Ray Meyer Medal for Excellence in Student Design

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The Ray Meyer Medal is our top award for student members and showcases the great work done by undergraduates. We present this award annually to the student or group of students who have submitted the best final year project.

To be considered you need to be a student member of IPENZ, and you need to be nominated.

Nominations are now closed. The award will be presented at the Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards in Wellington on 7 April. We can meet reasonable travel costs if you require financial assistance to and from the awards ceremony within New Zealand.

Entry criteria

The award is open to all fields of engineering where we recognise your qualifications. The types of projects that can be entered include:

  • Design only projects.
  • Final year research projects where the object is to design, build and demonstrate a new or improved device.

Please email your nomination form and supporting materials to awards@ipenz.org.nz.

Judging criteria

    For your project to be considered for the award, it must demonstrate the following:
  • Performance against the learning outcomes set out in the academic requirements of the designated paper.
  • Clear specification of requirements and constraints.
  • Identification and preliminary evaluation of potential solutions.
  • Detailed technical analysis of one or more preferred options.
  • Detailed evaluation of a preferred solution against the requirements and constraints.
  • Consideration of social, environmental and economic impacts
  • Quality of presentation and communication of ideas.

Judges also look at innovation in design solutions and for evidence that design has been used as a creative activity. The criteria do not carry equal weight.

Award history

Professor Ray Meyer DistFIPENZ was President of IPENZ in 1982-1983. He was Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Auckland from 1971-1974 and 1978-1992. Throughout his career he was actively involved in research design and commercialisation. He has held and holds positions on the boards of a number of companies in which excellence in engineering is essential to business. He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1997 for his contribution to engineering and education.

The award is named in recognition of Professor Meyer's achievements and aims to encourage a new generation of innovative engineering designers.