Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What do Seniors do for their FYP?

For the third year students from the School of Engineering (SEG), the time to shine has come. SEG’s annual Open Project Exhibition was held on the 27th May 2015, at Block S Level 1, and our seniors were given the chance to proudly show off 12 weeks of their hard work on their final year projects, not only to their juniors, but to the public as well.

Mr Albert Sng, the lecturer-in-charge of the event, was more than happy to share some details with us.

This event occurs twice every semester for third years. All projects displayed during the exhibition are selected by course supervisors of each SEG course, and selected students are to present their projects to at least 6 of the 18 judges at the exhibition. Each presentation had to include a brief description of the project, inclusive of a 2-minute Q&A. The judges would then decide which projects deserve to be in the top three. There is also a way for visitors and the students themselves to take part -they can vote for the projects they liked the best. And in this round, there was quite a selection to choose from.

Here come the visitors!

There were many interesting projects at the exhibition. Here are some eye-catching ones
The Dual Elevator System by Electrical Engineering with Eco-Design student Timothy Toh is a software-based project that could serve as a practice kit for his juniors. Using a set of controls and commands that mimic those of a real life elevator system, the project will help give Timothy’s juniors a simulation of how such a system functions electronically.

Mr Albert Sng (left) and Timothy Toh (right) with Timothy’s Dual Elevator System project

This fun and engaging Platform Game (below in picture) is created by Multimedia & Infocomm Technology (MIT) student, Qairul Afzan. It was created with software like Construct 2, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and has many different levels, each with unique designs and gameplay. Try getting that high score!

Qairul Afzan with his platform game project

The Easy Access Wheelchair (below in picture) by Mechatronics Engineering student, Eric Tay, is specially constructed to help users move from the wheelchair to a regular chair or bed more easily with armrests that can be extended to provide extra support and wheels that automatically move backwards to allow users to maneuver to a more comfortable position.

Everyone’s attention on Mr Albert Sng and one of the judges as they announce the results. 

Pretty cool, aren’t they? But these aren’t even the best of the best yet! So who won a place in the top three?  And whose project was voted top by visitors? The winners are:

Electronics, Computer and Communication (ECC) student partners, RA Vikram and Khoo Jun Bang, who took the third place with their “Development of a Greenhouse Management System” project.

The two came up with an impressive project to make greenhouses everywhere more efficient and easy to manage. They created a system primarily made up of monitors and control switches connected to four main sensors; each sensor assigned its own unique function.

The sensors detect and measure changes in soil moisture, humidity, temperature and sunlight intensity. If any of the recorded measurements are too high or too low, the system would automatically react and activate the respective actions needed, an example being the activation of the system sprinklers when sensors detect a lack of water in the soil.

This Greenhouse Management System offers a great advantage over most manual systems of modern greenhouses today, as the automatic features work fast and effectively to ensure plants will always have a safe and ideal environment.

“I don’t think we expected to win a place, but we are happy we were able to accomplish this,” said Vikram.

“It’s quite an achievement for us, so we’re quite proud of what we’ve done,” Jun Bang added.

RA Vikram (left), and Khoo Jun Bang (right) with their Greenhouse Management System project

Next, in second place, is Nanotechnology and Material Sciences student, Chua De Jun. He has developed an Antibacterial Coating using silver nanoparticles which easily slips into shoe soles, preventing the bacterial growth and thus decreasing the chances of foot infections.

De Jun’s project is made to be inexpensive and safe to touch while being fast and effective. He explained that he came up with the idea when he noticed that a lot of people, especially diabetes patients, seem to be suffering from foot infections due to the growth of harmful bacteria within their covered shoes. He hopes his project will be able to help people protect their feet from these diseases, and he also hopes to see his project being used for hospital beds as well, after more development.

De Jun shared with us about how he felt while developing his project.

“I found the process of doing the project quite interesting and entertaining, because I got to learn a lot of different techniques of synthesis during my 12 weeks. It also helped me to visualise my work in the future, as I would like to get into R&D for my career.”

