eXtensions - Saturday 25 February 2023
By Graham K. Rogers
A team of six students from the Biomedical and Electrical Engineering departments of Mahidol University's Faculty of Engineering have advanced to the next stage of the global "Invent for the Planet" contest and will present their Disasterisk Spot solution at Texas A&M University in April.
A combined team of engineering students from Mahidol University have advanced to the next stage of the global Invent for the Planet contest and will present their solution, which they have named, Disasterisk Spot, to an audience at Texas A&M University in April.
Six students from the Biomedical and Electrical Engineering departments of Mahidol University's Faculty of Engineering, developed a communications solution for disaster situations during an event in March at the Faculty of Engineering. It uses a series of slave units linked to a master to re-establish communications when infrastructure has been severely damaged. They will have the chance to demonstrate this to a worldwide audience in Texas.
On Friday evening, 24 February 2023, Invent for the Planet (IFTP), announced the results for the next stage of its annual global design competition hosted by Texas A&M University. Six teams representing five countries will come together in a final event to present their final pitches to industry judges. The university groups, their projects and the problem area are shown below:
The Disasterisk Spot Team will represent Thailand, Mahidol University and the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Phattanard Phattanasri the Mahidol University IFTP23 Facilitator said, "We are really pleased that the Mahidol Team is joining Invent for the planet 2023 at Texas A&M university. This event will make a positive impact on our world"
Over a single weekend in early February, Korawit Suwan, Sirapakit Limtragooltongchai and Vittawat Sootawee, students from the Biomedical Engineering Department worked with Electrical Engineering students Panuwat Ruengbenjasakul, Pinit Maiteesakulkeeree and Veerapan Veerawatkaiwan to develop the Disasterisk Spot communications solution, in the local IFTP event. They worked throughout the Saturday night finalising software and hardware as well as making a short video to add to what they had already produced. This was well-received when it was played during their presentation. They were competing with several other groups at the Mahidol event. The finals in April will be fiercely contested. Last year another team from Mahidol University was also invited to Texas and learned much from the experience.
Students who take part in the regional events mix with students who study different subject areas. Over one weekend they examine a problem and develop a solution. This means they must apply skill sets in a realistic way: teamwork, analysis and time-management. They must also produce a prototype for the project. All of the students at the Mahidol event worked hard and recognized the benefits.
The event will be shown live on YouTube on 20 April at 10 am CDT (21:00 Bangkok).
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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