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Let the Creative Juice Flow - APU Students Showcased their Innovation at 3-Minute Research Competition

We are pleased to share that a 3-minute Avant-Garde research competition took place for the first time at APU recently.  Modelled upon the ‘3 Minute Thesis’ competition format which traditionally involves research students pitching their research to a panel of experts, the competition brief required students to formulate and present innovative, yet viable ideas to a panel of judges strictly within three minutes and using no more than a single slide. A total of 22 students competed at the final round, in which they pitched their ideas to the panel of judges comprising Dr. Lai Nai Shyan, Aida Zamnah Binti Zainal Abidin and Geetha A. Rubasundram who were from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET) and Faculty of Business & Management (FBM) respectively.

The competition attracted students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and this was reflected in the novel and interesting ideas presented.  That said, three in particular stood out in terms of freshness, technical viability and market appeal.  Third place was awarded to Sofea Wong, whose idea, The Wonderlust App, made effecgive use of augmented reality to address problems encountered by travellers.  The judges awarded the runner up spot to Jaedon Tan Yung for his presentation of WOKO, an all in one educational Event Management app.  The outstanding idea and overall presentation, however belonged to Arvin Rahman, who wowed the judges with his social running app, Run Along. 

 

Overall the competition afforded students the opportunity to not only exercise their creative juices but also gain valuable feedback as to how to pitch an idea effectively within strict parameters.  Much appreciation is given to all those who attended, especially the judges, as well as to the organizing committee, led by Vinothini Kasinathan for organising the competition.   

Our Student Made a Name for APU in Brazil

Our Mechatronic Engineering student, Hoy Chun Wai recently represented Malaysia in the Young Person World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) which took place in Araxa, Brazil. Prior to his entry into the global arena, Chun Wai was pronounced the winner of the National Materials Lecture Competition that took place at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in June this year.
 
YPWLC has been organized annually by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) UK since 2005. Sponsored by IOM3 and the support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subjects. The judges were from IOM3 and the main sponsor, CBMM.
 
At the competition, Chun Wai competed against other contestants from various countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, UK, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. Despite being the youngest contestant among all, Chun Wai received excellent feedback from the judges for his presentation on the title, “ Nanocellulose: Nature’s Answer to Energy Poverty”. Even though he didn’t win the first prize in Brazil, it was a great exposure for him. Based on his excellent performance, we are proud that he was on-par with other participants who were members of the industry. 
 

Congratulations to Chun Wai for this notable achievement! The credit goes to the coaching team from School of Engineering (SoE), that comprises Brian Lim, Jacqueline Lukose, Dr Lai Nai Shyan and Dr Lau Chee Yong. Since November 2015, the team has been planning and strategizing Chun Wai’s strength for the competition which included content development and mock lectures. 
 
Coming up next, APU will host the 2017 Malaysia IMM MLC Semifinals and Finals at our new campus. It will take place in February 2017 and May 2017 respectively, and will be chaired by Brian Lim Siong Chung from School of Engineering. As hosts for IMM 2017, we look forward to us continuing in the winning ways.

Exposure Towards Green Technology - APU Students Win Second Place at Greentech Youth Innovation Challenge (GTYIC) 2016

Here’s another good news to share!

Our students from the APU Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET) recently made their name at the first GreenTech Youth Innovation Challenge 2016, which was organised by GreenTech Malaysia, an organization under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), and Asia School of Business, in conjunction with the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2016.

Throughout the competition, our team of students, comprising Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Lee Jun On and Chan Kar Keng went through 5 stages of challenges, in which they were required to develop a prototype of a product that addresses the world’s environmental sustainability issues. Our students developed the “Intelligent Room System”, which made use of Arduino Nano, Motion & Light Sensors and Solid-state Relay to automate the switch of lights to save electricity.

Eventually, green technology is the future and we are glad that our students are exposed to it prior to their graduation. Congratulations to the team, who was mentored by Vickneswari Durairajah & Suresh Gobee, for this awesome achievement!

Harvesting Success - APU Team Bags Merit Award at Singaporean Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC)

Here comes another award in our bag!

We are delighted to share that our APU team of students from the School of Engineering (SoE) achieved outstanding results in the recently concluded Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC), that was held in Toa Payoh, Singapore in the last week of July.

The challenge was jointly organised by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and Science Centre Singapore with the support of the Ministry of Education, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore. It is an annual event held in conjunction with the National Engineers Day (NED); this year, the challenge saw participation from 24 teams around the world, including 3 teams from Malaysia.

