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UNM students national runners-up of James Dyson Award Malaysia

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A group of four MEng students; Jason Lee Jun Wei, Lim Dao Kun, Lim Jian Ching and Wong Ee Chew from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (M3) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) has emerged as the national runners-up in the James Dyson Award Malaysia 2019 on 19 September 2019. With an inspiration to bring the ocean back to its original state, the students submitted their entry of a floating sea bin, titled “Litterid” to the James Dyson Award. The winning entry, which was also the students’ prototype for their group, design and make project, was designed with the concept of a drone in the water. The movement of the prototype is user-controlled to capture and drag plastic back to the shore. The prototype, which is water-proof, has the capacity to carry up to 46 litres of plastic, at a manoeuvring speed of 0.5 m/s.  

“We spent almost six months designing and manufacturing the prototype. We were glad when the prototype came into fruition after several modifications. This award came to our surprise as we did not have any expectations upon submission,” the students exclaimed.

According to their supervisor, Assistant Professor Dr Cheng Xinwei, “The students worked hard and demonstrated high competence for their project. I am very proud of their achievement. ”

The winning entry was also selected as one of the five projects by The James Dyson Foundation Design Award during the university’s exhibition on 30 May 2019. The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. More information on the winning entry can be found here.  


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Posted on 21st October 2019

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