ONCE again, Design-Centric Programme (DCP) students have proven to have what it takes to come up with workable but simple-to-use solutions for real world problems!
Three DCP teams submitted their ideas to the 14th Start-Up@Singapore 2013 competition and went all the way beyond the semi-finals stage. There were 467 teams that participated in this competition.
The first team (picture above) comprising Eric Chan, Tan Lee Chaw (both Mechanical Engineering), and Alfred Chua (Electrical & Computer Engineering), with their entry entitled "QikRehab" (a portable device aimed to help stroke patients regain the strength and use of their hands at home), garnered top prize (Product Showcase) of S$15,000.
A second team (picture on right) comprising Shambavi Krishnamurthi, Rahul Rajeev and Nguyen Vo (all from Computer Engineering), with their entry entitled "EZMon" (a smart watch to measure vital signs), made it to the final round (Product Showcase).
And team number three comprising Liew Nyen Khong, Liau Li Ming, Lin Congren, Lee Pin Qi (all from Mechanical Engineering) and Saikrishnan R (Electrical Engineering), with their entry "Morpheus" (a smart travel app) made a strong showing at the Semi-Finals.
A COLLABORATION between a team at the NUS Engineering Design & Innovation Centre (EDIC) and a surgical team at NUH has helped patients with severe facial injuries and deformities to regain their looks more successfully -- and in a much shorter time.
In this joint work between clinicians and engineers, the application of 3D technology, which includes scanning and printing, had enabled the design of models which help surgeons decide with precision where implants are required for the reconstruction of a patient's face. The technology could also provide good templates for creating the implants, ensuring perfect fit during surgery.
THE FSAE team and their car roared the NUS spirit and courage at Michigan, upping its previous 29th overall position to 19th. Said Professor Seah Kar Heng, the Faculty FSAE advisor. A big congratulations to the Team!
DCP and USP students' project paves the way for quieter and cleaner transportation
A PROJECT by the Engineering Design-Centric Programme (DCP) in collaboration with the University Scholars Programme (USP) has paved the way for a quieter and cleaner mode of transportation. They have come out with a novel method of converting motorcycles from petrol to electric propulsion.
3rd April 2013. Once again, first year Engineering students from the Design-Centric Programme send a weather balloon into the sky in turns, to send up and test the pay-loads designed and built by them over the recent semester.
The weather balloon, weighing slightly more than 2kg with the electronic system, is filled with helium up to about 2m in diameter. It is then hoisted into the air not more than 60m above ground level. Due to safety and health concerns, all activities needed to cease when dark clouds gathered or if lightning and rain were expected! The students, nevertheless, had a successful launch exercise.
A talent-filled evening with DCP students
27th March 2013. DCP engineering students have shown that they are not just brilliant at what they do in their work, but also possess hidden talents waiting to be discovered!
The audience at the "DCP Got Talent, Meh" event, organized by the DCP Student Committee, was awed by the exciting 'other side' of DCP Students! Skeptics among them, who were initially unsure, had indeed found the answer to the question: "DCP Got Talent, Meh?"
Five finalists were put on stage to pitch their talents to a panel of judges. In the weeks leading to this finals, those who signed up were put through rigorous auditions to select only the finest performers. These five were the ones who survived and among them, one emerged the winner and was crowned the first-ever, home-grown, DCP Idol!
22nd March 2013. The NUS Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team revealed their new 2013 competition car at a launch ceremony held at University Hall this evening. Named the "NUS R13" the car will be their latest entry to the annual FSAE inter varsity race in Michigan later in May this year. Compared to the 2012 car, the "Centennial VII", this latest racer will have carbon fibre in its chassis stressed skin, five different settings for traction control instead of one, and paddle shifters for gear change instead of buttons on the steering wheel.
EDIC Seminar Series: "The 3M Way - The Key to Innovation"
19th March 2013. "It is always better to ask for Forgiveness than Permission". "There are no failures, only lessons learnt". These were some of the messages attendees at Dr. Geoff Nicholson's talk heard, when he spoke on the topic of "Innovation". Known as "the Father of the Post-It Note Program", Dr. Nicholson shared with the audience how 3M encourages an innovative culture at the workplace. With a treasure trove filled with experience and luggage bag containing a sampling of 3M's many products, Dr. Nicholson shared how what was deemed a mistake had led to the birth of the Post-It note. He also shared how existing ideas and technology can be shared with others to encourage innovation.
