Ballajura: John Curtin Leadership Academy engineering student aims to improve lives through Epilepsy WA project

Ted Lee (20) of Ballajura. Photo: David Baylis
Ted Lee (20) of Ballajura. Photo: David Baylis

BALLAJURA engineering student Ted Lee (20) wants to help make a “positive impact” on the lives of people with epilepsy through Curtin University’s John Curtin Leadership Academy.

The 20-year-old, who is in his third year of his mechanical engineering and finance, is one of 30 students involved in the program.

The program is completed over a year, where students manage a community project with not-for-profit organisations and present their key findings and achievements to industry leaders at a graduation ceremony.

Since March, he and other students have been working with Epilepsy WA on a project called Amazing Lace.

Mr Lee said the project would be completed by November.

“First and foremost, the reason why I got involved with JCLA was to make an impact on these people’s lives and make them be heard,” he said.

“Our project is based around creating awareness and it is not necessarily direct interaction with other people but we are going through a design process called human-centred design.

“It is a gateway to introduce the community to the laces and make them realise they can just wear purple laces and it does not affect their day.

Mr Lee said the project also correlated with his goal to “redefine” engineering as something that made the world a better place through an organisation called Engineers Without Borders.

He hoped to get into the renewable energy field before doing humanitarian engineering in Cambodia or Malaysia in the future.

The Amazing Lace project team were organising a Purple Laces Day event in late October.