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By joining RehabENG, each student will get the chance to work on an impactful, hands-on assistive technology project with a tangible result, and join a community of like-minded students, academics, partners and industry professionals across the biomedical field.


About ChallENG Student Project

At RehabENG, we look for students who are:

  • Passionate about engineering design and assistive technology
  • Looking to enhance their degree with hands-on project based work
  • Work in collaborative teams

We welcome members from all faculties and disciplines as our projects require expertise across engineering, software, design and medicine.

  • Apply skills and knowledge from coursework in a practical and specialised project.
  • Co-design alongside partners with a disability.
  • Learn how to function and collaborate as part of a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Work in partnership with biomedical professionals and grow your network within the health and humanitarian fields.
  • Help grow the supportive RehabENG student community, taking part in events, projects and leadership roles.
Design and manufacture a low-cost surgical lamp with an uninterruptible power supply for use in developing nations.
Design and manufacture a low-cost surgical lamp with an uninterruptible power supply for use in developing nations.

In many countries, surgical lamps are not easily accessible or affordable, and power supply to hospitals can be patchy, with serious impacts to operating theatres.

To solve this problem, this project aims to design an uninterruptible power supply PCB circuit and mechanical components for a low-cost surgical lamp. Manufacturing and assembly will also be undertaken by the project team.

Work on a humanitarian project in the biomedical field, and learn skills such as circuit design, scalability and manufacturing!


Our partner Jack Calderan is a talented para-athletic rower living with Cerebral Palsy. The condition affects his right hand such that proper use of the right-hand oar in sculling, which makes use of two oars, is limited by his ability to:

 1. Maintain a grip on and

 2. Rotate the oar.

The aim of our project is to develop a solution to these challenges and allow Jack to fulfil his dream of sculling, opening up significantly more competitive opportunities.

The project focuses on mechanical principles to stabilise the wrist and rotate the oar. The final product requires significant considerations of stress and environment to ensure a suitable lifetime and optimised performance.

Mouth sticks are a common tool used by people with quadriplegia to perform small tasks such as typing, pushing buttons and operating smartphone/tablet devices mounted to their wheelchair tray.

This project aims to improve current assistive technology by addressing the lack of versatility with fixed length mouth sticks whilst working with a Biomedical Engineer at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Showcase and grow your problem-solving, mechanical design, CAD modelling, 3D-printing and prototyping abilities!

Children with congenital or acquired limb difference experience developmental and day-to-day difficulties, often relying on poorly fitting and outdated prosthetics.

In partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospital, this project aims to develop a 3D-printed hand prosthetic capable of gripping, that can be customised to fit each child using 3D modelling technology and be updated as they grow.

Work in a multidisciplinary team on an ambitious and impactful project!

Team Academic Advisor