A group of four engineering students are the winners of the first 2022 ANZ Engineering Academic Challenge organised by the Engineering solutions team at Elsevier (supported by Knovel, Ei Compendex, IET Inspec, Engineers Australia and Australian Council of Engineering Deans) for engineering students and researchers across engineering schools in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. The competition tested the ability of the students to solve real-world engineering problems through critical thinking.
This was the first time Fiji had participated in such a competition. Team Fiji, composed of Engineering students from The University of the South Pacific included Baba Diarra, Rishal Chand, Shiva Gounder, and Arshaque Ali. The team said they joined the challenge with no expectations of winning but were glad to note their hard work had paid off.
The team is said to have met all the criteria answering the questions the right way and beating Teams Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s not like we were not trying to win but we did our best. We went into the competition without knowing what the concepts would be about and what the questions would be based on, but we knew it would be about engineering,” Team Fiji said.
The idea started with wanting to equip future engineers with the right information solutions; hence Elsevier reached out to the different partners of IET Inspec, Engineers Australia and ACED to join this good cause of the challenge.
The challenge posed a range of essay questions that involved innovative and critical thinking to address developmental issues and the team had access to two databases to refer to. They had seven days to answer ten questions. The team spent close to 24 hours in total preparing for the challenge.
They added it was interesting to compete with teams from Australia and New Zealand with the questions based on the challenges faced in the modern-day such as climate change and COVID-19.
For future participants, Team Fiji advised, “There is nothing to lose in this challenge. If you do lose, you still gain the knowledge, so give it a shot and try your best”.
Team Fiji received the following prizes:
- 4 (four) JB Hi-fi Gift Card of AUD 150 (AUD 600)
- 4 (four) $30 Gift Card (AUD 120)
- 4 (four) Engineer Australia Graduate Year 1 membership – valid for the first year after graduation (AUD 574)
- 4 (four) USD 150 worth of academic books from IET (USD 600)
- 4 (four) Goodie Bags, including stationaries of Elsevier, IET and Engineers Australia (AUD 200)
- 4 (four) Certifications
For more information, visit, https://www.elsevier.com/en-au/rd-solutions/engineering/anz-engineering-academic-challenge-2022