NTU students tackle safety and environmental issues with their technological innovations
A cleaning system that adjusts the amount of water to be flushed based on the cleanliness of the toilet. A modified luggage which makes checking-in heavy luggage a breeze. A carbon monoxide (CO) detector that winds down the windows and sends out SMS alerts when the CO reaches a dangerous level.
These are some of the 92 innovative projects developed by about 700 students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) for the annual NTU Engineering Innovation and Design Competition (EID).
Organised by MAE, EID aims to motivate students to design products that have social relevance and economic viability. This year, students are encouraged to focus their design related to safety, recycling, transportation and the environment.
“The competition serves as a good platform for NTU students to showcase their project management and team skills. It gives them the opportunity to come up with innovative ideas as well as the time to carry out iterations on their product. It is heartening to see so many groups identifying the environment and sustainability as areas where they can believe they contribute with innovative solutions,” says Associate Professor David Butler, EID Chairman:
The entries will be exhibited and judged on 14 May 2010 at the EID Open House held at NTU. Three winners will be selected for each of the following categories:
• Aerospace and Transportation
• Design and Innovation
• Energy and Environment
• Health and Assistive Technologies
• Safety and Security
The judging criteria include: potential market value, technological innovation, cost (development and material) and ‘X-factor’.
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