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An undergraduate engineering student or group of students who demonstrate outstanding design and innovation in their final year tertiary project.

To be envied

  • Robust engineering analysis that shows investigation, testing, validation and improvements.

  • Demonstrated lateral thinking and problem solving – a solution to an identified need or problem, or a new benefit or advantage over existing alternatives.

  • Design delivers value to the environment or society in which the project exists.


  • Entries are open to individuals or teams

  • Studying an Engineering New Zealand-accredited qualification

  • Studying at a tertiary institution in New Zealand

  • Applicant must be an academic and either a Dean or programme director (or equivalent), a programme leader in an engineering discipline, or the paper coordinator for the project being submitted.

  • A maximum of three entries for this award category from any tertiary provider

  • Does not have to be an Engineering New Zealand member

Judging Criteria

  • Delivery – succinct and straight forward communication of ideas

  • Design – innovative design solutions and evidence that design has been used as a creative activity

  • Impact – demonstrates consideration of social, environmental and economic impacts

  • Opportunity/challenge – clear specification of requirements and constraints

  • Evaluation – preliminary evaluation of potential solutions and evaluation of a preferred solution against the requirements and constraints

  • Analysis – technical analysis of one or more preferred options

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