Event Snapshot

When: Tuesday 21 September 2021

05:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Venue: Brisbane Engineers Australia Office

Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. Queensland, 4000

Event Details

Are you a mechanical engineering enthusiast and problem solver? Well, this event is for you.

The inaugural Mechathon is an event that gathers mechanical students to work collaboratively during 3 rounds of industry lead challenges to determine the greatest mechanical engineering team of 2021. It is organised by the Mechanical College QLD Branch.

Mechathon aims to connect industry with students in a less formal setting as well as to challenge students to think about real-world engineering encounters posed by industry.

This event is only open for 3rd and 4th-year undergraduate students currently studying mechanical engineering.

Event structure and rules:

  • Students will be put into teams of 6 which will include one industry professional.
  • Students must be currently studying
  • Students from different universities will be teamed up.
  • The challenges will be provided on spot on the event day.
  • The participants are asked to bring their own laptops. However, one laptop per team should be enough.
  • The solving of the challenges will need basic knowledge of any field associated with Mechanical Engineering.
  • Points will be awarded (out of 10) on the following parameters (the exact scheme will be mentioned in the problem theme):
  • Originality
  • Relevance to the challenge
  • Scalability of the idea
  • All the content submitted by the team must be original

Prizes and bragging rights are up for grabs!

In-person - Queensland Hawken Auditorium

Time Description

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Arrival and networking
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Introduction and short industry presentation
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Industry challenge 1
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Industry challenge 2
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Industry challenge 3
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Networking and drinks while judges deliberate
8:30 pm – 8:45 pm Closing and selection of winning teams
8:45 pm – 9:30 pm Closing networking and drinks

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Facilitator / MC

Edward Greenaway, GradIEAust

Service Engineer, Boeing

Edward Greenaway

Edward is a graduate of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Physics, now enjoying the opportunity to work at Boeing Defence Australia. At Boeing, he works on the C-17A Globemaster, supporting the Royal Australian Air Force as they do everything from natural disaster relief efforts to rapidly deploying supplies, equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world. When not working, he enjoys playing fetch with his puppy, reading, and riding his motorcycle.


Danni Roberts, MIEAust CPEng NER

Mechanical Practice Lead, Aurecon

Danni Roberts

Danni is an Associate Mechanical Engineer, who is the Practice Lead for the Aurecon Queensland Mechanical team in the Built Environment.
Specialising in HVAC (heating, air conditioning and ventilation) services, Danni empowers her project teams to develop both their engineering design skills and design thinking approach.
By delivering human-centric design solutions, her reputation for cultivating impactful relationships has grown as she makes the complex simple.
She avoids jargon and makes the technical journey straightforward and simple allowing stakeholders to connect to the project and community.
She inspires those around her to become forward-thinking engineers who put the human experience at the forefront of their projects and design.

Ian Cattell, MIEAust CPEng NER

National Product Manager, RUD

Ian Cattell

Commencing his career in 1988 , Ian spent 11 years within the Caterpillar Dealer Network at Hastings Deering in Brisbane and advanced from apprentice (Cert 4 Diesel Fitter) to Graduate Mechanical Engineer and then as Contract Manager in the Mining Department completing contract packages for Cat key accounts. I established the Engineering Technology Department involving development of haul truck suspension and customised Cat system solutions. Following this Ian spent 6 years in London with Bridgestone Industrial Products and an additional 15 years with RUD Chains as a National Product Manager, his career has been focussed on developing system based solutions with both businesses and enhancing sales and customer focussed outcomes for assembled Engineered solutions including machine tracked undercarriages, noise and vibration systems using anti vibration dampers as part of key machine development for excavators, skid steer, rail , ag, construction, defence and mining equipment including track systems, hydraulic hose packages and more recently Conveyor and Drive system solutions.

Brian Smith, FIEAust, CPEng , NER

Director, Business, Maintenance and Engineering Manager, Optimised Maintenance Pty. Ltd.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith is an Engineering professional with a background in projects, Engineering and Asset Management spanning over 15 years. With a background in Engineering, Business and Law, Brian works principally in governance and compliance in asset management practices, particularly focused on the design, manufacture and operational use of assets. Brian is the principal mechanical engineering for Optimised Maintenance, an engineering consultancy which focuses on asset management, risk engineering and projects.