En­gi­neer­ing a bright fu­ture

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

WE live in a world pow­ered by tech­nol­ogy, fu­elled by in­for­ma­tion and driven by knowl­edge.

Over the years, the con­cept of teach­ing has evolved from its tra­di­tional def­i­ni­tion to one that ex­poses stu­dents to real- life projects and sce­nar­ios to echo the change that is tak­ing place in the world to­day.

Em­ploy­ers to­day too look for grad­u­ates who are able to ap­ply their class­room knowl­edge seam­lessly in the work en­vi­ron­ment and that is achiev­able by us­ing real- world sce­nar­ios in uni­ver­si­ties.

As a pro­gres­sive univer­sity, Tay­lor’s recog­nises the need to em­power to­day’s stu­dents with the abil­ity to meet the needs of to­mor­row’s so­ci­ety.

The univer­sity’s ul­ti­mate quest for ex­cel­lence has pro­pelled its School of En­gi­neer­ing to adopt a holis­tic ap­proach in ed­u­cat­ing engi­neers who are poised to be­come lead­ers and in­no­va­tors in the en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try.

Guided by a strong re­search cul­ture within a cur­ricu­lum de­signed to ad­dress real- world chal­lenges, engi­neers are groomed with a “big pic­ture” view through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Con­ceive- De­signIm­ple­ment- Op­er­ate ( CDIO) ini­tia­tive.

CDIO is an in­no­va­tive frame­work from the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy ( MIT) in the US, which stresses on en­gi­neer­ing fun­da­men­tals set in the con­text of the whole prod­uct life cy­cle.

This frame­work is used for train­ing world­class engi­neers and has been in­cor­po­rated by many lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties such as Duke Univer­sity, Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Liver­pool, Univer­sity of Syd­ney and Univer­sity of Auck­land.

Con­ceive is the first step of com­ing up with the idea of a prod­uct or ser­vice. De­sign is the next step of how the in­tended sys­tem, prod­uct or ser­vice will look like.

The idea and de­sign are made, built and brought to life at the Im­ple­ment stage.

Lastly, Op­er­ate is when the prod­uct or ser­vice are used or func­tioned safely and ef­fi­ciently.

Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1996, Tay­lor’s School of En­gi­neer­ing has set the bench­mark for en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and serves as a role model for other in­sti­tu­tions within the re­gion.

It is the first en­gi­neer­ing school in South- East Asia to adopt the CDIO ini­tia­tive, en­abling Tay­lor’s to ap­ply this ap­proach to cre­ate engi­neers who are able to meet the real- world de­mand of their pro­fes­sion and be­comes in­no­va­tors in pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions for the bet­ter­ment of hu­mankind.

“By im­ple­ment­ing the CDIO stan­dards in our ap­proach to en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion, we have been able to bet­ter tai­lor our pro­grammes to meet the needs of the in­dus­try,” said As­soc Prof Ir Dr Satesh Na­ma­si­vayam, act­ing Dean of Tay­lor’s School of En­gi­neer­ing.

“This ap­proach has been adopted by more than 93 col­lab­o­rat­ing in­sti­tu­tions and uni­ver­si­ties over 25 coun­tries world­wide for more than a decade,” he added.

Tay­lor’s School of En­gi­neer­ing stu­dents are trained through this project- based cur­ricu­lum, en­cour­ag­ing them to ex­plore their pas­sion in their cho­sen ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion and work on ac­tual projects through­out their de­grees.

Through this ap­proach, they are chal­lenged to de­sign, make de­ci­sions, man­age re­sources, in­ves­ti­gate ac­tiv­i­ties and come up with re­al­is­tic so­lu­tions to prob­lems.

One suc­cess­ful ex­am­ple of the project- based learn­ing ap­proach, util­is­ing the CDIO frame­work, is Tay­lor’s Rac­ing Team ( TRT).

TRT started with a group of pas­sion­ate sec­ond year en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents in 2010, mak­ing a race car as their class project.

Within three months, they have de­signed and man­u­fac­tured a car for the For­mula Var­sity 2010 stu­dent race and won two out of three awards from the event.

Since its in­cep­tion, the team has built on its strengths and cre­ated two more com­bus­tion cars, which were used to com­pete in stu­dent race events such as EIMA Race, For­mula Var­sity and For­mula Youth.

TRT is the first Malaysian team to com­pete in the pres­ti­gious stu­dent rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion, the For­mula SAE in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, in De­cem­ber 2015.

They were also the youngest team com­pet­ing with older and more ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ing teams from uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.

Out of 35 par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, TRT gave a per­for­mance wor­thy of praise after suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the race with no break­downs and earned third place over­all for busi­ness pre­sen­ta­tion, 18th place over­all for en­gi­neer­ing de­sign and 15th place over­all for en­durance race.

What is even more im­pres­sive is the team’s over­all plac­ing at 323 out of 528 teams in the For­mula Stu­dent World Rank­ing for Com­bus­tion Car.

This po­si­tion tops other well- known uni­ver­si­ties from around the globe, in­clud­ing Cam­bridge Univer­sity, which is ranked at 383 among others.

Tay­lor’s Univer­sity School of En­gi­neer­ing cur­rently of­fers four- year de­gree pro­grammes in three dis­ci­plines, namely Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing ( Hon­ours) in Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing, Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing ( Hon­ours) in Elec­tri­cal & Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing and Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing ( Hon­ours) in Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the en­gi­neer­ing pro­grammes of­fered by Tay­lor’s Univer­sity School of En­gi­neer­ing, call 03- 5629 5000, e- mail ad­mis­sions@ tay­lors. edu. my or visit www. tay­lors. edu. my/ soe.

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