Two final year students from the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM), Jason Lee Jun Wei (Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering) and Kueh Jia Lee (Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering), have emerged as the champions of the ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge 2019.
This competition, which was organised by ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd, was organised to encourage creative thinking amongst undergraduate students in both public and private universities in Malaysia. This year, participants were required to propose their ideas on future digitalisation and sustainable technologies for one of the following topics: innovative mobility solutions, data analytics solutions, low latency technology as well as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).
This competition gave both Jason and Jia Lee an invaluable opportunity and experience to stretch themselves beyond their limits in terms of time management, creativity and also business acumen. They spent a lot of researching and brainstorming in an effort to ensure their idea was creative yet feasible, in terms of potential impacts and project exhibition.
Jason and Jia Lee pitched their idea on Rapid Vehicle Transit (RVT) with the aim to alleviate traffic gridlock in Klang Valley using the state-of-the-art MagLev and AI technology, at the grand finale held at the Le Meriden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 21 October 2019. Their idea impressed the jury, who were industry experts from ABB, Petronas Malaysia and SME Corporation Malaysia. Jason and Jia Lee walked home with a grand prize of RM12,000 in cash.
“It was the fourth year that ABB had organised this competition and we were the first team from UNM to participate in it. Engineering is not just about memorising the formulas. Of course they help you build the necessary knowledge foundation, but a successful engineer is one who is creative when solving problems, and yet able to visualise the bigger picture from a logical point of view. There is nothing to lose, so why not step out of your comfort zone to create wonderful memories and to leave your legacy,” Jason said.
The ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge is open to all full-time undergraduate students in both public and private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. More information on the competition .
“We are immensely proud of our student’s achievements in all aspects of their involvement in the many activities that they participate in, whether that is academic, sport, CSR, sport or competitions. It is a reflection of the high calibre of students which we attract at the University,” said UNM Provost and CEO Professor Graham Kendall.
(Article image caption: At presentation ceremony)
(Thumbnail image caption: Champions of the ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge 2019, Jason Lee Jun Wei and Kueh
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Posted on 12th November 2019