Win­ning streak continues

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Stu­dents on an ac­cel­er­ated en­gi­neer­ing de­gree took on a chal­lenge that usu­ally takes a full aca­demic year to com­plete, and came up with three prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions in six months.

The chal­lenge laid down by En­gi­neers With­out Borders (EWB), in part­ner­ship with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Viet­nam, was to de­velop ideas for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the Anh Minh district within the Kien Giang prov­ince on the Mekong Delta, at the south­ern tip of Viet­nam. Al­though the Mekong Delta pro­duces around 50 per­cent of Viet­nam's rice, it is one of the poor­est re­gions in the coun­try.

Judges de­cided the win­ning idea was a fuel-ef­fi­cient cook­ing stove that used lo­cally-sourced com­po­nents, burned twigs and sticks, and had a chim­ney.

Massey Univer­sity en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents have won the New Zealand EWB chal­lenge for the last two years.

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