Real-industry Issues That Can Allow Students To Tackle Big Challenges

OILab, a new kind of creative environment where students with varied skillsets solve problems presented by industry partners

OILab director Margi Moore will further develop its innovation activities over the next few years as a problem-solving project

“We decided to start small to test our approaches, gain confidence and learn by doing,” she says.

Industry partners George Sante and Russell Morphin from rightware solutions challenged the students to come up with low-cost solutions to enable the remote monitoring of water supply networks. Paul says the experience was rewarding for the students, who put forward many smart solutions.

major challenges of the next decade

  • Promoting green engineering to improve sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint in manufacturing
  • Identifying viable alternative energy sources
  • Rethinking how the city looks and works
  • Safeguarding our personal data and wealth from cyberattacks. 
  • Addressing climate change through engineering innovation.
  • Feeding our growing population through cutting-edge bio-engineering and agricultural innovations. 
  • Improving our health and well-being through life sciences, nanotechnology & bio-engineering. 

students to identify a significant problem or challenge in their lives for which they can design a solution.