The Civil and Architectural Engineering staff of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah attended a webinar on Sustainability from an Engineering Perspective via MS Teams on the 15th of June 2021.
The speaker was Prof. Khalifa S. Al-Jabri (PhD, FICE, F.ASCE) from the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University. He started with the importance of understanding sustainability and social responsibility embedded on Engineering as a career. Then he gave an overview of the United Nations 17 Goals of Sustainable Development by challenging the attendees that civil engineers and architects could contribute towards the achievement of these goals.
The webinar concluded with a fruitful interaction between the speaker and the attendees. The success of the webinar was attributed to the Section Staff Development Committee coordinated by Ar. Jyoti S. Gidavir.
The research project of four students taking up Chemical Engineering at UTAS-Salalah has qualified for the 8th Undergraduate Virtual Research Competition (URVC) to be held in Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE on May 19, 2021. Their project title is “Plant Economics for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Manufacturing Process.”
The objective of the project is to calculate the total capital investment and annual gross profit for a PET manufacturing plant with a capacity of 400 TPD (tons per day). The research ranges from site selection to process design, including mechanical design and layout.
The upcoming competition is to be hosted by Abu Dhabi University through the support of H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education. The goal of the competition is to encourage universities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to promote scientific research among undergraduate students and make it an integral part of university education.
Meanwhile, the four students are Amna Ali Mohammed Makoof Zabanoot, Shuaa Hilal Bakhit Fadhel, Al Wafaa Ahmed Suhail Qatan, and Khadijah Hamid Musallam Bait Said with Dr. Sivamani Selvaraju as their Project Supervisor.
Dr. Rakesh Namdeti, UTAS-SCT Chemical Engineering Lecturer, attended and presented a study paper during the first international virtual conference on “Smart Innovation in Science and Engineering” (SISE), of which he won the Best Paper Presenter.
Dr. Namdeti, along with Engr. Arlene Joaquin, authored the research paper "Biosorption of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution Using Banana Leaves Powder: Optimization Using Response Surface Methodology (RSM)." The paper won the award for its importance to Dhofari environment, owing to the fact that bananas are widely grown in Salalah.
The said conference, which was mainly for faculty and research scholars, focused on recent advances in various engineering fields: Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Mechatronics, Civil, and Architectural Engineering. A total of 41 technical papers along those fields were submitted from different countries. Technical committees from each region selected the “Best Paper Presenter” based on originality, information organization, presentation, knowledge of materials, and relevance to the conference theme.
The SISE virtual conference was organized by the College of Engineering, Dhofar University, Salalah, on April 7-8, 2021.
Civil Engineering students and staff of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah attended a webinar on the different ways of mitigating the environmental impact of construction through sustainable design and construction via MS Teams.
The speaker, ENGR. GIL CRUZ, from Bataan Peninsula State University-Philippines, emphasized the role of civil engineers in construction using sustainable materials and sustainable methods of construction for environmental sustainability. In addition, the participants gained a deeper understanding about global warming, climate change, and renewable sources of energy.
The webinar was initiated by the CERE 2201 - Renewable Energy in Construction classes under Engr. Anna May Tayo, in coordination with the Engineering Student Development Committee under the leadership of Ar. Arwa Al Ghassani.
The Student Development (SD) committee, chaired by Archt. Arwa Al Ghassani, conducted a webinar for students on their roles and challenges in the field of Civil Engineering via MS Teams.
The speaker was Engr. Salim Al Harrasi, hailed as a seasoned engineer for having been in- charge of numerous projects in various sectors across the Sultanate of Oman. He discussed important points on how to be a successful engineer, essential leadership skills that will lead a project engineer to success, ways to overcome challenges in the workplace, and tips to plan a career for better future.
According to the student participants, the webinar was enriching and interesting and they liked that the speaker was an Omani who greatly challenged them to aim for success.
The Electrical Engineering Section, in coordination with the Staff Development Committee, conducted a webinar on January 31,2021 via Google Meet on current trends and scope of Renewable Energy. The resource person was Dr.M.A.Ansari, senior member of IEEE, PhD (IIT). He is a research coordinator in Gautham Buddha University, NCR Delhi India. Staff and students from Engineering Department attended the webinar.
