A student team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) have made notable achievements in the 2019 Greater Bay Area Design Competition (2019粵港澳大學生工程訓練綜合能力競賽) held in Guangzhou on 26-27 October 2019. For the first time, the HK PolyU team won the 2nd Class and the Most Collaboration Awards in the competition.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China and organized by the Department of Education of Guangdong Province and the South China University of Technology, this year challenge was to design an unmanned robot for a pick-and-place race. A total of 35 teams from different universities in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province participated in this competition. They are The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Macau, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), South China University of Technology, Shenzhen University, etc.

The PolyU ME student team, comprised of final year undergraduate students, Parth MAHESHWARI, KWAN Kai Lok, and Maral SHAGATAY supervised by Ir Dr Curtis NG.  They developed a robot which can swiftly move around in the field, and pick and place different sizes of balls from 16 PVC pipes. The team was one of the robust teams that can complete the challenge within 50 seconds in the knockout round of the competition.

“Our students were very dedicated to the competition. They were self-initiative to work on the prototypes and well-prepared for the competition,” said Dr Curtis NG, the team advisor.