What is the MSE Case Competition?
The competition takes place once a year and provides Engineering and IT students with the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team and craft responses to a genuine industry challenge.
The MSE Case Competition provides students with an opportunity to:
- Network with industry representatives
- Be a part of a team
- Contribute ideas to a real life scenario
- Apply what you have learned in the classroom
- Sharpen your professional skills
- Develop your industry experience
- Win some great prizes!
Participate in the 2019 competition
Learn more about the competition and how to register your team.
Why take part?
Who can apply
The competition is open to multidisciplinary teams that must contain 4 or 5 students who are enrolled in any of these courses:
- Masters of Engineering
- Master of Information Systems
- Master of Information Technology
- 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 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!
The winning team will receive the following:
- A 12 month mentoring experience provided by industry professionals.
- A team site visit.
- The team name and individual names of the group members will be engraved in the MSE perpetual trophy alongside previous competition winners.
- They will receive a certificate acknowledging they were placed first in the competition.
- Each winning student will receive a $100 Coles Myer Gift Card.
The runner-up team will receive the following:
- A team site visit.
- They will receive a certificate acknowledging they were placed second in the competition.
- Each winning student will receive a $50 Coles Myer Gift Card.
Each finalist team will receive the following:
- A certificate acknowledging they were a finalist in the competition.
This year’s case study and prize has been generously provided by WSP.
Registrations for 2019 now closed.
- Tuesday 19 March 2019
- 11.59pm Register
Team registrations due
- Tuesday 19 March 2019
- 6.30–8.00pm Stage 1: Case Competition Outline/Initial Briefing
A representative from WSP 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 Friday 5 April 2019. The submission can be either two A4 pages or one A3 page.
- Friday 5 April 2019
- 12pm (mid-day) Stage 1: Tender bid document due
Teams will submit their two-page submission.
- Wednesday 17 April 2019
- Finalists announced
Finalist teams will be notified, progress to Stage 2 of the competition and invited along to the Stage 2 workshop.
- Tuesday 30 April 2019
- 6.15–7.45pm 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 14 May 2019
- 6.00–8.20pm 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.
Not competing? This event is open to a live audience. This is your opportunity to hear from the finalists and gain insights from the industry judges in relation to presenting effective and professional presentations.There are also door prizes up for grab just for attending!
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Questions in regards to the competition can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous case studies and competition winners
Each competition challenge is developed in collaboration with industry.
The winning team will be awarded the perpetual trophy, take part in an onsite tour at an industry premises, and undertake a mentoring opportunity with an industry professional.
The 2019 Case Study Competition saw student teams create a bid document that presented a innovative transport link to the Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct. Fishermans Bend is an important area of growth for population, economic, employment and education/research in Victoria. The Employment Precinct will include the new Melbourne School of Engineering campus and the transport link that the teams created needed to identify a was that guests visiting the area could enter through a impressive Innovation Precinct Gateway whilst seamlessly proceeding to the Employment Precinct.
The 2019 Case Competition was provided by WSP Australia.
Loads, Diodes and Cathodes
The 2018 Case Competition provided student groups with the opportunity to present their ideas for the repurposing and decommission of two ExxonMobil offshore platforms in the Bass Strait. Ideas were judged both on their feasibility and creativity.
The case was delivered by ExxonMobil, who also generously donated a 12 month mentoring experience and site visit to the winning team.
The 2018 Case Competition was provided by ExxonMobil.
Student groups participating in the 2017 competition received a project brief providing some background to the MSE Campus II project. A set of considerations and criteria were delivered by AECOM, a multinational engineering consultancy and construction firm.
Each team provided a bidding document which outlined design concepts for the Campus II project. Six teams then progressed to the finals where they presented their ideas to a panel of industry judges.
The top two teams received a 12 month mentoring experience and site visit, generously donated by AECOM and ExxonMobil.
The 2017 Case Competition challenge was provided by AECOM.
Groups in the 2016 competition received a project brief asking them to review the use of an under-utilised desalination plant to supply a rural site. Within this simulated case study, a senior engineer assigned each group with the task of presenting the basic material required to bid on a call for tender for a rural water infrastructure project; the intention was to persuade a visiting division head that the team is equipped to bid for the project, and to solicit advice on how to proceed.
The student groups were presented with the case and delivered their bid presentation all on the same day, highlighting the teams adaptability and creativity in pitching their ideas.
The top team received a mentoring experience and site visit generously donated by ExxonMobil.