Following last year’s successful collaboration between Laser Wizard and Western Sydney University (WSU), the distinguished Laser Wizard Innovation Award is once again open to all SCEM students at WSU. Award co-founders Paul Bingham of Bingardi Design and Brett Kingham of Ideal Future, along with Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean SCEM for WSU, continue to build on their unique partnership by creating a two-year approach for the award process with individual entries welcomed for 2018 while multi-disciplinary team entries are sought for 2019.
The theme for this year’s award is ‘Smart Sustainable Health and Human Comfort in Western Sydney,” in line with a report by Greening Australia which highlights the Urban Island Heat Effect adversely affecting Sydney’s western suburbs. The Urban Heat Island Effect has the potential to adversely impact the city's public health, air quality and energy use. This disturbing development has prompted WSU to seek to improve the health and well-being of people residing in Western Sydney.
WSU has aligned itself with The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a result of the 2015 agreement of world leaders to work towards 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Global Goal 3 zeroes in on good health and well-being to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Recognising the need for talented students to apply their valuable skills in today’s competitive commercial environment, the Laser Wizard Innovation Award provides young people with the platform to turn their visionary ideas into practical reality while making a valuable contribution, ensuring the local community benefits from this exciting initiative.
The Laser Wizard Innovation Award challenges students to develop ground-breaking sustainable solutions in the fields of Engineering – incorporating Civil, Construction, Electrical, Mechanical and Robotics & Mechatronics – Industrial Design, Computing and Construction Management.
Brett Kingham, Executive Consultant at Laser Wizard, a family-owned laser cutting business based in St Marys, recognised the need for tech-savvy students to utilise their newly-learned skills in a real-world setting. ‘I believe it’s essential to engage the next generation in a process which encourages them to use their expertise to transform a local community while realising their global responsibility.’
Laser Wizard is at the forefront of providing innovative services in a highly competitive environment with a focus on performing precision CNC laser and waterjet cutting, advanced folding, welding, fabrication and assembly of bespoke products. Established in 1999, the company has experienced steady growth due to its commitment to superior quality and standard of excellence.
More information regarding the Laser Wizard Innovation Award can be found at laserwizard.com.au.