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.
Register your interest to participate in the 2019 competition. Once registrations are open in February/March 2019 we will contact you to let you know.
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 prizes for the 2019 are still being determined. In previous years the winning team has received an exclusive 12 month mentoring experience, an industry site tour, and their names on the perpetual trophy.
All teams who progress to the final stages of the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement.
Questions in regards to the competition can be sent to email@example.com.
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.
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.