The Engineering Department conducted its General Staff Meeting for Semester 1 AY 2019-2020. Dr. Ali Rafeet, Head of Engineering started the meeting by thanking everyone for the support and participation during the Engineering Day 2019. Active participation of students and staff in the different events was commendable.
During the meeting, the HoD presented the AY 2018-2019 Department Achievements, Statistics on Staff/Resource, Enrollment, Probation, Dismissal, Withdrawal, OJT and Graduates.
Major achievements were categorized as follows:
A. Competitions and Exhibitions
- Mechanical Engineering students’ project won 1st Place in the Colleges of Technology Annual Students Gathering (June 2019)
- Chemical Engineering students’ project won 1st Place in the Innovation Project Competition at Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex (March 2019).
- Chemical Engineering students project as finalist in the Abu Dhabi University sponsored Project Competition (April 2019)
B. Industry-Academic Collaboration
- During AY 2018-2019, 20 Industry visits and 4 industry-based projects’ collaboration with companies like OCTAL, Salalah Methanol, Raysut Cement, SSDS, Apergy Middle East, etc.
C. Training Programs for the Community
- Electrical section short course training program for the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) staff on basic electrical Engineering lectures
- Introduction to building drawing, and AUTOCAD workshop for Dhofar University students.
- Electrical Engineering technician assisted students project from Kawla Bint Hakim School
- Developed Electrical Licensing Exam Guide
D. Equipment and Facilities Upgrading
- Continuous upgrading and installation of software required in different courses (AutoDesk Inventor Professional, HSM Ultimate, OCTAVE and others..
Statistics and graphs showing trends of intake, probation, dismissal, withdrawal, OJT and graduation were also analyzed and discussed. Reduction in percentage of probation from 38% in semester 2 to 33% in semester 3 of AY 2018-2019 was observed . From a three year (2016-2019) comparative analysis, probation was reduced from 30% to 21% in semester 1 of the current academic year.
Electrical section showed the lowest probation and the highest percentage of clearing probation.
The HoD encouraged staff to continue the initiatives such as tutorials, supplementary activities , varied assignments and teaching strategies, use of technology, etc. introduced in the sections to improve students’ academic performance and reduce probation. He also emphasized the need to motivate students and properly guide them towards improving their study skills.
Engr. Arlene Joaquin, Chemical Engineering Coordinator, shared her experiences and strategies to initiate collaboration and industry partnerships for OJT placement and probable employment. She mentioned that some companies even call to convey their satisfaction on the performance of Chemical Engineering students they hired from Salalah College of Technology.