Engineering Projects

Welcome!

Welcome to the Engineering Project Website. The one year project is probably the most exciting and challenging paper that you will undertake at Massey. It represents the culmination of your engineering knowledge and application of what you have learned over the past four years. If you do it well and enthusiastically, we are sure that you will reap the rewards in your future employment

Getting Started:

You should aim at having a good idea as to the basis of the project you wish to do and who will be involved with the supervision before the beginning of the academic year. This means giving the matter some thought in your third year, start by deciding on an area and discussing the options with relevant staff members. This is an opportunity for you to “customise “ your degree - so pick your area carefully, many people find that this decision turns out to be the start of their remunerated career path. Think “how will this project help me during the next three or so years?”

It is well worth the effort to get an “outside” interest involved, this could be an organization you have had vacation employment with, or another part of the university e.g. vets. You can use the project as a lure for getting this year’s vacation job by offering to do a project for the Company thus extending your involvement with the organization to a year. Confidentiality and financial support arrangements are dealt with on a project specific basis and rarely prove to be an obstacle. There are no formal “charges” to an organization  involved in a project.

Good projects should have sufficient:

1)  scope to encourage the investigation of various solutions (starting with a tightly defined project concept will generally not be acceptable).

2)  definition of scope so that the student doesn’t have to spend too much time trying to pin down what the customer wants.

3)   depth of engineering/technology challenge.

5)   opportunity to pursue customer based solutions – accessing appropriate customer involvement.

6)   opportunity to pursue commercialisation options (including IP value)as part of the project.

7)    opportunity to explore and to become aware of social & environmental issues associated with project.

8)    sufficient interest to make them you want  to “get out of bed in the morning”. Remember, this is 25% of your year’s work.

Please contact me if you have any queries ( e.g. potential supervisors) or if an outside organization needs clarification on any issue.

PROJECT REGISTRATION:

2014 PROJECTS - Key Dates

Palmerston North

28th February -Friday, 9.30am - 3.30pm, Room C2.143 (Presentation Lab)
PROJECT LAUNCH SESSION - includes:

  • requirements
  • assessment methods
  • resources
  • planning etc.

7th March - Friday, 10.30am - LUNCH
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SESSION - includes:

  • presentations from a Patent Attorney
  • The Massey Bio Commerce Centre, which looks after your IP interest.

14th March - Friday, PROJECT PROPOSAL INTERVIEWS

Individual interviews with a panel of staff members where you will discuss your project charter.

2nd May - Friday, FIRST PROGRESS MEETING

Individual interviews at which you will present your Final Charter, your Literature Review, and a statement on progress to date.

15th August - Friday, SECOND PROGRESS MEETING

Individual interviews at which you will present your project completion tactics.

17th October - Friday, PRESENTATION DAY

You will be expected to attend the full day. Lunch and evening nibbles will be provided.

Any claims for reimbursement of expenses for fourth year projects must be submitted to the finance administrators prior to the presentations on the 17th October. If you are expecting to incur project costs for which you will want to be reimbursed after this date you must obtain the approval of your supervisor for late reimbursement. No reimbursements can be made after 31 December.

3rd November - Monday, REPORT HANDED TO SUPERVISOR FOR FINAL ASSESSMENT

14th November - Friday - CORRECTED, PRINTABLE VERSION OF REPORT SUBMITTED

(Grade will be withheld until ALL commitments are complied with).

 

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