 

APU team, comprising Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Naqibullah Mohammadullah & Wong Xi Jun, emerged as the only Malaysian team who won an award. They attained the 4th place and the Merit Award by proposing an innovative energy solution, titled “Kinetic Energy Harvester on Bicycle”. The team worked on the project under the guidance of their academic mentors, Ms. Vickneswari Durairajah and Mr. Suresh Gobee from the School of Engineering (SoE).

Just like how the Malaysian athletes make us proud at the Olympic Games, our APU students made us proud at the international arena as well! Congratulations and thumbs up to the team and their mentors for their effort!

Materials Lecture Champion - APU Student to Represent Malaysia at Material Lecture Competition Finals in Brazil

With great pride, we would like to share that our student, Hoy Chan Wai from School of Engineering (SoE), was crowned champion at the national finals of the Materials Lecture Competition that was held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) last week.

The competition saw participation from undergraduate and postgraduate students who came from Malaysian private and public universities. Since 2013, APU students have taken part in the Materials Lecture Competition and had qualified into the National Finals every year. This year, despite the strong competition from other contestants, Chun Wai’s outstanding presentation skills and technical content stood above the rest. Apart from being crowned as the champion of Malaysia’s Material Lecture Competition, Chun Wai was also nominated to represent Malaysia at the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) organised by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), which will take place in Brazil in October.
 

 


We are indeed very proud of Chun Wai’s achievement; good job and thumbs up to his mentors, Dr Lai Nai Shyan, Brian Lim Siong Chung, Jacqueline Lukose and Dr Lau Chee Yong, who had assisted and prepared Chun Wai in various areas, such as public speaking, material content and coordination with the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM).
 
In addition to the achievement, we are also glad to announce that APU had won the bid to host the 2017 Malaysia IMM MLC Semifinals and Finals at our new campus. It will take place in February 2017 and May 2017 respectively, and will be chaired by Brian Lim Siong Chung from School of Engineering.

Triple The Joy - APU Bags 3 Awards at the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2016!

We are delighted to announce that the two teams of students from School of Engineering (SoE) have achieved outstanding results in the recently concluded 27th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX), which was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  In the event, the teams have successfully attained Gold and Silver award.  In addition, the team led by Mr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei has won the special award of the Best Green Invention 2016 Award.  The award aims to recognize the supreme contribution in the field of renewable energy and environmental sustainability, and is awarded to a single invention from over 1,000 local and international participating teams.

The two teams who represented APU at ITEX 2016:

Team No.1 – Gold Award and Best Green Invention 2016 Award
Project Title: ‘Electricity Generation from the Resulting Winds of Passing Trains’
Academic Mentor: Alvin Yap Chee Wei, Pang Jia Yew, Prof Ir Dr Vinesh Thiruchelvam
Team Member: Bryan Ooi Joon Kit

Team No.2 – Silver Award
Project Title: ‘Design and Develop Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patient’
Academic Mentor: Vickneswari Durairajah, Suresh Gobee 
Team Members: Waleed Rauf, Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Naqibullah Mohammad Ullah 
                                                 

Our performance has improved on year to year basis at ITEX.  In 2015, two teams were sent to the competition, where Gold and Bronze medal were attained.  The achievement this year proves that our student’s work has improved in facing the challenge of the innovation industry.

It was indeed a great achievement and this has once again proven that our students possess qualities that are able to meet industry expectations and standards. Do join us in congratulating the students for their success and thumbs up to their mentors for the guidance!


Third Achievement in a Row

For the third time in a row, APU’s student is awarded the prestigious Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Award. Andrew Teh Boon Kheng received the award in conjunction with the 57th IEM Annual Dinner, which was held on Saturday, 16 April 2016. The Gold Medal from IEM is awarded to the best overall final year Engineering student in a local institution of higher learning.

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) was established in 1959 and its primary function is to promote and advance the science and profession of engineering in any or all of its disciplines and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to engineering. Membership of IEM is currently about 28,000, making it one of the largest professional organization in the country. 
 
Andrew is currently employed as an Sales & Application Engineer at KEYENCE Sdn Bhd. KEYENCE is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial automation and inspection equipment worldwide. Their products consist of code readers, laser markers, machine vision systems, measuring systems, microscopes, sensors, and static eliminators.
 