A statistical and analytical based approach on Renewable energy and its application was discussed. The resource person focused on Solar energy, Biogas production and the importance of Renewable energy in the Sultanate of Oman.
This webinar enhanced the students’ knowledge and awareness about the alternative sources of energy that would be more beneficial and environment friendly for the present and future generations.
The Chemical Engineering Section of UTAS-Salalah organized two (2) webinars on “Chemical Engineer in Pharmaceutical Industry” and “Lucrative and Evergreen Chemical Engineer.”
The first webinar was presented in January by Mr. Balaji Sagadevan, Principal Engineer, in Alnylam Pharmaceutical Boston, USA. The webinar focused on the importance of chemical engineers throughout the research and development (R&D) to full-scale manufacturing and packaging. The speaker also emphasized the current challenges for chemical engineers to shape the future of the pharmaceutical industries.
The importance of chemical engineers in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products was given importance during the webinar. Chemical engineering graduates from the UTAS can work in different roles as they are needed at different stages and processes like research and development, product development, quality control, and manufacturing and production engineering.
Dr. R. Baskaran, Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering at St Joseph's College of Engineering, India, held another webinar on February 2, 2021. The speaker traced back from the industrial revolution using steam power to modern industrialization in the 19th and 20th century leading to rapid developments of automation and robotics.
As a chemical engineer, he also promoted working together to find solutions for sustainable growth, as green chemical engineering is the frontier for addressing the global challenges in resources, energy, and environment. He also emphasized the “Internet of Things” as the technology trends, therefore the chemical engineering graduates must know about intelligent systems that provide the backbone of the chemical processing technology.
The Engineering Student Development Committee conducted a motivational webinar entitled “Study Less, Study Smart: A Guide to Effective Study Techniques and Enhanced Learning” on 01 Dec. 2020. The resource speaker for the webinar was Arch. Arwa Al-Ghassani, the Committee Head and staff from Civil Engineering and Architecture section. During the webinar, Arch. Arwa gave emphasis on what should a student do to understand and remember things easily, when will be the best time and where is the best place to study and the most important thing is on how to recollect things and learn actively.
The webinar was participated by more than 100 students as well as more than 20 teaching staff and concluded with an interesting questions by the students.
The Student Development Committee of the Mechanical Engineering section organized a webinar on October 26, 2020. Mr. Gopinath Raju, Head-Operations, Akshaya Enviro Solutions, India, delivered the lecture on “Conventional and Non-Conventional Sources of Energy” to Diploma level students and staff of Mechanical Engineering program.
Initially, a brief introduction about the company operations was given and then elaborated on the following topics:
Sources of Energy
Global Trend – Electricity Production using Renewable Energy
Solar Technology – Solar Photovoltaic
Different Types of Solar Panels and Grid System
Solar Pumping System
The program was initiated by Mr. Vijayanand M, Member of OJT and Industrial Link Committee. Mr. Venkatesan T, Member of the Student Development Committee thanked all the students and staff for their active participation in the session.
Final Year Project is a main requirement to complete the Bachelor in Civil Engineering Program. Students defend their project to a panel of examiners.
The Civil and Architecture section invited engineers from Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services Company (SSDSC), a Salalah based industry, to serve as external examiners in the project presentation. Two student projects were examined, namely, “Analysis and Design of Five - Storey Building”, and “Cost Estimate of a Two - Storey Building in Salalah using MS Excel”. The panel of examiners asked practical questions to students during the project defense session.
The activity concluded with the examiners giving their objective feedback.
The Civil Engineering Section of the Engineering Department conducted an industry consultation with Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services Company (SSDSC). The purpose of the meeting was to come up with a scheme, that will make the program offering of the section relevant to the ever-changing industry manpower and skills demand. A round table discussion with the Civil and Architectural Engineering Section staff and SSDSC engineers led by Engr. Abdullah Al-Awaid, Head of Project and Contracts Section of SSDSC, tackled issues that the industry expects from Civil Engineering graduates who will be employed with SSDS Company. Several suggestions served as input for possible reorientation of the program. The meeting resulted to be cordial and fruitful, with the specific purpose achieved.
The said activity was being conducted as part of the section’s initiative to collect feedback from different stakeholders like the industry.