Have your say in National Instruments student design competition

Six finalists for National Instruments’ Northern Europe Student Design Contest have been announced and are looking for your vote.

National Instruments is running an international competition to discover the best student design projects, and having chosen six finalists in the Northern European heat has opened voting to the public.

The Northern European winner will be awarded a £500 Amazon gift voucher at the Engineering Impact Awards held in London on 28 November and be entered into the Global Grand Prize, with a chance to win a $2,000 Amazon gift voucher and a trip to National Instruments' NIWeek conference in Austin, Texas.

The six finalists have created inspiring and high-impact engineering applications; breaking records, changing lives, founding companies, and saving the environment… and they haven’t even graduated yet.

For example, in The Netherlands, student society Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) has designed, built and launched Stratos II, a rocket that has already hit a record-breaking altitude of 21.5km.

In collaboration with the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially sighted, a team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has designed and built the hardware behind a visual sensory substitution system Colorophone, which enables blind people to ‘listen’ to light and colour.

A multidisciplinary team from the University of Leeds has developed a commercially viable rehabilitation device for use in post-stroke therapy entitled Project ALAN, which highlights the potential of robotics-enabled remote physiotherapy.

Then there’s the students from Aahus University in Denmark, who have created an arctic robot called DeepFreezeROV to help get a better understanding of climate change through the study of algae that lives under and within sea ice, and DTU Roadrunners, a team of students at the Technical University of Denmark who state they’ve built the world’s most fuel-efficient urban car.

Finally, students from Loughborough University have been working to give victims of paralysis back their voice via the development of a system that can learn a user’s break patterns and produce spoken words on their behalf. Tests will soon be underway at one of the region’s intensive treatment units.

With the winner chosen by the public, voting is now open until 21 October. Why not support inspiring student engineers by placing your vote online.




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