ECE student runner-up in IET PATW competition

28 August 2014

Electrical and Computer Engineering student David Xu has placed runner-up in Asia-Pacific regionals of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around the World (PATW) competition which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around the World (PATW) competition is a global presentation competition for engineers and technicians between the ages of 18 and 26.

The competition begins at various local networks across the world. The winner and runner-up of each local network are sent to  national finals. The winner of each country's national finals goes on to compete in one of five regional finals, with regional winners heading to London to compete in the global final.

At each stage of the competition, every competitor must give a ten-minute presentation on an engineering and technology related subject. This is followed by a further session of five minutes for Q&A.

David Xu won this year’s Auckland local networks heat, and went on to win the New Zealand finals held in Wellington in April. His presentation was on Voltique Designer (VD), an Android-based circuit drawing application. David developed VD in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Auckland, under the supervision of Dr Oliver Sinnen and Dr Nasser Giacaman for his Part IV project.

In early August, David flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to represent New Zealand in the PATW Asia-Pacific regionals where he achieved runner-up status.

We congratulate David on this outstanding result, despite tough competition presented by delegates representing Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

A quick look at David's Voltique Designer can be seen in the following demonstration video.