Chua De Jun with his second place Antibacterial Coating project

Multimedia & Infocomm Technology (MIT) student, Eileen Phoon, had the honour of winning the top spot with her adorable Android software-based application, “Learning with Daylan and Joey”, an interactive learning app for children with special needs. She would like to see it put  to use in children’s hospitals, such as KK Hospital.

Eileen, who is currently working at Lilliputt Indoor Minigolf, often deals with a lot of children and teaches them how to enjoy the mini sport. She explains that she sometimes runs into kids who require special attention when learning the rules and regulations.

“I really love children a lot, so I wanted to create something to help them learn better, especially those with learning disabilities,” she explained.

Eileen’s application has the pleasing design of a children’s picture book, with two characters, “Daylan” and “Joey”, both characters are voiced by her younger cousins. The application makes use of bright colours and sounds to help children associate words and pictures better through their sense of sight and hearing. She has also taken the precaution of eliminating the vibrate function as she knows special needs children often end up badly startled and stressed from the vibration. Eileen definitely worked hard and knew what she was doing.

When asked about the development and process of creating her project, Eileen revealed something impressive about her win. She initially wanted to do a completely different project, but she changed her mind. She only got approval for “Learning with Daylan and Joey” at Week 6, which gave her only 6 weeks to complete her project! Despite facing issues, such as the lack of proper audio recording equipment, she pulled through with what she had, and her effort paid off!

“I really didn’t expect to win first place. Honestly I thought the booth next to me would have won! But I’m still elated about it of course,” Eileen chirped.

Elieen Phoon and her winning “Learning with Daylan & Joey” project

So who did the visitors chose as their winner?

Analytical Aerospace Technology (AAT) student Alex Yee proved to possess the most popular project amongst visitors and fellow students, wowing the crowd with his Aircraft Airframe Structure project.

Alex’s project is quite unique. His project is actually a continuation of his own seniors’ work. In his course, each batch of third year students will develop a part of an aircraft, and the next batch will create the next part the following year. For Alex, he got to work on the CH750 STOL flap, a part designed to create air resistance on the wing of the craft.

Alex had to use real parts for his project, and was required to go through many steps before he was actually able to work on it. This included taking photos for comparison and reference to the IPC (Illustrated Part Catalog), inspections, reading the drawing (blueprints) for the flap and planning the assembly. After receiving approval for his plan, he would then go through two stages of assembly - drilling and fixing of individual parts, which included enlarging holes for rivets, and the dismantling and reassembling the entire flap to complete the project.

He felt that the project gave him a lot of experience in terms of technique, design, and planning, and made him feel more secure about his future.

Alex was shocked to learn he won the top vote, as he was sure most people would not find his project interesting or fun compared with many others at the exhibition. Fortunately they proved him wrong.

Alex Yee holding the CH750 STOL flap

With the event drawing to a close, we asked a few visitors  how they felt about the exhibition.
Like many other SEG students, Adnan Bin Samsudin, a second year student in SEG Telematics course, found out about the exhibition through email and was curious enough to pay it a visit.

“I haven’t seen what final year projects are like and I wanted to learn more about them. I’d say the projects were definitely above average,” he said. “It gave me a rough idea of how I should approach my future projects.”

Another person we interviewed was Mr Roger, a retiree from America living in Singapore, who had heard of the exhibition from a lecturer in SEG the week before. He enjoyed seeing such exhibitions in local schools, and thus paid NYP a visit.

“I think it’s educational, and it’s good to see students coming up with their own ideas in such a way. Some of it is a little beyond my understanding, but this was definitely more sophisticated than some of the science fairs I’ve seen,” he commented.

The event finally ended at 5:00pm. Many of the visitors, especially SEG juniors, were able to learn  what the School of Engineering had to offer.

Did you manage to attend this event? If not, keep a lookout for the next one!

Written by Chin Xi Celine, School of Engineering, Diploma in Multimedia & Infocomm Technology

Celine is a second-year student in the School of Engineering. She has many different interests, ranging from reading and art to traveling the world and observing wildlife. She has a passion for studying Japanese culture, as well as writing.  She is also an active member of the Sakuran Japanese Culture Club, and hopes to share her experiences with her writing, and get to know new people along the way.

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