DCP at the NUS Open Day 2013
16th March 2013. On a fun, exciting, activity-filled, and a very busy Sunday, DCP students and staff from EDIC and all engineering departments worked hand-in-hand to meet potential NUS engineering students at Open Day 2013, held for the first time at University Town's EduSports Centre.
Visitors who came by DCP's booth and display were shown the latest NUS EcoCar and a personal Hover Board prototype, both built entirely by engineering students with the DCP.
EDIC would like to thank all of you who have stopped by the DCP booth and displays, to hear what we do at DCP.
An impressive "One-Two" finish by DCP student teams at the National Climate Change Competition 2012 (NCCC 2012) Technology Project Challenge
19th February 2013. DCP students stood tall and proud today at the prize presentation ceremony for the NCCC 2012 Technology Project Challenge, held at the launch event for this year's NCCC Short Film Challenge at the Ministry of National Development Auditorium. (Pictured on the right are the DCP teams with their mentors, on stage with parents of one of the DCP students)
The NCCC, organized by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), has been held yearly since 2011 and consists of two competition categories: Short Film Challenge and Technology Project Challenge. The two DCP teams submitted their entries to NCCC 2012 for participation in the latter category.
The entries by the DCP teams were voted top two out of 47 entries submitted by teams from Singapore's tertiary education institutions. These entries contained proposals of technological solutions to reduce carbon emissions and to mitigate climate change.
DCP Team "Greenerds" (1st Prize), comprising Timothy Tay Xyian Xiet (4th Year Mechanical Engineering) and Set Zhi Wei (4th Year Electrical Engineering) (pictured on left and right respectively in the photo on right), submitted a proposal entitled "Energy Efficient Humidity Control System for Buildings in the Tropics", which describes a way to reduce energy consumption by industrial-scale air conditioning systems.
DCP Team "Utopia Sustainis" (2nd Prize), comprising Eric Christianto (3rd Year Environment Engineering), Md. Syeem Morshed Joy (3rd Year Electrical Engineering), Shruti Sanjay Tandon (3rd Year Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) (pictured seated from left to right in photo on the right) and Benjamin Yap (3rd Year Computer Engineering), submitted a proposal entitled "Creating a Rewarding Food Waste Recycling Experience in the Singapore Context", with the idea of creating an integrated system that encourages food stall owners to recycle food waste.,
The event was covered by Channel NewsAsia and Timothy's interview has been reported on ChannelNewsAsia.Com.
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DCP students shadowed by peers from the University Scholars Programme (USP)
On the morning of Saturday 16th February, USP Visiting Fellow, Dr. Debalina Dutta, and her group of very attentive USP students visited EDIC Studio 1 to observe how DCP students from different engineering departments, and facilitators, collaborate during a Design Thinking class - the photo on the right shows an USP student in the foreground quietly noting down her observations. This visit, part of their coursework, was to allow them to study how design teams interact during project work, how they use space and resources, and how these things affect how innovative they are in their day to day problem solving. Their goal is to understand more about what are the conditions that make teams innovative and ways in which they can develop metrics to measure those conditions.
In a way, the findings of the USP students will reveal how DCP students do the amazing things that they do!
DCP students pioneer NUS-SGH Engineering-in-Medicine module
Design-Centric Programme's first in Singapore Engineering-in-Medicine module, a collaboration with the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), sees 15 students from the different engineering disciplines interacting with patients to devise practical solutions as their projects.
DCP students in dialogue with Education Minister
Design-Centric Programme (DCP) students from the various engineering departments hosted a dialogue session with Education Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat on the 19th of November 2012. Topics discussed ranged from making the biggest impact, possessing the right attributes, getting the best out of teamwork, to overcoming the fear of failure.
The Design-Centric Curriculum is now known as the Design-Centric Programme, or DCP
3 years has passed since its launch in 2009, during which the DCC has seen much development and growth. As a new chapter unfolds, the integration of sub-programmes of the Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC) has led to a unified Design-Centric Programme (DCP).
With immediate effect, the Design-Centric Curriculum, or DCC, will now be known as the Design-Centric Programme, or DCP.