MSE Case Competition

Team registrations are now closed.

Are you looking for a chance to expand your engineering skills beyond the classroom?

Would you like to develop your skills in interdisciplinary teamwork?

Do you enjoy open ended problem solving?

The MSE Case Competition may be for you!

The MSE Case Competition is an opportunity to be a part of a team and contribute ideas to a real life scenario and apply what you have learned in the classroom, to sharpen your professional skills and develop your industry experience!

Case Competition winners

(Left to right): 2017 Case Competition winners Benjamin Appuhamy, Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business); Kulaghan Kumaradevan, Master of Engineering (Biomedical); Kevin Ngo, Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business); and Vishwesh Sridhar, Master of Engineering (Mechanical).

The Case Competition is an opportunity for students from various engineering disciplines to come together, form a team, and address a real world problem. You learn teamwork skills, presentation skills and gain an understanding of what kind of work an engineer would do.

Kulaghan Kumaradevan, Master of Engineering (Biomedical) and 2017 Case Competition winner.

Who can apply

The MSECase Competition will be open to multidisciplinary teams that must contain either 4 or 5 students who are enrolled in either the Masters of Engineering, Master of Information Systems, Master of Information Technology or Masters of Energy Systems.

Each team must be multidisciplinary — that is, it must contain students from at least two disciplines of engineering or computer information systems (eg: structural, geomatics, electrical, chemical, mechanical, software engineering, information technology).

This year’s case study topic will be engineering focused. All teams will benefit from have a broad range of disciplines represented in their team. Students undertaking degrees other than a Master of Engineering are encouraged to have students undertaking an engineering degree within their team.

How does it work?

Once your team has registered (see above) you will be invited to attend the first workshop (see key dates below) where you will confirm your team and be presented with some invaluable information to prepare you for the case competition. This is where the case study problem will be revealed. 

It is expected that all students wanting to participate in the competition make themselves available for the dates listed below. It is compulsory that you attend all workshops.

Teams will submit a two page document in Stage 1 of the competition that addresses the Case Competition problem.

Final teams will progress to Stage 2 of the competition and are required to attend a compulsory preparation workshop. These teams will present their final presentation to a panel of industry judges.

One team will be awarded a prize and certified the winners of the Melbourne School of Engineering Case Competition for 2018!

Be as creative as possible. Creativity is something that is overlooked. For this competition, it’s not just about being creative in terms of content, but also in the delivery.

Vishwesh Sridhar, Master of Engineering (Mechanical) and 2017 Case Competition winner.

Throughout the Competition we had contact with people from industry, who showed us how to write expression of interests and there were further workshops to help us develop our presentation skills.

Kevin Ngo, Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business) and 2017 Case Competition winner.

Prizes

First Prize

The winning team will receive the following:

  • A 12 month mentoring experience provided by industry professionals at ExxonMobil.
  • A team site visit to ExxonMobil.
  • The team name and individual names of the group members will be engraved in the MSE reciprocal trophy alongside previous competition winners.
  • They will receive a certificate acknowledging they were placed first in the competition.

The mentoring experience has helped me grasp a sense of working as an engineer, helping me relate to the professional environment that I will one day work in and providing insight into the employment process for young engineers.

Benjamin Appuhamy, Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business) and 2017 Case Competition winner.

Second prize

The runner-up team will receive the following:

  • A team site visit to ExxonMobil.
  • They will receive a certificate acknowledging they were placed second in the competition.

Finalists

Each finalist team will receive the following:

  • A certificate acknowledging they were a finalist in the competition

Industry contribution

ExxonMobil logo
This year’s case study and prize has been generous provided by ExxonMobil.

Key dates

Date Activity
Monday 26 March 2018 11.59pm

Register

Team registrations due

Monday 26 March 2018
6.15pm–7.45pm

STAGE 1 Case Competition Outline/Initial Briefing

A representative from ExxonMobil will present your team with the case competition problem, and invaluable hints and tips to succeed through the first stage of the competition.

Each team will be asked to create a response to the Case Competition question, which is due on Wednesday 11 April 2018. The submission can be either two A4 pages or one A3 page.

Wednesday 11 April 2018 11.59pm

STAGE 1 Tender bid document due

Teams will submit their two page submission.

Friday 20 April 2018

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 

Finalist teams will be notified, progress to Stage 2 of the competition and invited along to the Stage 2 workshop.

Thursday 26 April 2018 6.15pm–7.45pm

STAGE 2 Presentation Skills Workshop

Teams will be presented an overview of the final stage of the competition and participate in a Presentation Skills Workshop to prepare them for their final oral presentation submission.

A representative from industry will be present to provide teams with industry knowledge and insights.

Tuesday 8 May 2018
Evening presentation

Final Presentation

Final teams will present to a panel of industry judges.

The winning team will be announced on the night and awarded the annual Melbourne School of Engineering Trophy.

More information

Questions in regards to this activity can be sent to eng-placements@unimelb.edu.au