2014 Student Design Competition, in Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC), University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a professional association promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME runs the Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC), which allows student and working engineers to network, host contests, and promotes ASME's benefits to professional. Conferences are held in ten different district, where Asia and Australia in District G which includes Malaysia.
A team from UniKL MIAT has been invited to participate in Student Design Contest held in Universiti Teknologi Petronas from 31 Mar to 3rd Apr 2014. Due to lack of solid design from other competitors and few participants from local universities, UniKL MIAT team has been chosen to represent Malaysia to participate in District G was held in University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan, on 8-10 May 2014.
The Student Design Competition showcases the extraordinary talents of engineering students while encouraging them to develop innovative ideas towards an improved quality of life for all. Each year, several teams of up to four students compete at Student Professional Development Conferences in districts worldwide. Winners then proceed to finals at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) which is set for Nov. 14-20 in Montreal, Canada. The prize also included some reimbursement for travel to the international competition in November.
Cash prizes and awards are presented to winners at both district and final competitions. As for Malaysia, UniKL-MIAT team has been awarded RM2000 as travel allowance by Universiti Technologi Malaysia(UTP).
The theme of this year's competition was "Lighter than Air UAV." The goal of the competition was to build a small unmanned air vehicle that could put out a fire. Students were asked to design a UAV to carry cargo through two gates, see below, drop a payload and return to the starting point. The judges used a hoop to limit the size of the vehicle and the vehicle was radio controlled. Points were awarded for vehicle weight and performance in negotiating obstacles and dropping the payload.
For the competition held in Lahore, UniKL MIAT is represented by team of 4 students, Kamal Afiq bin Kamal Bahrin, Muhammad Ariffudeen bin Jamaluddin, Syaza Raehah binti Mohamad Haris, Mohd Farid Asyraf bin Ayob Azali and facilitates by 2 lecturers, Zulhilmy bin Sahwee and Azman bin A Ghani.
Students designing final stage of the UAV facilitates by UniKL MIAT's lecturer
The UAV team arrived in Lahore on 9th May and the conference starts in the morning of 9th May, while the UAV competition starts on the next day, 10th May. Re-assembly of the UAV begins on the evening of the 9th May since all the components/parts were disassemble for transportation.
UniKL MIAT participating team with 2 UAVs in front of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
Our team registered as two different teams as we bring along 2 unit of UAVs. Both have been tested and fully functional when tested in UniKL MIAT. Both UniKL MIAT teams were scheduled as first and second team to start for the competition. There were total of 10 teams participating in the competition.
Comparison between all participating team indicates, that our team could win the competition since we are the only team that can carry the most weight(>5kg) as other teams could carry maximum of only 0.5kg. Due to technical errors, the winner of the competition was team from host university, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.
Nevertheless, our students participated in the competition has shown very high level of commitments and has given 110% of their effort in ensuring the team upholding the good name of UniKL and Malaysia. Local participants and organizer has high praise for Malaysian team as the UAV has been develop very professionally with very limited time available.
Overall, our team that participated in the competition has performed very well and there is no doubt that the team can succeed in bigger events with enough preparation and support from UniKL management team. The UAV team would like to express upmost gratitude to Dato' Prof Mazliham that believed in the capability of the UAV team and granted the permission for us to participate in the events and also to Mr. Bassit, Dean and Deputy dean of UniKL MIAT who has helped us in preparing the necessary arrangement for the event to materialized.