to help make positive changes in the world.”
Samuel Honeker, Civil Engineering MEng
“As a team we pitched our idea of using biodigesters to address the sanitation issues of Lobitos to two judges. This project opened our eyes to some of the different roles engineers can play in developing countries, and how we can make a real difference to peoples lives.”
Thomas Morgan, Civil with Environmental Engineering BEng(Hons)