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Phillip completed thermal modelling/design project in 2009...

Student - Phillip Moreno (QUT Infomechatronics Engineering student, 2009)

Phillip completed a thermal modelling and design project with Mesaplexx during the 2nd semester 2009.

According to Phillip, “completing an industry based project through CEED, has provided me with the opportunity to work for a company involved in cutting edge technology; an opportunity I may not have otherwise received had I completed an academic based project.  CEED is a very well structured program that greatly helps to ensure you can meet both academic and industry requirements.  The CEED staff are very friendly and assist every step along the way to ensure a successful outcome.

As CEED projects are industry based, there is commercial interest associated with the work you complete.  This provides a great sense of satisfaction, as you become part of a solution for a company.  There is a tangible outcome to your project, and your project becomes more than simply some paperwork you hand to your academic supervisor.  This helps promote pride and motivation to achieve the best possible outcome for the company which ultimately helps to improve your mark for your project.

During my CEED project I worked for Mesaplexx, a company involved in developing microwave filters for mobile telecommunications.  I found the project very exciting, and quite different from anything I had ever experienced before.  I was completely unaware of the existence of such a technology and industry, and therefore found the project a great eye opener, as I learnt about a new and exciting technology.  While this was the case, it was still easy; to relate the problem at hand with the knowledge I had gained over the past four years as an engineering student.  This is due to the hard work put in by CEED to source projects that are challenging enough, to remain interesting, while still ensuring that the problem presented by the company can be realistically solved by an undergraduate studying the relevant field.

One of my favourite aspects of completing my CEED project was the opportunity to observe my work go from being purely theoretical, to being implemented.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the filter design I had drawn on the computer, go from being an image on a computer screen, to a collection of parts that I could hold in my hands, and then assemble just as the way I had imagined it in my head.  

The CEED program also provides an invaluable opportunity to complete the required 60 days industrial experience in order to graduate as an engineer.  As an undergraduate student who was into his final year and as yet had not completed a single day of industrial experience, I was quite thankful for the opportunity to use my CEED project as a means of achieving my required 60 days.

I would highly recommend the CEED program to any engineering student, as it is an exciting, rewarding and excellent way to complete an undergraduate project.”

Footnote:  Phillip was awarded a Grade 7 by QUT for his project.  He was also awarded 1st prize in the 2009 Steve Golding Awards for his innovative project.