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AUS freshmen fight for top honours at popular engineering competition
By a Staff Reporter April 21, 2017
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Sharjah: More than 150 first-year students from the College of Engineering (CEN) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) participated in an exciting competition held on Apr.19, to build a dome that can carry the maximum amount of paper, yet have the lightest weight.

Thirty-two teams fought for top honours in the seventeenth edition of the popular NGN Introduction to Engineering and Computing Competition, which is held with the purpose of helping freshman engineering students enhance their teamwork, engineering design, time management, problem solving and communication skills.

Dr Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of Engineering at AUS said, “This is one of the most popular events held on campus every semester. It provides our freshman engineering students with the chance to put theory into practice in a competitive environment that encourages teamwork and collaborative skills.”

“It’s always great to see the inventive and innovative abilities of young engineering students come to the fore through our NGN competition,” said Dr Fadi Ahmed Aloul, Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Engineering and organizer of the event, “The excitement of the students and their sense of accomplishment when they see their designs perform beyond their expectations is something we cherish,” he added.

The competition saw two teams tied for first place. Mariam Jamal Arshi, Tasneem Ayman Khader, Noura Hassan Almaazmi, Omar Hesham Abdualkareem, and Mohammed Ahsan Khan comprised the first team while Mariam Husain AlEissaee, Fatma Ahmad Jaffar Hassan Ahli, Mohammed Burhan Zaben, Mohammed Faiz, and Ehab Hatem Elboghdady made up the second winning team. Third place went to Fatma Abdulla Alhaddad, Sara Mohammed Almaazmi, Baha El Din Mahdi El Tahir Abo Mahdi, and Muhammad Sultan Bhatti.

In previous competitions, students had been required to design and construct a catapult, light motor cars, small-scale bridges, tower cranes, helicopters, boats and paper planes among other structures.

Students from all seven undergraduate degree programmes offered by CEN take part in the competition. The college offers Bachelor of Science degree programmes in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.

Senior university officials, faculty members as well as a large number of students attended the event.

Exhibition

Projects done by third and fifth year architecture students at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) are part of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals Exhibition 2017 currently on show at the AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD). The international exhibition showcases a selection of entries in the form of large individual two-dimensional panels especially designed for the display. The Royal Institute of British Architects awards the RIBA President’s Medals annually as a way to celebrate and promote excellence in the study of architecture, reward talent and encourage architectural debate worldwide.

“I am delighted that CAAD is hosting this exhibition in collaboration with RIBA’s Gulf chapter,” said Dr Varkki Palathucheril, Dean of CAAD, at the opening of the exhibition. “The exhibition shows some of the best student work from parts of the world where RIBA has a presence. We value our relationship with the Gulf chapter, which dates back to its formation, as it keeps us connected with the profession,” added Dr. Palathucheril.
 

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