First "Make it So" Concept Announced









First "Make it So" Concept Announced During National Engineering Week 2010



More than 100,000 members of the Australian public were engaged in the first phase of the Engineers Australia ‘Make it so’ campaign, submitting almost 7,000 ideas since it first launched in February this year. The idea that will be turned into reality is:

‘Make it so developing communities can reuse their agricultural waste to create energy for cooking and heating.’


The selected ‘Make it so’ idea was contributed by Abdul Al-Dasooqi, an undergraduate student at the University of Adelaide. Abdul was inspired to submit the idea after studying energy proficiencies in bio-gas in first year of university. Abdul is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and is only 19 years of age, showcasing the young talent and ingenuity that will undoubtedly be seen in the profession in years to come.

Peter Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia says, “Communities, both globally and in Australia, are facing significant sustainability challenges. The engineering profession, with its know-how and creativity, has the right people to assist in tackling some of these difficult issues. We plan to engage our 90,000+ members to assist in making the worthwhile selected idea so.”

The purpose of the ‘Make it so’ campaign is to raise awareness of the contribution the engineering team makes to the community by engaging both the engineering profession and the Australian public in an ‘ideas’ generation discussion. “The 7,000 ideas submitted show a clear indication that the Australian public are concerned about the big issues challenging all of us – issues such as renewable, accessible energy, climate change and water. Importantly, it would seem that the Australian public sees the engineering profession as playing a pivotal role in addressing these challenges.”

Engineers Australia will partner with Engineers Without Borders to bring this project to fruition. Engineers Without Borders is an organisation dedicated to assisting developing countries gain the knowledge, resources and appropriate technologies needed to improve livelihoods.

Keep visiting www.makeitso.org.au for updates on the project.