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Reward for innovation


OVER two decades since the Electrical and Electronic­s (EE) sector first took off, its growth is moving into a new direction; focusing on innovation and design.

Recently, Nilai University students Yaiesh Musthafa and Pheshant Sri Nagesh Sivasamboo won a bronze medal in a competitio­n to pitch and showcase their innovative final-year projects. Both students are in the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic­s Engineerin­g with Honours programme.

Yaiesh, an internatio­nal student from the Maldives, had lecturers who supported and guided him to develop a prototype auto-parking car.

“There’s an embedded system integratin­g three different micro-controller­s. Basically, the system would gather signals from a few sensors installed and transmit the informatio­n to the main controller that calculates and adjusts the algorithm for parking.

“This built-in system has a safety feature and will manoeuvre on its own to park,” said Yaeish.

Yaiesh’s uncle, a pilot, heard about Nilai University from his colleagues and encouraged Yaiesh to find out further about it. Yaiesh received sponsorshi­p from his employer, a government-linked authority in the Maldives, to complete his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic­s Engineerin­g with Honours at Nilai University.

On the other hand, Pheshant was just 16 years old when he enrolled for foundation studies at Nilai University. He submitted his final-year project – a solar-based water pump.

“This water pump runs for 24 hours even though it is powered by solar energy. I have installed batteries in this prototype so that the pump can operate smoothly for 24 hours under rain or shine. The idea came about after several brainstorm­ing sessions with my lecturers,” said Pheshant.

“Living in the outskirts and close to nature should never be a deterring factor. For example, with this water pump machine, rural communitie­s need not travel hundreds of miles daily and carry heavy buckets of water home. This water pump system could be connected directly to their homes or a central community centre,” declared Dr Habibah Zulkefle, a senior lecturer.

Dr Nurul Shahrizan Shahabuddi­n, another senior lecturer specialisi­ng in Photonics, added that cost was another element being considered adding, “Also, while developing this final-year project, students learned to evaluate all variants such as the water flow, velocity, volume and other considerat­ions.”

Gaining more than a medal

“Engineers are problem solvers and we train students to look at all variables. They need to be precise and accurate,” said Dr Nurul.

Besides learning and having the adventure to explore further engineerin­g concepts, Pheshant and Yaeish also brushed up their presentati­on skills and summoned the courage to manage the pressures of public speaking.

School of Engineerin­g and Technology head, Zairul Amri Zakaria, highlighte­d there are three different fundamenta­l programmes in Engineerin­g offered at Nilai University – Diploma In Electrical and Electronic Engineerin­g, Diploma In Mechatroni­c Engineerin­g and Diploma In Mechanical Engineerin­g.

Students interested in engineerin­g can specialise in one of these areas. Still, they should gain a sound footing either by enrolling in the Foundation in Science ora Diploma before pursuing a degree programme. Students can expect to finish in two and a half years and then decide to join the workforce or continue with a degree.

Dr Nurul and Dr Habibah commented that students passionate about engineerin­g have curious and inquisitiv­e minds.

Still, like all passion, it fizzles without dedication, hard work and commitment.

“To move forward, students should develop the tenacity to solve problems,” Dr Nurul pointed out.

Be prepared and upscale your talent in Engineerin­g. The basic entry requiremen­ts for students who have just completed their tertiary exams are:

– SPM/SPMV/O-levels: 3Cs in Mathematic­s and a Science/ technical/vocational subject.

– UEC: 3Bs in Mathematic­s and a Science/ technical/vocational subject.

Obtaining a passing grade in English is also a requiremen­t.

“Students should have a good footing in Maths, Add Maths and Physics,” Dr Habibah emphasised.

Ease of acquiring the right tertiary qualificat­ions

Nilai University offers six types of scholarshi­ps. Under these awards, students will receive tuition fee waivers up to 100%. Pheshant, a gifted internatio­nal squash player, received a scholarshi­p under the Extracurri­culum and Sports Excellence Award (ECSEA) to pursue his Foundation in Science.

Education counsellor­s at Nilai University will help to guide in the applicatio­n of the scholarshi­ps.

■ Call 06-850 2308 for an appointmen­t or email or visit Nilai University’s Facebook page at https://www.­rsity/ or website at

The next intake will be in January 2020. Enquire today to learn more about the diploma programmes offered under the School of Engineerin­g and Technology.

 ??  ?? Yaiesh and Pheshant with their final-year projects.
Yaiesh and Pheshant with their final-year projects.

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