Dubai students developed ATV to compete in US race

Manipal University students to take part in motor competition

DUBAI 11 May 2017: Manipal University students are all set to present their all-terrain vehicle which is a unique blend of dynamics and design at a major international motor competition – The Annual Baja SAE to be held at Illinois, Chicago.

The innovative vehicle designed by a team of 18 mechanical engineering students was unveiled by Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman and Director General of Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai, at the student research colloquium held at the Manipal University, Dubai campus last week.

“As a part of our final year project, our team consisting of 18 members (Team Ingenium), have worked on different areas such as design, brakes, suspension and power transmission of the ATV. Our team has been working on the project from the last two months and two more weeks are needed to complete the ATV. This car was our main project and we are proud to represent the UAE in the global competition and will also be a part of an endurance race,” said team captain, Areeb Hameedi and design captain, Rohit Thomas.

The students have been supported by the faculty advisors Sampath Suranjan and Shivmurthy Bhavasana who have been instrumental in developing the energy efficient ATV, weighing 250kg.

Dr S. V. Kota Reddy, academic president of MU Dubai Campus, said: “Manipal Student Research Colloquium on Advances in Engineering & IT has provided a platform for both the students and faculty members to share their research findings.”

The second annual student research colloquium on ‘Advances in Engineering & IT’ was organized by the School of Engineering and IT of Manipal University, Dubai campus on May 3 and 4.

The colloquium witnessed participation from students across various disciplines and from universities across the region who showcased their research papers and projects. It provided a platform for students to incubate innovative ideas and prototypes; experience and share knowledge with fellow students, researchers and industrial leaders and showcase their research talents.

The displayed projects included solutions for special needs, and innovative applications using renewable energy and sustainable development.

The event provided opportunities for young researchers to interact with different industries and promote their ideas. Projects such as Wincar, 3D printer, baby robot and remote triggered lab showcased the work of these young minds and represented a broad spectrum of work in the areas of engineering and technology.

By Angel Chan