Students Showcase UAVs to Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed at UMEX 2016

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Aviation Engineering students were honoured to showcase their unmanned aerial vehicles and innovative projects to HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, when he visited the HCT stand at UMEX 2016, held from March 6-8 at ADNEC.

His Highness met with male and female students who eagerly showcased their experience in the design, building and maintenance of unmanned aircraft.

Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, emphasized the importance of HCT participation in international exhibitions, such as UMEX 2016, as they provide students with the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments and to meet with specialists representing major corporations in this sector.

In addition, UMEX 2016 is an opportunity for prospective employers to gain information about the variety and depth of HCT programmes, and to be introduced to HCT Engineering students.

Dr Al Shamsi said HCT aims to provide National graduates with the specializations needed by the UAE’s labour market, which is in keeping with the vision of the nation’s leaders.

He added that the HCT establishes strategic partnerships with major corporations in this vital sector to pave the way for its students to undertake future internships and employment.

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Engineer Abdul Rahman Al Jahoushi, Director of the HCT-Abu Dhabi Men’s College (ADMC), expressed his pride in Sheikh Hazza’s visit to the HCT booth. “The students’ projects and unmanned aerial vehicles were highly innovative and demonstrates that Aviation Engineering is a popular major that attracts both male and female students,” he said.

He added that the HCT has been doing its utmost to become the number one choice for employers in the UAE, and that the students’ participation in this key event has a positive impact on their future career paths.

At the HCT stand, Engineering students Abdul Hamid Mohammed Abbas and Abdulla Abdul Karim Al Zarouni displayed the first prototype of their new AC3000LS aircraft which has both civil and military uses.

The students explained their aircraft is an advanced unmanned aerial vehicle that has a wireless GPS and features built-in skids which makes it able to land on dirt, grass and roads.

The prototype smart plane’s uses extend to it being used to rescue people, conduct investigations and take high-resolution photos from remote distances, in all climates.

ADWC students Zainab Al Obaidli and Maitha Al Muhairi demonstrated the mechanism of the aircrafts, explaining with great detail the mechanical and electronic components of the airplanes, based on their projects implemented in HCT’s workshops.

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