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Engineering Club Hosts First Spaghetti Bridge Competition

The Engineering Club hosted the first ever Spaghetti Bridge Competition at AUIS on the April 23, 2016. Eighteen teams from AUIS took part in the competition, where the bridges were evaluated against aesthetics, load bearing capacity and efficiency. The projects were also open for public viewing at the event.  The bridges were constructed only from spaghetti and glue. On the day of the competition, the teams were called on to present their spaghetti brigde on stage, two at a time. Each team was asked to attach loading buckets with sand and/or metal weights to their bridges, until they collapsed, to gauge how much weight they could bear.  View photos by clicking on the Flickr gallery below. In the first round, team Mathletics reached the highest bearing capacity of 32.24 kilograms. In the second round, team Panja Gawhare was leading among the five others teams with a bearing capacity of 54.59 kilograms. However, only achieving the highest bearing capacity wasn’t the only factor that determined the winner; seventy percent of the points were determined by the efficiency of the bridge which takes into account both the bearing capacity and the bridge mass. The judges included AUIS faculty members Dr. Ashty Qazzaz, Dr. Nihad Baban, and Mr. Philip Hittelpole; AUIS alumna Nawa Shorsh, and Mr. Arsalan Anuar, site manager at Malia Group.  In the end, the winners of the competition were Panja Gawhare, Mathletics, and Winner’s Team, who placed first, second, and third, respectively. Special thanks to all judges, volunteers, the executive committee of the Engineering Club, Ms. Raguez Taha, the faculty advisor, Mr. Peshawa Luqman, and the competitors for their participation. Additionally, a special thanks to White Media Production and Jaam Company for sponsoring the competition.  Contributed by Engineering Club members Mohammed Badeea and Zanwer Rasul. Photos by Communications volunteers Hawta Ali and Wud Salam. 

A Workshop on Robotics

  The workshop comprised of two guest talks on robotics and advancing scientific and robotics research in Iraq and the Kurdistan region. The first lecture by Dr. Eng. Sattar Sadkhan, the chairman of IEEE in Iraq, focused on the important role of IEEE in the region. He specifically addressed the engineering students at AUIS and encouraged them to form an AUIS chapter of the IEEE Young Professionals for Iraq and to focus on scientific research. Suhail Al-Awis, a doctoral candidate at University of Technology-Iraq, presented the next lecture about neural networks in Robotics. The guest lecture was attended by AUIS students and faculty as well as experts and students of robotics and technology from other universities in the KRG. The workshop concluded with a small celebration to mark the anniversary of IEEE. About IEEE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. Today it is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members in chapters around the world. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.

Robotics Workshop by IEEE

AUIS will host a workshop on Robotics with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Iraq Section and the IEEE Young Professionals for Iraq. The workshop will focus on the importance of robotics and the role of IEEE in the region through seminars and discussions.  The workshop is conducted in coordination with IEEE and Dr. Eng. Sattar Sadkhan, the chairman of IEEE in Iraq. It will include two seminars by Dr. Eng. Sattar Sadkhan who will speak about the importance of Robotics and the role of IEEE in the region and by Suhail Al-Awis, a doctoral candidate at University of Technology, who will speak about neural networks in Robotics. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together experts and students of robotics to share the latest developments in the field. The topics will cover advanced concepts and applications of robotics in general and the role of IEEE in supporting local activities in the field. The interaction will stimulate discussions as well as brainstorming for possible future collaborations and activities in the field of robotics. The workshop will conclude with a small celebration to mark the anniversary of IEEE.  Attendance is by invitation only for public. If you are interested in attending the workshop from outside AUIS, please send an email to for an invite. Please note that we have limited space and can only accomodate a certain number of guests.  The workshop is open to the AUIS community.   

Engineering Students Display Creativity with Rube Goldberg Projects

Students were asked to build machines with the purpose of erasing a whiteboard, in a chain of creative steps, applying concepts that they had learned in their Dynamics class. 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. View photo gallery of the event.  This is the first time a Rube Goldberg project has been done at AUIS. The project was supervised by Dynamics instructor, Raguez Taha. “The idea for the project came from trying to bring the concepts in ENGR 348 Dynamics  to life. I have found that in engineering, practical experience is the most beneficial way of learning, and that's where this project comes into play. Students have to apply the concepts of motion, energy, momentum and impulse to create a machine that can operate effectively,” she explained. As part of the submission requirement, students had to explain the dynamic concepts covered in their project. They had to apply concepts such as kinematics of a particle, energy conservation/transfer, impulse, impact and Newton's Second Law. Kashma Saman, one of the students displaying a project, said, “It is great to be able to apply what we learn in the class creatively. We created this project mostly with things lying around the house, and it only cost us about 6000 Iraqi dinars.” Another student, Meer Abdulrahim found the whole experience very enjoyable, “It was very nice. It was the first practical project that was not done in a controlled environment or inside the lab. We were allowed to be as creative as we wanted to be, and we built everything used in this project ourselves.” Taha was really impressed with the quality and creativity of her students’ projects. “I really enjoyed the experience. It was great seeing my students applying the concepts learned in class to something practical. The quality of work the students presented was quite impressive given the limited amount of time. I am very proud of my dynamics students, they are a motivated group which was apparent in their projects,” said Taha. “I would like to continue this in the future and possibly expand it to more practical exhibitions for my other classes.” You can see the demonstration of one the projects on display, Tick and Tock, in this short video clip below.  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:

Engineering Students Complete Internship at Korek

The internship program included workshops and training programs, which were focused on the production of prototypes for a computer-based control system for the Grand Millennium Hotel in Sulaimani. At the end of the program, the students gave presentations on their final project to KES managers, AUIS engineering faculty members, and representatives of local companies. The students noted that many of those that attended would like to remain engaged with the students and their project. “Some of the company representatives that offered to extend their assistance to improve our ideas and researches,” said Shiraz Jalal, one of the AUIS engineering students who participated in the internship program, “as well as offering to supervise our capstone engineering project in the future.” Also attending the presentations was Professor Haydar Abdul-Razaq, a member of the AUIS faculty. He pointed out that the internship program was very competitive and only the students with the highest GPA were selected. “For the students that were selected, “Abul-Razaq said, “it was a great honor to be selected to participate in this program.” AUIS Professor Norman Armendariz, also attended the presentation and said that the students were great representatives for the University. “KES employees were quite impressed with the interns for being very quick to pick up and learn new things,” Armendariz said. “KES is now considering building a long-term relationship with AUIS to provide a regular internship program for the University’s engineering students.”


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