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James Dyson 2021 Award – Aussie winners and runners up

James Dyson 2021 Award

And the winners are? We reveal all the Aussie winners and runners up that will move onto the international James Dyson 2021 Award.

 The James Dyson 2021 Award attracts students from 27 markets to develop fresh approaches to a broader range of global issues. Sponsored by The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, the James Dyson Foundation, the James Dyson Award empowers aspiring engineers, encouraging them to apply their theoretical knowledge and discover new ways to improve lives through technology and design engineering.

The Australian winner of the James Dyson 2021 Award receives A$3,500. All three finalists will move to the international stage, where a panel of Dyson Engineers will select a Top 20. Sir James Dyson will handpick the International Winner who will receive AU$55,000 and AU$9,500 for their university. The Sustainability Winner receives AU$55,000. Global results announced 17th November 2021.


James Dyson 2021 Award Winner – Australia

RMIT University Aaron Nguyen – Luna ModularAFO   

The LUNA Modular AFO is a new approach to Ankle Foot Orthosis design, targeted at young and growing individuals with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. The unique design allows the device to adapt and conform to users growth through a toolless modular system.

I saw the James Dyson 2021 Award as a competition for the best up-and-coming designers and engineers showing their solutions and skills. I wanted to challenge myself by entering this year. I’m honoured to be recognised for my invention to help solve this important problem for children.

Aaron Nguyen

Runner Up 1

RMIT University Tim Lutton – Rinse and Repeat  

Wastewater recycling one appliance at a time. Rinse Repeat is for washing machines using a ‘plug and play’ solution to install it quickly without altering existing plumbing. It extracts greywater dirt via coagulation and flocculation, saving up to 7800L of water each year.

Runner Up 2

Monash University Mostafa Dehghani, Mostafa Dehghani, Clare Carew, and Mahdi Naseri – Stand-alone Sun flow system

SASS is a stand-alone water treatment system, requiring only sunlight to operate. It uses a sunlight activated catalyst containing zinc oxide and cellulose sublayer to break down persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from water resources. With a solar panel and storage battery, it can operate 24/7.

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