Graduating engineering students at College of the North Atlantic - Qatar displayed their projects at Capstone Design Fair. The opening of the fair was attended by Dr. Salem Al-Naemi, CNA-Q’s President, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al-Sada, Chairman of CNA-Q’s Board of Trustees and Former Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Al-Naimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Board Member in the College’s Board of Trustees, alongside the Board of Trustees, Dr. Awni Al-Otoom, Dean of School of Engineering and Industrial Trades and faculty members.
Capstone presentations are one-year projects, based on solving real world industry challenges that students identify themselves during work terms or for industry sponsors. Through design capstone courses, future engineers learn to deploy their knowledge, skills and competencies acquired at the College to create innovative solutions.
The displayed projects address industry challenges in the five engineering technology disciplines offered at CNA-Q: chemical processing, electrical, mechanical (industrial maintenance), process automation, telecommunications and network.
There were groundbreaking project ideas presented, including one group’s idea to transmit messages and images through light, others worked on smart solar tracking system, smart traffic lights control systems, innovative production of fertilizers, smart production and sorting lines, and smart process control using microcontrollers and PLC.
Commenting on the event, Dr. Salem Al-Naemi said: “Capstone projects provide senior students with a critical and integrative learning experience. It is a culmination of the knowledge gained throughout their studies and the practical trainings they received at our state-of-the-art simulation labs, and our partners’ facilities. This year was exceptional, and we are proud of our students who were able to work on innovative solutions under unusual circumstances. This fair demonstrates the strengths of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) model, which produces graduates with employable skills.”
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al-Sada, said: “It warms our heart to see the amazing work that students have presented in the Capstone Design Fair. The projects reflect hard work, determination and creativity in all aspects. They show the quality of education and training they have been provided with at CNA-Q”.
Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Al-Naimi said: “TVET is at the core of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education ‘s strategy. What we are witnessing today is an affirmation of the importance of applied education. Hands-on learning is the answer to the needs of our growing economy.”
Dr. Awni Al-Otoom, Dean of School of Engineering and Industrial Trades added: “Capstone projects require a skill set that enables students to innovate, plan and execute. They are an important way of validating the proficiency of learning. We invite all our partners and industry leaders to visit the fair and see the variety of outstanding design solutions our student teams have created.”
The fair is open to public and adheres to the COVID-19 prevention measures. It provides visitors with a great opportunity to meet future engineers, view new products and learn more about new approaches to challenges faced in the industry.
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