QuEST Global Ingenium 2013
Jamia Milia Islamia College, New Delhi jets ahead with Hybrid Human Power Electric Vehicle; SIT, Tumkur and IIT, New Delhi emerge runners-up
Curtains came down on the third edition of QuEST Ingenium, an annual intercollegiate engineering design contest with the Jamia Millia Islamia College, New Delhi bagging the coveted QuEST Ingenium 2013 crown. They carry home a cash prize of ₨ 100,000, a rolling trophy for their institution and an opportunity to visit the world’s most modern aircraft wing assembly facility located at the state-of-art Airbus plant in Broughton, North Wales. Their project Hybrid Human Power Electric Vehicle, an adaptation of the cycle rickshaw overcoming its shortfalls, has an electric motor running for over 100 Kms, hybrid drive for comfort and flexibility, innovative suspension, comfortable seating height, disc brakes on live rear-axle, and anthropometric data.
The project Intelligent Wheel Chair from Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Tumkur was adjudged as the second best and also voted the most popular project on Facebook with 1184 likes. The SIT team bagged a cash award of Rs 50,000. The third prize and a cash award of Rs 10,000 went to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi team for their project Affordable Indoor Navigation Based System for the Visually Impaired. The awards were presented by Dr Matthew Orchard, VP and Head of Engineering Wing, Airbus, Dr Ajay Prabhu, COO of QuEST Global, Samay Kohli, co-founder of GreyOrange Robotics and Raman Subramanian, Sr VP of SSG, TEG & Marketing, QuEST Global. The project Plastic to Petroleum by PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore was voted as the best project by QuEST employees. Dr Matthew Orchard and Dr Ajay Prabhu, also gave away participation certificates to the top 10 shortlisted teams.
The winners were adjudged by an independent panel of judges represented by industry/ academic veterans such as Prof. R. Natarajan (former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras), Mr. A.S. Mariasundaram (India Engineering Leader, GE Energy) and Mr. V.Ravi (Industry veteran).
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ajay Prabhu encouraged the students to pursue their passion. “Time can be your great friend. You have the time and age to pursue your passion. Don’t shy away due to fear of committing mistakes. Ask yourself what’s your passion and chase your dream”, said he. Underlining the fact that the engineering services market is expected to touch $40B by 2020 employing more than a crore of employees, he said that QuEST Ingenium was conceptualized to increase awareness on various streams of engineering and motivate students to pursue engineering as a career.
Guest Speaker of the day Samay Kohli inspired the students through an autobiographical narration of his work in humanoids and the birth of their venture GreyOrange Robotics. Saying that everything that’s touched today has to be broken tomorrow, he urged the students to follow their passion, go beyond today’s innovations and create new ones.
The day’s key note speaker Dr Matthew Orchard challenged the students to test limits of their engineering passion. “Where will your engineering career take you? Are you adding true value to the lives of others? Take your engineering passion to your careers and engineer your opportunities”, said he.
QuEST Global, as part of its University Relationship Programme, launched Ingeniumin 2011, to promote engineering excellence and grow interest in core engineering as an exciting and challenging career option. Earlier this year entries were invited from final year B.E/B.Tech engineering students of core engineering domains spanning Aerospace & Defence, Aeroengines, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Power Generation and Production Engineering from across India for the event’s third edition. A whopping 1413 registrations and more than 630 registrations signal the growing popularity of this event with the students.
“We are excited with the overwhelming response that Ingenium has generated in its 3rd edition of the event. The event has truly gathered momentum over the years and is seeing fruition in terms of the record number of entries that we have seen this year. This is intended to be a platform for budding innovators and inventors to showcase their creative talent under the purview of industry experts and professionals. With companies like Airbus partnering us in our efforts, the students have an added reason to celebrate and be motivated further”, said Dr Ajay Prabhu in his welcome address during the event.
The final leg of the event saw students from the 10 shortlisted teams visiting the QuEST campus on June 13, 2013 and getting to know more about the organization through presentations and facility tours. The final presentations to the jury
Click here to view the list of other projects and colleges that were shortlisted for the final leg of the QuEST Ingenium 2013.
Ingenium 2013 Winners
Winners of QuEST Ingenium 2013.
Team "Thor" from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
The First runner-up of QuEST Ingenium 2013.
Team "Flames" from Siddaganga Institute Of Technology, Tumkur.
The Second runner-up of QuEST Ingenium 2013.
Team "Roshni" from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.