Competitors were required to present their final-year engineering thesis to an audience and panel of judges assembled in New Zealand, vying to compete in the United Kindgom for the world title.
Chanelle's thesis was entirely her own work completed at CQUniversity as an industry thesis* for Ergon Energy (her current employer).
Chanelle received second place (runner up), which places her #1 in Australia, #2 in the South Pacific and in the top 8 of the world.
"The judges said it was extremely close between the winner and I. It would have been nice to compete in the next stage, but I am still proud of myself regardless," she said. "I am particularly happy to have finished in the top 8 of the world."
* The thesis details alternative proposals to support network load growth in the rapidly expanding coastal residential suburb of Bucasia in Mackay, being representative of a number of communities experiencing similar growth rates in the State during the current levels of economic development.