"I just finished reading the report, fantastic work! The spread sheet data calculators will be very useful. We have already used the wind loading data on an exterior architecture job. The wind noise data was also fantastic. All in all, great work guys. Your presentation was commercially practical. You have produced results that can and are being used immediately in a practical and useful way to assist the growth of our company. Thanks for the hard work and best of luck for the future."
- Sponsor letter to the team 2008
"We have been very impressed with a strong student team that has delivered on schedule, communicated well and developed important research findings ... [these results] have convinced us to plan on continuing sponsorship."
- Dr. Richard Wien, Eastman-Kodak Rochester NY
"This was always going to be a difficult project but the team rose to the challenge and the support from the university was magnificent."
-Warren Pettigrew, Dynamic Controls Christchurch
"The programme has matured such that there is a confidence that working tools will be the result. The mini boat sampler highlights this as it was brought onto site for the first time and immediately put into service without rework or modification. Subsequent fine tuning has been very minor. This shows that the students are being made more aware of just how tough the industrial environment is and are specifying component accordingly. Hopefully this will lead them onto realise the importance of deflection and play is in mechanical devices, stresses may be easy to calculate but in my experience things move and lose alignment, or seize, long before they bend or break! The imposition of weight limits on the devices challenges the students and it is good to see them meet the targets. We will be proposing a couple of projects next year."
-Peter Tait, Senior Reliability Engineer, Methanex NZ