STUDENTS SHOWCASE INVENTIONS , URGED TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX AT CODET COMPETITION
Students studying Engineering courses in institutions of higher learning have been urged to think out of the box to enhance efforts at industrialization of the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Professor Joseph Fuwape and the Dean, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) of the same institution made the call while addressing contestants at this year Committee of Dean of Engineering and Technology of Nigeria Universities south west zone (CODET).
The Vice-Chancellor represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development), Professor Phillip Oguntunde said there is need for engineers and would be engineers to imbibe and key into the current world project and research in their chosen careers. He said at intellectual meetings and competitions of this nature, the main goal among others is to refresh minds of participants and ensure that they do not lose focus of their methodologies and commitment to make the difference in their respective areas of specialization. He said “as engineers, you are not only expected to generate ideas for the development of the society but also expected to form these ideas into usable knowledge which will serve as springboard for industrialization”. Professor Fuwape said the competition is aimed at achieving visions and great purposes of ensuring cross fertilization of ideas and ground breaking technological development. He further said staff and students should key into the forum for re-evaluation of priorities and for intensive intellectual engagement for the good of the country.
On his part the Dean, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Professor Aremu Akintunde urged the students not to relent on their oars and ensure that as engineering students they should always think out of the box. He said the competition is all about exhibition of inventions from the students’ participating and the best selected invention will represent their school at the national level. Professor Aremu said local content, presentation, creativity, innovation, functional ability; appearance of presenter, amongst others would be used as yard stick to select winners.
Delivering a talk earlier, Engineer Professor Christopher Akinbile of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Engineering said current world project and research trend need to be embraced to break new grounds.
Professor Akinbile described Engineering as a branch of science that is concerned with design, building and construction. He said by virtue of these new trends there is a paradigm shift from doing things in the usual old ways to newer methods.
He said there are new knowledge acquisitions now, through in depth analysis, saying there is a movement from theoretical movement to practical movement. Professor Akinbile said inventions such as drones are underutilized. He said materials such as polyviral chloride (PVC) are gradually replacing the usual building materials like ceiling and slates, wastes are being reduced, recycled and importantly reused (3R’s) winds, solar and waste power are gradually replacing hydro to generate power, robots are replacing skilled labour in factories and soldiers on the battle ground.
The trio of Professors Fuwape, Akintunde and Akinbile commended the effort of the students for the various inventions and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for putting together a successful competition.
A team of (4) four including Ojo Joseph with Matric number 13/3822, Aderinwale A. A. Matric number 13/3777, Adesida A.D. Matric number 14/7855, Ala Yanda A. A. Matric number13/3788 all from the Department of Electrical Electronics Engineering came first from the group category while Salaudeen A. with matric number 15/2462 also from (EEE) came 1st in the single category. Amongst the participating Universities include Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Osun State University, Osogbo, Federal University Oye, Ekiti and the host Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).