FUTMINNA Mechatronics Engineering Organizes Project Exhibition for Final Year Students; Set for Patency, Commercialization

The Department of Mechatronics Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, has organised a project exhibition for final year undergraduate students of the department. The exhibition which is the first of its kind in the university held at the Common Room, School of Engineering Complex Main Campus Gidan Kwano.

Head, Department of Mechatronics, FUTMINNA, Prof. Musa Aibinu with other panelists at the Exhibition.
Photo Credit: Akorede Abeeb Bello

The exhibition, organised in collaboration with Advanced Engineering Innovation Research Group and the Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy (AI4CE) project, had participants who are in the final year of their study in the Departments of Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Cyber Security Science.

 In his opening remarks, the Head, Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Professor Musa Aibinu, said the programme was to provide wings for the graduating students to soar, adding that the exhibition was also to pave way for patenting and commercialisation of the final year projects. Professor Aibinu, who also doubles as the principal investigator of the AI4CE project, highlighted that the project exhibition was to climax a 3-day career event for the final year students.

In his speech with the press after the programme, the Project Coordinator of Mechatronics Engineering, Engr. Kufre Jack said the department had the vision of seeing how the final year projects could be converted into products for market use. He stated that after the exhibition, the department will apply directly for patency  for 25 out of the 29 projects exhibited by the department that meet market demand which will be commercialized for public use.

While speaking on the importance of the project exhibition, the Dean, School of Electrical Engineering and Technology (SEET), Prof. E.N Onwuka said “Mechatronics is doing this for the first time and it is good to emulate. We will see how other departments in the School of Electrical Engineering and Technology would key into such kind of exhibition especially final.”

A cross section of Participants at the Exhibition. (Photo Credit: Abeeb Akorede Bello)

In his own remarks, the Dean, School of Infrastructure Process Engineering and Technology (SIPET), Prof. Zinash Osunde also averred that “it is a good development that our students are showcasing what they can do. I saw a number of students’ projects that if we can take them to competitions, most of them will win prizes. I think I will encourage it so that we will do a little bit of collaboration with each other.”  

The exhibited projects were examined by renowned academicians leading to the award of medals to outstanding projects funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom. Of the 42 exhibited projects, 11 were awarded gold medals, 12 silver and 16 bronze awards.

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