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Engineering Club Outreach Program at The British International School of Sulaimaniya

Written by: Yasna Omed  The AUIS Engineering Club began the 2018 Spring semester with a community service initiative called ‘The Engineering Outreach Program.’ The program aimed to create partnerships with local schools by engaging and sharing the excitement of engineering through simple hands-on activities and competitions. This semester, the program was implemented over four consecutive Saturdays from January 20 to February 10 at The British International School of Sulaimaniya. Under the supervision of AUIS Lecturer and Engineering Department Deputy Chair Ms. Raguez Taha, twenty dedicated members from the Club facilitated six different activities and mentored students in grades four, five, and six. Each activity simulated various concepts in engineering, allowing and encouraging students to think critically and creatively. Each week the students were given a set of simple household items and asked to design and create a model that would be tested under a set of criteria. Each week the students would compete for certificates for first, second, and third place. "Being one of the mentors of the BIS outreach program redefined my idea of kindness once I got to interact and talk with fourth grade students." During Week 1, the mentors were assigned to different grades where they conducted ice breaker games to get to know their students, after which, they led the students in a puzzle challenge. In Week 2, students were challenged to design the tallest tower and a tower to withstand wind loads. At the end, the fourth and fifth graders placed their towers in front of a fan. The intensity of air produced by the fan was raised to test the stability of the towers under wind loads. The height of each tower was then measured as a tiebreaker. Winners among the sixth grade competitors were determined based on the amount of material used and the height of the towers. "I was so happy when I saw [the kids'] reactions to the activities; they loved the idea and they were so proud of themselves!" Students were challenged to design cars during Week 3, investigating the mechanical and energy transfer concepts. In the end, students competed in a race to determine the winners. During Week 4, students explored the concepts of gravity, air resistance and shock absorption in creating a structure that would protect its contents when dropped from heights greater than one meter. Winners were determined based on height and accuracy of the landing. "This program introduced me to the world of teaching, and it also taught me how to work with others and explain things to younger people." In the last week, parents were invited to observe the last activity and certificate of completion ceremony. Overall, 91 students participated throughout the four week program. Students expressed eagerness to continue these activities in the future. The school’s director said she was amazed by the Engineering Club mentors and their work with the students. The Engineering Club was delighted to finish the project successfully, and plans to continue with similar activities to encourage young leaders to discover and grow their talents. "[The outreach program] helped me gain self-confidence as a teacher through talking to people and children." Many thanks to the volunteer mentors who participated in this initiative: Ardin Shaho Hasan, Barin Abd Al Hameed Sharaf, Barzi Mohammed Ali, Dunya Hama Jazaa Amin, Jwtyar Jamal Nasralddin, Kali Yaseen Kareem, Lanya Ali Ahmed, Lelo Khaled, Mohammed Abubakir Hama, Niga Kamal Hama Rahim, Rayan Qasim Mohammed, Safw Kawa Abdulkareem, Sanya Rzgar Abdalqadir, Sivan Sirwan, Solin Salahalddin Salih, Sozi Hassan Taha, Yad Rzgar Mhammed, Yasna Omed Mohammed Ali, Zryan Ibrahim Ahmed, Halbast Abdulah

AUIS Professor Presents Joint Research at International Scientific Conference in Riga

Dr. Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi, faculty of Department of Engineering, recently represented American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) at the 58th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON). The conference was held on October 12-13, 2017, in Riga, Latvia. The paper, “Comparison Analysis of AC PM Transverse-Flux Machines of Different Designs in Terms of Power Density and Cost,” presented by Dr. Dobzhansky at the conference, was joint research work by AUIS in cooperation with the University of New Orleans (USA) and North-West University (South Africa). This is the first research work of the University presented in the field of electrical engineering internationally. The paper discusses different designs of transverse flux machines, and their applications in industry and power generation. Dr. Dobzhansky is currently continuing his research in this area by developing an urban-type, self-guided electromagnetic train. The research will be presented at the ITEC 2018 conference in California next year. An associate professor in the engineering department, Dr. Dobzhansky joined AUIS in Fall 2017. His academic and research interests include electric power generation, distribution and protection; electrical machinery; hybrid electric vehicles; wind and ocean wave energy conversion systems. He has worked for different industrial and academic organizations in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Ukraine. He completed his MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, USA.

Engineering at AUIS

A brief look at the engineering program at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. AUIS offers majors in construction, mechanical and energy engineering. A new major in civil engineering will be offered from Spring 2018. Around 46% of all undergraduate students at AUIS study engineering.  Suscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our latest videos.  What is the AUIS advantage? Find out here.  The application is now open for Fall 2017 undergraduate program. Click to apply now. 

مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer توفر منحة دراسية للطالبات المتفوقات

يسر الجامعة الامريكية في العراق, السليمانية ان تعلن عن منحة دراسية جديدة لطلاب البكلوريوس في الجامعة موفرة من قبل مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer. المنحة سوف تمنح لطالبتان متفوقتان تختصان في قسم الهندسة و تكنلوجيا المعلومات. قيمة المنحة هي 1500 دولار أمريكي سوف توهب لطالبة من كل قسم ابتداءا من القصل الدراسي الخريفي لعام 2016. مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer الغير ربحية تسعى الى اعانة الطالبات المختصات في مجال تقني والى تسليط الضوء على الطالبات المتفوقات اكاديميا وخاصة في مجالات العلوم, التكنلوجيا, الهندسة, او الرياضايت. قال السيد Roger Geyer مدير المؤسسة واستاذ مساعد في الجامعة الامريكية سابقا, "نحن نعتقد ان النساء الناجحات في هذا المجال سوف يكون لهن دور فعال في السياسة والمجتمع وحتما سوف يزداد عددهم في المناصب القيادية التي تسعى الى تطوير البلد والمجتمع." واضاف السيد روجر, "اتمنى ان تنمو هذه المنحة من ناحية قيمتها وعدد الطلاب المستفيدون منها, ونعمل حاليا من اجل ان تكون هذه المنحة مستمرة في المستقبل البعيد." طالبتي الجامعة الامريكية زينب حامد وسنور صالح المختصتان في علوم التنكلوجيا كانتا اول طالبتين تحصلان على هذه المنحة, اضافة الى ذلك ما يقارب 80% من طلاب الجامعة يحصلون على الدعم المادي من جهات اخرى. اقساط الجامعة التي تعتمد على التفوق الاكاديمي تسعى الى توفير الفرصة لمتفوقي العراق للانضمام الى واحدة من افضل جامعات البلد بغض النظر عن وضعهم المادي. المتقدمين للمنحة بامكانهم معرفة المزيد عن المتطلبات وعملية التقديم هنا. اخر يوم لقبول استمارات التقديم هو 11 من سبتمبر 2016. لمعرفة المزيد عن مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer اضغط هنا.

Celebrating the Global Day of the Engineer

On April 5 the AUIS Engineering Club celebrated the international Global Day of the Engineer, an event that brought professionals and students together to share and learn about the engineering experience. A discussion was held and led by a panel of women engineers in Sulaimani with fields ranging from mechanical and electrical to site engineering. Panelists included Dlnya Abdalla,  Hawbash Osman,  Ranoo Hiwa,  Kosar Rauf, and  Nawa Shorsh. The discussion was opened by AUIS lecturer Raguez Taha who explained the themes of the day, including challenges for aspiring engineers, the necessity of skill development, and the critical role of women engineers within organizations.  Starting now #AUIS EngineeringClub celebrates #GlobalEngineeringDay @AUIS_NEWS — Raguez Taha (@RaguezT) April 5, 2017 In reflecting on their work environment, the speakers emphasized on developing communication skills and encouraging students to learn more languages as work environment is more diverse and global now. Ms. Dlnya Abdalla, electrical engineer at Gasin cement company suggested having experienced mentors as part of building practical knowledge base. Dlnya Abdalla from Gasin Cement encourages the importance of time management & asking questions #GlobalDayoftheEngineer @AUIS_NEWS — Raguez Taha (@RaguezT) April 5, 2017 Ms. Kosar Rauf, electrical project engineer at Qaiwan Group, shared information about her ongoing research on energy sustainability using solar power and wind turbine to limit environmental damage, while Ms. Hawbash Osman from Kurd Oil Refinery discussed several aspects of work related to the mechanical engineering field. Kosar Rauf from @QaiwanGroup discusses alternative fuel options to deal with energy crisis in #Kurdistan #GlobalDayoftheEngineer @AUIS_NEWS — Raguez Taha (@RaguezT) April 5, 2017 Site engineer Ms. Ranoo Hiwa from Garden City project advocated that a key learning principle is to spend more time in the field than at the desk, “I prefer working on the site, rather than working on laptop,” she said. AUI alumna and Engineer lab manager, Nawa Shorsh, discussed the competition in the private sector for aspring engineers, emphasizing that companies are in search of multi-skilled individuals who have invested their time and energy in internships and part-time jobs while studying.  Submitted by AUIS student Fawwaz Salahuddin Mohammed 

Second Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

The Spaghetti Bridge Competition is one week away! Come support your teams on May 14 at 9:00 am at the AUIS Conference Hall. All guests are welcome and can register through the link below. Only registered guests can attend. Register to attend event here. The event has been organized by AUIS and the University of Sulaimani jointly, with support from View Pioneer, and is open to all the universities in the Kurdistan Region this year.  More than nine unversities have already registered to exhibit their bridges and compete on May 14.  More details about the schedule of events and online registration is available on the event's Facebook page.  Read more about the first annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition at AUIS last year.   

