EDWARD features in the latest edition of the Mathworks newsletter. It showcases the design philosophy used by engineering students in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide.
University of Adelaide Undergraduates Design, Build, and Control an Electric Diwheel Using Model-Based Design
Honours student Gary Cai, supervised by Dr Zhao Feng Tian & Associate Professor Bassam Dally, has won first prize for his paper titled “Modelling and Optimisation of Air Distribution Systems in Commercial Aircraft Cabins using CFD Techniques” presented at the 2012 AIAA International Student Competition at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville (9 – 12 January 2012). There were 8 people presenting in Nashville, 7 from USA, with Gary the only international entry. Gary’s winning paper will published in the AIAA Conference Journal.
The School of Mechanical Engineering sent four representatives to attend TechFest 2012 at IIT Bombay, India. On display were honours projects such as EDWARD and the Micycle. It is estimated that between 10,000 and 20,000 people saw the School’s exhibit, with significant media coverage.
Honours students Gary Cai and Jason Ting, supervised by Dr Zhao Feng Tian & Associate Professor Bassam Dally, have won first prize for their paper titled “Modelling and Optimisation of Air Distribution Systems in Commercial Aircraft Cabins using CFD Techniques” presented at the 2011 AIAA Student Conference Region VII-AU.
The first prize winner receives $500 and gets to represent the Australasian region at the AIAA International Student Competition at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville (9 – 12 January 2012). The winner also has their manuscript published in the AIAA Conference Journal. There will be 8 people presenting in Nashville, 7 from USA, with Gary the only international entry.
After launching MechExpo 2011, alumnus Dr Andy Thomas was quoted in an article in AdelaideNow as saying “it blew his mind” when he saw the quality of work the students had produced that was on display at MechExpo. “The hands-on aspect really does pay a dividend … it’s how I learnt so many of my skills,” he said.
In an interview for Research Week, Dr Thomas said “I went to the Expo to see these student projects and they were phenomenal. It’s just mind blowing what these kids are doing.” To see the full interview, please click here.
Andy Thomas, NASA Astronaut and distinguished alumnus of the School of Mechanical Engineering delivered an address and the Expo was formally opened by the Honourable Tom Kenyon, Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills.
In excess of 65 innovative projects were showcased, with great enthusiasm from the large crowds attending over the day and a half. The event also provided our students with an opportunity to develop their presentation skills by articulating their ideas to potential employers.
Marianne Rieckmann was awarded the Australian Acoustical Society President’s Prize 2011 for her paper titled “Modelling the vibrational behaviour of composite archery arrows“. The prize is awarded to the best technical paper presented at the annual Australian Acoustical Society Conference.
Kerry Halupka was awarded Best Project at MechExpo 2011 for her project titled “Biologically inspired image processing and gaze control strategies for target pursuit”. She was also awarded best Mechatronics Project. More information can be found in the InDaily article.
One of the University of Adelaide’s most famous graduates, NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer Dr Andy Thomas, will help launch this year’s MechExpo, the School of Mechanical Engineering’s annual project exhibition for final-year students. For more information, please see the October edition of the Adelaidean.
An article in AdelaideNow 26/10/11 has Andy Thomas promoting MechExpo and space research.