What we’ve been up to lately at Engine Room: check out student engineering stories and resources

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We’re almost at the end of the year, but we at Engine Room have been busier than ever! In the past few months, we’ve created new resources to help you ready yourselves for work life, and a new platform to showcase your life as an engineering student to the world. 

First up: if you haven’t already done so, check out our Internship Starter Pack, a guide to surviving your first work experience whether it’s an internship or entry level position. First impressions count more than you think, and we’re here to help you ace them! Don’t forget to go through our four-part custom presentation and interview course created by public speaking coach, Benjamin Loh. You’ll be outpacing your peers in no time. 

What’s more, we gave you a chance to share your stories of working, studying and living engineering with us at Engine Room, and we were blown away at so many of the entries we received. From winning competitions and building passion projects, to sharing failures and successful attempts during FYPs, every submission was a labour of love and dedication. 

Let’s take a look at our winning entries below! 

In first place: a childhood obsession comes to life

Jain Palash Abhineet, a Year 4 student in the Renaissance Engineering Programme at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), was inspired to recreate one of his childhood obsessions using stereolithography, a super high resolution form of 3D printing. His stories capture the process of building a sleek, miniature SR71 Blackbird, a Cold War spy plane. It was designed in secrecy in the 1950s for the CIA, by American aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin. The plane holds the record for the fastest speed for a non-rocket powered aircraft and can outfly a missile! 

Clearly a whizz at 3D printing, Palash also designed and created several of his own projects in the rest of his entry – like a model of his own face (yes, you read that right) using his iPhone’s TrueDepth camera feature, and an adjustable tablet clamp as a solution to his neck cramps. 

Watch Palash’s entry here

In second place: engineering takes flight

At the outset, Robin Teoh’s entry waves a cheery hello to us (quite literally) using a robotic arm. The Year 2 Higher NITEC student in Mechatronics at ITE College West showcases the complexity and detail in the work done by an engineering student, as he gives us a glimpse into Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and 3D printing. 

CPSes are data-driven computer systems that embed software in the physical world, and appear in a wide range of applications such as smart grids, robotics, and intelligent manufacturing. It has a crucial role in Industry 4.0 manufacturing, and is a key enabler of an ever-growing Internet of Things, cloud computing systems, and more. We’re also no strangers to 3D printing, which creates physical objects from digital models – here, Robin takes us on a close-up shot of his 3D printed eagle, the mascot used by his project team to inspire them to soar as high as the bird of prey. 

Watch Robin’s entry here

In third place: project life as a Mechatronics student

If Kimberly Sur’s life as a Year 3 student in Mechatronics and Robotics at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) are anything to go by, sign us up. Her stories reminisce about projects that she’s had lots of fun together with her classmates, like an automated machine timed to provide moisture to a plant at one-minute intervals, complete with moisture sensors, or building an automated guided vehicle (AGV) to move along set routes with programmed actions. 

Kimberly also shares her love for lab practicals which happen every other week. Don’t take them for granted! They give you important hands-on experiences and are significant to your learning journey as an engineer, especially when you venture into the working world and start applying theories to real life. 

Watch Kimberly’s entry here

These are just three of the 33 entries we received for the contest. Check out the rest at @engineroomsg, all logged under the respective schools’ highlights. 

Remember, what can seem like everyday life to you as an engineering student, is actually really interesting to those outside of the industry. Studying engineering is no mean feat and demands a full cup of creativity and innovation to solve real-world problems. Keep sharing more of these stories with your friends and family, as every little bit counts towards showing how engineers have real impact on the systems and technologies that make up our modern world. 

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