Engineering Club Rube Goldberg Competition

  Come and enjoy creative displays of Rube Goldberg models by AUIS students! The Engineering Club is hosting their second annual AUIS Rube Goldberg competition on November 24th after the success of last year's event. This time, the audience will also get a chance to pick their favourite model.  Read about the first AUIS Rube Goldberg competition here.   Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, engineer and inventor. He has become famous for his Rube Goldberg Invention comics which depict simple tasks being completed through a series of complicated steps connected in a chain reaction. Although he never created the machines in his comics, it has inspired other engineers to create their own.   The Rube Goldberg annual competition invites high school and college level teams from around the world to create their own Rube Goldberg machines to complete a simple task. The link explains more about the Rube Goldberg competition:

Mary E. Geyer Foundation Offers Scholarship for High Performing Female Students

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is pleased to announce a new scholarship for AUIS undergraduate students, offered by the Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. The  scholarship will be awarded to two high performing female students who are already majoring in Information Technology (IT) and Engineering at AUIS. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded in each department in Fall 2016. The Mary E. Geyer Foundation is a non-profit corporation designed to financially support young undergraduate women who choose a technical career path. The Foundation’s chief mission is to identify meritorious female undergraduates who major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields via their declared major.  “It is our belief that women who are successful in these fields will gain influence politically, socially and culturally, and ultimately increase their number in important leadership roles which shape the communities in which they live,” says Professor Roger W. Geyer, president of the Foundation, and former professor of computer systems and IT at AUIS. “I hope to grow these scholarships in both number and amount at AUIS. Plans are underway to make this funding self-sustaining into the foreseeable future.” AUIS students, Zainab Hamid (IT), Snur Hamid (IT) and Zanwer Hassan (Engineering) at AUIS, have previously been awarded scholarships from the Foundation. Overall eighty percent of enrolled undergraduates at AUIS receive some form of institutional or outside aid. The university's merit-based tuition scale aims to give Iraq’s best students access to the university’s top-ranked, American-style education, regardless of their family income. Applicants can find out more about the requirements and application process here. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is September 11, 2016. Learn more about the Mary E. Geyer Foundation here.

Engineering Research Symposium

The Engineering Department will be holding their Spring 2016 Engineering Research Symposium on May 25th next to the AUIS Conference Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing senior capstone projects that our Engineering majors have been working on, including Mechanical, Energy, and Construction Engineering projects.   Join us to see these incredible projects.

Students Win Top Positions at Engineering Competition

Four groups of students from AUIS mechanical and construction majors displayed their final capstone projects that ranged from sustainable construction designs to surveillance robots. The projects were supervised by Dr. Ashty Qazzaz, chair of the AUIS engineering department. The two groups in construction category won the first and second positions, while one group won the third prize in the mechanical/electrical category. The fourth group that participated in the mechanical/energy category also won the fifth prize in that category. “It was great to be able to see all these projects and the creativity and ability of engineering students from all over Kurdistan,” said Dr. Qazzaz, who was one of the judges at the event. Commenting on the success of his students at the competition, he said, “It was one of the most memorable moments of my academic life and I am very proud of the students. It was made possible by their hard work and support from all their instructors.” Such events are very useful for networking and forging links between universities and the local industry and business sector, he added. The winning projects included: Design of Sustainable Pavement Using Local Recycled Material Position: First Category: Civil/Construction Lare Arif, Lina Soran, Miran Nawzad This project aims at designing sustainable asphalt by reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). The goal is to construct a new asphalt pavement from old aged binder layer increasing both performance and strength, and by combining old useless asphalt with new material such as rubber. Using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) has emerged due to economical savings and the need for more protected environment. The main purpose of this project is to investigate the use of (RAP) in the pavement industry in Kurdistan Region. The project laboratory results shows that the asphalt mixed with RAP at 25% to 45% with 0.5% of rubber provided better performance compared to the new HMA mixture. The cost benefit analysis shows at least 44-50% savings in cost related expenses. Ways to Increase Concrete Strength with Maximum Profit Position: Second Category: Civil/Construction Kashma Saman, Alla Saeed, Khabat Abdullah, Kani Kamal This group tested the quality, strength and workability of concrete using different variables. The trials included using different ratio of water to concrete (W/C); using different types of aggregate of different locations to see the behavior of concrete under compressive load that is applied to it; and using different admixtures to observe the effect on the strength and the workability of the concrete. Besides these qualities, the project also considered the economic impact of each trial on concrete.   Spy and Surveillance Robot Position: Third Category: Electrical/Mechanical Brusk Awat, Ali Hasan, Diako Radha, Halbin Faeaq The group built a robot that helps soldiers in dangerous military missions and reduces the number of losses. The robot is designed provide the video of the area, detect any metal that the robot faces, measure the distance between the robot and the obstacle, and explode itself when the robot reaches the hand of the opponents. Energy Generation using Speed Breakers Position: Fifth Category: Mechanical/Energy Meer Abdul Rahim, Yad Swara, Snoor Omer, San Hawdang, Karo Jamal The number of vehicles on the roads are increasing very rapidly. Worldwide there are about 1 billion cars, and the number is expected to reach 2 billion within the next 20 years. The group tested the idea of harvesting potential energy from this daily movement  produced by the vehicles and converting to electrical energy via rotational motion of the speed bumps. This can be used to produce electricity for powering basic applications on the roads such as streetlights and traffic lights etc.


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