Mechanical Engineering


Two UCL Teams Win 2024 IMechE Design Challenge Greater London Regional Final

24 April 2024

UCL Mechanical Engineering student teams have won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Design Challenge Competition for the greater London region. 

Photo of the two UCL winning teams at IMechE Design Challenge 2024

The two-day event hosted by London Southbank University saw teams compete with student-designed “repeatable vehicles” that are required to autonomously navigate a distance, reverse at a wall and stop at the centre of one or more bullseye targets as accurately as possible. Along with prizes for best design, poster and presentation, the regional final culminated in a head-to-head competition where the teams’ devices had to compete over a range of distances with maximum accuracy.

The department entered four teams into the event and brought home eight prizes, plus the coveted overall winners’ trophies in both the Foundation and Advanced classes. A UCL team also won a newly introduced ANSYS prize for the best simulation of a device. The winning teams will now progress to the National final of the competition to be held at the IMechE in October.

“I’m so proud of all the UCL teams that competed in this year’s IMechE Design Challenge. London Southbank University were excellent hosts and the standard of the entries to the competition gets better every year. Our students triumphed in a very competitive field with some excellent design choices and by staying cool under pressure in the finals.” – Dr Tom Peach, Design Lecturer

Winning Foundation Class Team. Left to right: Leonardo Piglia, Kabir Shah, Rustam Toshov, Victor Brinzan, Ram Kurakula and Hovan Cheung (holding the cup).

Winning Advanced Class Team. Left to right: Christopher Shiao, Taro Kuroda, Daud Hassan, James Kwong and Belkacem Bella.

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