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

How to enter

  1. Check the eligibility criteria 

  2. Download and complete entry form 

  3. Upload form and supporting material to the online portal

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Entries open

3 Dec – 28 Feb 2021

Finalists announced

May 2021


1 July 2021

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