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From personal to industrial scale, CQUniversity's Engineering students showcase their projects

Published:05 June 2019

1: Jar opener proponents (left to right) Reece Newton, Ethan McInally, Jack Stevenson and Angus Campbell. 2: Rain-sensing window proponents Robert Gallehawk, Matthew Kavanagh and Jake Newport. 3: One of the 'best presentation' certificates being presented to Jordan Lau by Aurizon rep Roger Buckley. 4: Some of the Cairns campus participants.

From home-scale projects like rain-detecting windows, sleeping pods and jar openers for arthritic hands, to industry-scale projects relating to conveyor belts, draglines, culverts and heavy-haul trains, the latest CQUniversity GECon™ Student Presentations were as diverse as usual.

GECon™ showcases the talents of students from the 2019 graduating class of CQUniversity's Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Technology courses, through oral and poster presentations of final-year projects, incorporating the second-year Design and Project Management presentations.

Dozens of students gathered on 5 June at campus sites in Cairns, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton to deliver and witness the presentations.

Sponsors for GECon™ included Aurizon, Stanwell Power Station, Ergon Energy and Energex.

Robert Gallehawk, Matthew Kavanagh and Jake Newport were the brains behind the Automatic Rain-Sensing Sliding Window.

"A sensor pad on the outside of a sliding window uses magnetic strips to detect rain, allowing a small electrical motor to close the window before possessions inside the home can be damaged," says Mr Gallehawk.

Angus Campbell, Ethan McInally, Jack Stevenson and Reece Newton created a One-Handed Motorless Jar Opener suitable for people with a weak grip due to arthritis or other disability.

"There are solutions on the market with electrical motors but this works on purely mechanical inputs," says Mr Stevenson.

"It's got two rack-and-pinion mechanisms so it allows incremental inputs ... you don't need to exert all of the force in one go."