Two groups of Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai mechanical engineering students earned grants to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving the planet.
The University Innovation Grants were awarded by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai.
RIT Dubai students comprise two of the 28 groups to receive AED 25,000-50,000 in support from the University Innovation Program’s second cycle of funding. The awardees are expected to produce innovative ideas that help improve lives according to Expo 2020’s sub-themes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability.
“Winning the expo live grant has enabled us to carry out a project we are passionate about,” said Safa Sadidden, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student from Syria. “Winning this grant puts us one step closer to being able to give back to the community.”
Both RIT Dubai groups focused on creating sustainable solutions:
Team SustainabLEE is creating a compact home intended to be easy on the environment and optimize everyday living. The house is modeled to produce its own electricity using renewable sources including hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy. It will also be controlled and monitored by an artificial intelligence module that will study behavioral patterns. The students said the funding will help them purchase equipment including a hydrogen fuel cell, hydrolyzer and other sustainable materials. The team includes fourth-year mechanical engineering students Ronald Noronha, of India; Yassin Ismail, of Egypt; Abhishek Ghoshal, of India; and Adnan Khan, of India.
Team Smart 3D is designing and building a self-sustained manufacturing system that would combine a recycling mechanism, a 3D printing module and a renewable energy power source. The intent is to use it in remote areas that have limited access to resources such as electricity and plastic filament. The group of mechanical engineering students includes Sanaz Mokhtari, a fourth-year student from Iran; Kristine Bauzon, a fifth-year student from the Philippines; Rana Abdelsattar, a fifth-year student from Egypt; and Safaa Sadidden, a fifth-year student from Syria.
The grants will not only enable the groups to take their ideas to the prototyping stage, but grantees may also get the opportunity to showcase their solutions during Expo 2020 Dubai. The expo aims to bring together more than 180 countries and millions of people to celebrate human ingenuity.
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