More than 250 university students from engineering programs across the UAE gathered recently at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Khalifa City Women’s College for the seventh annual IEEE Student Day.
The occasion was formally opened by Dr. Tayeb Kamali, HCT Vice Chancellor.
This day brings together engineering students to enjoy networking and friendly competition in designing and constructing specified projects, both hardware and software. In addition to five traditional Student Day competitions, an additional “Made in the UAE Competition” was held.
The annual contest allows students in various engineering fields to compete and share experiences in an informal professional context. It also fosters leadership and publicizes the nation’s successful student chapters of IEEE, the worldwide association for the advancement of technology.
This year’s teams came to the HCT’s Khalifa City Women’s College from Khalifa University; Ajman University of Science and Technology; American University of Sharjah; BITS Pilani—Dubai; the Higher Colleges of Technology (Abu Dhabi Men’s College and Sharjah Women’s College); UAE University; Petroleum Institute; Manipal University; University of Sharjah; American University of Dubai; and Al Ghurair University.
Students competed in five categories: common design, in which teams programmed robot goal-keepers; software designs for a secure mobile door-opening system; senior design, for graduation projects; engineering designs for a wind-powered water-lifting system; and community service, which included a wide range of entries.
Projects were defined and criteria set in advance so that students could prepare to present their work at the event. The “Made in the UAE” competition targeted professionals and graduate students in IT and applied engineering.
Dr. Kamali presented the winning teams with their cash prizes in the range of Dhs 500-2000, and gave each participating university a gift to commemorate the occasion.
Dr. Kamali said it was very pleasing for the Higher Colleges to host engineering students from various universities in the region. “The IEEE Student Day aims to encourage creative students from different universities to develop innovative ideas and design creative projects, which focus on sustainability and which can be applied globally. It is exciting to see the creative designs and all the students are to be congratulated for striving for excellence in their projects,”
Dr. Kamali added, “The Higher Colleges of Technology’s commitment is to provide the best educational opportunities and technical processes for students to acquire and develop new skills. This Student Day will help to educate students about the vital role engineering plays in everyday life. Participating students will gain experience through the application of engineering principles to solve problems, as well as learning leadership skills, presentation skills and teamwork.”
KCWC’s Director, Dr. Jace Hargis congratulated the competitors and their advisors, saying, “Our hope is that participating in this competition every year will boost the students’ motivation to continue performing at a high level as practicing engineering professionals.”
Abu Dhabi/Khalifa City Women’s College’s Dr. Salem Salem, chair of the 2012 event organizing committee, noted, “These students have prepared well and brought some really outstanding work to this year’s Student Day.”