Tracking device takes honours

Two Napier students gained honours in mechanical engineering from Canterbury University, after designing a new form of triathlon tracking technology.

Claire Bewley, who attended Napier Girls' High School and former Taradale High School pupil Michael Southon looked at existing devices and surveyed triathletes about what worked best for them.

Their research showed the product had to be comfortable to wear, light, waterproof and durable.

They manufactured prototype devices from scratch, then tested them with athletes. The result was a practical, fully functioning product which their corporate sponsor Tribot can reproduce.

"The Department of Mechanical Engineering academic and technical staff have enjoyed teaching the Napier students and wish them the best in their future careers as professional engineers," Head of Department, Professor Milo Kral said.

"This year's graduates have dealt with the unprecedented situation of multiple earthquakes and disruptions throughout their studies, and we appreciate their positive attitude and resilience."

The work saw Mr Southon awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to pursue a Masters degree in mechanical engineering.

There, he will develop the construction design and business case for small power plants to convert low temperature geothermal or industrial waste heat resources into carbon-free electric power. The pair will graduate in Christchurch on April 17.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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