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The Maurice Lubbock Poster Competition provides an amazing platform for students to showcase their innovations to representatives from industry and Government, alumni, academics and fellow students who attend the Lubbock Lecture.

The competition is supported by the Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Management (EEM) pathway in the third and fourth years of the students’ degree in Oxford. This option is taught in coordination with the Saïd Business School and provides dedicated courses to those students who are competitively selected for this pathway. The topic is introduced through a business lab that is run in the second year. This year the university introduced the Engineers in Business prize.

The competition is judged by a panel of recent Engineering Science graduates who assess the entries for inventiveness, clarity of presentation and overall quality.

Third Year Project Winner: The Prosthetic Limb - Oliver Brown, Zheyuan Chen, Henry Mingay and James Sweeney,

The team won for its rethinking of the performance metrics of their invention, finding a new market that was well explored for their particular design once they realised that it was not competitive compared to high-performance prosthetics. An excellent example of frugal innovation and the more interesting since the path there was not direct.
Third Year Project Winner: The SEM Microindentation Testing Rig -Jared Maritz, Johan Sjöberg, Zhihui Wan and Samuel White

The team won for its deep analysis of the market and industry conditions in a complex industry. The post-entry discussions of org design were tricky, but otherwise, it was a compelling piece of work that explained the industry very well. The team was in excellent command of its material and, in the presentation, managed questions very well.
Fourth Year Project Winner: Bayesian Optimisation for Automated Machine Learning - Jian Lim

The team won based on the scalability of the work. The presenters explained very clearly the benefits of the work and elegantly showed the range of applications it could impact with potential future benefit for businesses.

Positive Feedback

This is the first year we are running the prize, but it really has helped to put a further focus on the benefit of combining engineering and business, as students have started to more actively explore this topic as the result of the prize. It also strengthens the Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Management pathway by giving it more exposure. These aspects are extremely important and they will gain momentum as the EIBC prize becomes more integrated into the pathway next year.

Jeroen Bergmann
Associate Professor in Engineering Science