Engineering students from INTI International University won a number of awards at this year’s “Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools” (IDEERS) international engineering competition. Students traveled to Taiwan from a number of countries including Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, to compete and learn about the importance of earthquake engineering and seismic protection in the region.
The competition was jointly organized by agencies including the Taiwan National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering and the Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research.
Over the course of two days, students designed and built simple structures addressing common construction issues faced in earthquake prone areas. Students also exhibited their own prototypes and architectural designs, and presented to a group of judges on how their models functioned in minimizing the impact of earthquakes. In one competition, INTI was selected as one of only six designs to be showcased among the best innovations from the competition.
Lee Hoong Pin, lecturer from the faculty of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the advisor for INTI’s team said, “With the recent earthquake in Sabah, we can no longer remain complacent about this natural disaster and its effects in Malaysia. Participating in this event helped our students to gain hands-on experience in this increasingly important issue,” he said.
In addition to receiving the overall second runner-up award for the postgraduate category – the winners of which were the National Taiwan University and the Hong Kong Science and Technology University in first and second place – the 10 INTI students representing Malaysia also secured other awards, including Best Design for Architecture and Aesthetic Design, Best Design Idea for Exhibits and second place for the Innovation Award for Seismic Isolation and Energy Dissipation.
“By enabling our students to participate in such competitions, INTI offers them first hand experiences to work on practical ideas which have an actual impact on the society around them. Our aim is to empower our students to not only develop their skills and capabilities to compete against their global peers, but to equip them with the relevant exposure they need to stand out in their future careers,” Hoong Pin said.