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Finnigan, Caska and Yap winners in the University Innovation Challenge


23 February 2006

Three members of the Department were among the high achievers and bright young thinkers recognised by The University of Sydney Innovation Challenge.

The Spruson and Ferguson Intellectual Property Strategy Prize, worth $10000 in cash and $10000 in services donated by Spruson and Ferguson was awarded to Sykel, a business plan developed by Dr Tim Finnigan, senior lecturer, and Mr Andrew Caska, postgraduate student.

Sykel is a business plan for a series of innovative marine renewable energy technologies. The technologies being developed are bio-mimetic systems for the extraction of energy from ocean waves, tides and marine currents. These systems provide distinct advantages over the traditional engineering systems that have been proposed for ocean energy extraction in the past.

The ATP Innovations Bizstart Prize, with legal services donated by Mr Robert Wulff of Griffith Hack consists of a Bizstart mentoring and business development program, plus the legal services.

This prize was won by Bushfire Suppression Munition an R&D plan devised by Mr Derrick Yap (PhD student in Civil Engineering), Mr James Gounder (Aeronautical Engineering) and Mr Marc Hartmann (Caltex Australia).

Bushfire Suppression Munition is an R&D plan aimed at proving a new concept in bushfire suppression utilising novel biodegradable materials. The technology is designed to move aerial firefighting from an ancillary to a primary role in fighting Australian, and ultimately overseas bush and wildfires.

For more details visit The University of Sydney - Innovation Challenge 2005.

Tim Finnigan
Tim Finnigan

Andrew Caska
Andrew Caska

Derrick Yap
Derrick Yap