The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and the ANU College of Business and Economics hosted a winning team of students from the Film Fly Experience Australia competition run by Austrade.
The competition was open to students from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and the prize was a five day study tour at one of Australia’s top universities.
Roshvin Kailashnath Pillai and Abhinava Adhityaa, along with their teacher Geetha Sreenivasan from Vaels International School, Chennai, were one of the five Indian teams selected to visit Australia.
Their task was to create a three minute video demonstrating their understanding of the theme of ‘Improving quality of life through humanitarian engineering and entrepreneurship’. The pair decided to focus their project on water recycling.
Both thought that engineering would play a major part in solving the world’s humanitarian problems.
“It actually does have a pretty big role. Because we have to design the new stuff for the people of the next generation, because they won’t have the resources we have now” said Roshvin.
Abhinava agreed, “Engineers play a major role in innovation, and if it wasn’t for engineering we’d be stuck in the 18th century”.
During the week, the students had a tour of the city sights and campus, attended the Big Day In event and had a workshop with Humanitarian Engineer Dr Jeremy Smith about their project.
“After talking to Jeremy Smith, we learned a lot of new things. How to operate our model, how to make it better” said Abhinava.
Roshvin said that Smith had helped them think about the further implications of their idea.
“We can focus on not only engineering, but things like social acceptance” said Roshvin.
The students said they felt encouraged to continue with their idea, and that they would like to study engineering at university in the future.
“I want to do something new for India, and humanitarian engineering is really important, so it’s pretty inspirational” said Abhinava.