Bath students come out top in Singapore design competition

Students from our Faculty of Engineering & Design have secured both first and second places in an international design competition held at the National University of Singapore.

The competition formed the finale of a two week programme of design focused activity organised by the National University of Singapore in collaboration with staff from Bath. The programme focused on a major global problem - designing for an ageing population to encourage independence and a high quality of life.

Arnaud Doko, one of our MEng in Aerospace Engineering students, led his design team to secure first place in the competition, while his classmate Tym Pakulski, studying an MEng in Mechanical Engineering gained second.

Arnaud said: “"During the first week the input from guest lecturers, observational trips and discussions with our peers allowed us to gain a fuller understanding of the issues facing a growing ageing population in an urban environment. In the second week this research allowed us to identify problems which could be tackled meaningfully through engineering design."

During the second week Arnaud and Tym had an opportunity to work closely with 65 other attendees who came from a wide variety of cultures and engineering disciplines. Through guest lectures and technical sessions with both National University of Singapore and Bath staff, they were able to develop an array of creative and innovative products designed to improve the lives of Singapore’s elderly.

Our students impressed with the exceptional quality and usefulness of their designs. From a low cost retro-fit for toilets in the home, to make it easier for older people to get up and down and keep their independence to a portable pill dispenser and manager that would remind people to take their pills, the ideas were well thought out and designed.

We have worked closely with the National University of Singapore since signing a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year. A number of innovative research programmes with global impact, and opportunities for students like this design programme, have been established through the partnership.

Building on the success of this relationship and other collaborations with the National University of Singapore, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation Professor Colin Grant and Deans of Faculties will be visiting Singapore at the end of September.

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of our Faculty of Engineering & Design, said: “Singapore is a strategically important region for engineering offering significant opportunities for partnerships with universities, research agencies and also industry.  This partnership is enhancing engineering research and teaching for both countries.”

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