Having achieved this award 3 years running is a result from the strength of the engineering curriculum offered and the dedication of the academicians who have constantly delivered sound technical knowledge to all APU engineering students. We look forward to hear more success storied from our students and from the industry. Keep up the good work!

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with ERL Maintenance and Support Sdn Bhd

We are pleased to announce that APU had signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ERL Maintenance and Support Sdn. Bhd. (E-MAS).  E-MAS is a subsidiary of YTL Corporation, in which its main role is to provide engineering and maintenance support to the existing high-speed-train (HST) KLIA Ekspres.  The HST provides transportation to thousands of passengers every day, linking KL Sentral to KLIA and KLIA 2.

The MOA is the result of multiple meetings involving Head of School of Engineering, Dr. Thang Ka Fei, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology, Prof. Ir. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Director of Environmental Investments at YTL, Mr. Ralph Dixon, and CEO of E-MAS Mr. Thomas Baake.  In addition, simulation and feasibility studies are conducted as an ongoing process to determine the optimum mechanism to harvest wind energy at the field.    

 

Under the MOA, School of Engineering student, Bryan Ooi Joon Kit will complete the final year project (FYP) under the supervision of Mr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei, with the title of “Electricity Generation From Train Movement on KLIA Ekspres”. Phase I of the project has been completed and the student is currently undergoing Phase II of the project for testing and completion.  The MOA was signed on 22nd January 2016, by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ron Edwards representing the University and CEO Mr. Thomas Baake representing E-MAS. The ceremony was witnessed by the Head of School of Engineering, Dr. Thang Ka Fei.

Through this collaboration, our students contribute by applying the knowledge to develop sustainability solution to real world problems, while building industry network and preparing to enter the workforce.  The research is one-of-a-kind in the world and when completed, and it propels YTL – APU to the forefront of wind energy research on HST. 

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Signal Transmission (M) Sdn Bhd

We are pleased to announce that our university has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Signal Transmission (M) Sdn. Bhd.  Signal Transmission (M) specializes in delivering automation solution to the farming and fishing industries.  In the need of expansion, the company employs our internship students and provide funding to our students for final year projects (FYP).  Under the MOA, the student will complete the project under the supervision of Alvin Yap Chee Wei, with title “Design and Development of Intelligent Fertigation System with the Integration of Modulating Control Valve with PID Feedback Loop and SCADA Monitoring and Control.” 

The MOA was signed on 16th October 2015, by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Ron Edwards representing the University and CEO Mr. Tan Beng Kee representing Signal Transmission (M) Sdn. Bhd. The ceremony was witnessed by the Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET), Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam and Head of School, Dr. Thang Ka Fei.

The company is the 63rd industry partner addition to the existing board of members.  In these collaborations, the industry partners offer valuable advice to the University for Curriculum Development, while providing internship and FYP opportunities to our students.  Through the industry partnerships, our students benefit by applying their knowledge to solve real world problems, while building industry network and preparing to enter the workforce.

APU Shines at International Arena

It is with great pride we announce that APU students from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET) excelled in the International Energy Innovation Competition (EiC), which was organised by the Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES). 3 of our APU teams qualified as the finalists of the competition; and stood above the rest, as all three teams were placed the First Runner Up, 4th Place and Finalist respectively. 

Held in Suntec Exhibition Centre in parallel with the 2015 World Engineers Summit, the Energy Innovation Challenge attracted participation of teams from Singapore, China, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Despite having stiff competition from their fellow competitors, the APU teams impressed the judges with their innovative ideas and outstanding presentation. APU Team A, which comprised Cleopatra Musa and Syed Abdullah, integrated fitness with eco-friendly technology to produce the “Eco-Friendly Weight Lifting Machine”. Their innovative prototype outstood other teams; as they bagged the First Runner Up position and walked away with a cash prize of S$ 5,000 and a trophy! 

Whether in a team or individually, our students performed marvelously, as Jasmine Kaur, who fought alone with strong determination in Team C, walked away as the 4th Place winner, with her innovative solution – “Eco-Friendly Ceiling Fan as an Alternative Approach to Air-Conditioners”. On the other hand, Breena Theseira and Choon Yun Lim, who were from Team B, qualified into the grand finals with their project, “Infinite Loop”.

   

All 3 teams were mentored by Prof Dr Ir Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET). These achievements have proven that our students are able to perform astonishing results, both locally and internationally. It was a great platform for the students to showcase their talents at the international level; moreover, they had the honourable opportunity to receive the prizes from Singaporean Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat!