Empowering Future Engineers to Unleash Their Full Potential

188 Projects Addressing the Grand Challenges Showcased by Taylor’s School of Engineering Students at the December Engineering Fair 2016

According to Henry Petroski, Professor and author, “science is about knowing; engineering is about doing”.

As the only engineering school in Malaysia that employs project-based learning and adopts the CDIOTM (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) framework in its curriculum, Taylor’s School of Engineering groom engineers to-be with a ‘big picture’ view to address real world challenges and empower them to unleash their full potential.

Taylor’s School of Engineering students are trained through this project-based curriculum that encourages them to explore their passion in their chosen areas of specialization and work on actual projects from the first until the final semesters of their degrees. Through this approach, they are groomed and challenged to design, make decisions, manage resources, investigate activities and allowed to fail in the process so they learn how to come up with realistic solutions to real problems.

Every semester, all students will have the opportunity to showcase their projects to the entire university community during the Taylor's Engineering Fair - an event held every semester to showcase the innovative inventions of all our engineering students which are awarded by industry partners and academic experts. During the recent December Engineering Fair 2016, 188 Engineering students projects from semester one to semester eight were showcased under six categories; Firefighting Robot Challenge, Best Ergonomics Project Award, Best Multidisciplinary Project Award, Best Design and Innovation Award, Taylor’s Capstone Award, and Taylor’s Research Prize.

For Lau Zheng Tung, group leader of the team named as the champion of the Taylor’s Capstone Award II, creating and completing a project that could make someone’s days better is one of the motivation and inspiration for him and his group members to come up with their project. The team created “IOT Smart Power Plug” which allows an electrical plug to have an internet connectivity feature and communication capability with projectors, allowing the smart electrical plug to be switched on or off by the owner from a distance via hand phone, computer or an iPad. For example, you could switch on your air-conditioner at home while you are in the train going home so your house will be cool when you enter your home on a hot day.

Wynton Lee, a semester 2 student, a member of the team who won the first runner-up for Best Ergonomics Project Award which featured “Automatic Aeroplane Painter”, enthusiastically shared, “The reason why I chose to study engineering in Taylor’s University is because of this opportunity to be innovative and passionate about projects. I’m excited about the prospect of getting my idea on papers and making it come to life with my hands.

Taylor’s Engineering Fair is held biannually in July and December as part of our project-based learning modules. It provides a platform for students to apply all that they have learnt to conceive, design, implement and operate an engineering project of their own.

This time, all 188 projects were evaluated by a panel of 64 judges from top employers in the engineering industry, such as Strand Aerospace and Daikin, and professors from University of Birmingham, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).