The Student Innovator of the Year Award celebrates a student engineer or group of students who demonstrate outstanding design in their final year tertiary project. It will be awarded at our Forum in Wellington on 29 March 2019.

How to apply

To be considered for this award you must:

  • be studying engineering at a tertiary institution in New Zealand
  • enter a design-based project where the goal is to design, build and demonstrate a new or improved device.

You don't need to be a member of Engineering New Zealand to apply. But we'd love you to join us!

Please save your nomination form and supporting materials as one PDF and email to

Student innovator form   |  536.5 KB

How it works

Once all nominations are in, our judges will meet and decide on a winner. The winner will be notified and have their travel and accommodation costs covered to travel to Wellington to accept the award. On the night, the winner will be awarded the Ray Meyer Medal for Student Design.

How you'll be judged

For your project to be considered for the award, it must demonstrate the following.

  • Performance against the learning outcomes in the academic requirements of the paper.
  • Clear specification of requirements and constraints.
  • Identification and preliminary evaluation of potential solutions.
  • Detailed technical analysis of one or more preferred options.
  • Detailed evaluation of a preferred solution against the requirements and constraints.
  • Consideration of social, environmental and economic impacts.
  • Quality of presentation and communication of ideas.

Judges also look at innovation in design solutions and for evidence that design has been used as a creative activity. The criteria don't carry equal weight.

Our judges

  • Anna Crowther - Bonacci Group
  • Rainer Seidel - University of Auckland (Past Lecturer)
  • Michael Pervan - Altitude 

For more information on applying, get in touch.