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Case study contest promotes engineering to students

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:case study? engineering? radiomonitoring?

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, together with the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies, held the preliminary rounds its case study engineering competition in its Singapore headquarters last May 25.

The competition's theme for this year is, "Keep pace with the future! The future of radiomonitoring is in your hands!"

"This annual event is important to Rohde & Schwarz as it serves to promote engineering as a profession and to continuously engage the bright talents of tomorrow," said Dr. Lim Boon Huat, managing director of Rohde & Schwarz.

More than 25 students from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) entered the competition this year.

According to Hans Knapek, head of human resources at Rohde & Schwarz, students could expect to meet concrete and real-world challenges in the competition. "In addition, the participants will have the chance to get to know our innovative family-run company," he said.

In the preliminary rounds, the students were given questions based on present day challenges where increasing radio density and complex radio transmission methods are the concerns of every developer.

Prof. Yeo Swee Ping from NUS agreed wholeheartedly that the questions should be context- or scenario-based. In fact, he said, he prepares his examination questions in the same manner.

Also in the preliminary rounds, the participants had to first evaluate HF modems available in the industry. Then they were tasked to create a concept for a new modem based on their findings and to present a cost-effective radiomonitoring solution to the six judges present.

Judges on the panel include Dr. Tan Guan Leng, deputy director of Electronic System, DSO National Laboratories; Prof. Yeo Swee Ping from NUS; Assoc. Prof. Arokiaswami Alphones from NTU; Jens Kuehne, development engineer of radiomonitoring & radiolocation at Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG; Ho See Loke, director of the research and development at Rohde & Schwarz Asia PL; and N.C. Prakash, regional HR manager of Asia Pacific in Rohde & Schwarz Regional Headquaters Singapore PL.

case study judges

(Judges L-R) Prof. Alphones, Dr. Tan, Prof Yeo, Jens Kuehne, Ho See Loke

Dr. Tan Guan Leng believed that the competition is a unique opportunity for engineering students to work on problems designed by industry domain experts and as a self-discovery journey which will "go a long way in inspiring students to take up engineering as a preferred career choice."

The winning team in the preliminary rounds was Veritas from NUS. They received a sponsored trip to Munich where they will compete in the last round of the competition. The last round of the competition will be held on June 17.

winning team

The competition's winning team, Team Veritas.

In the finals at Rohde & Schwarz's Munich headquarters, Veritas will be competing against 10 other teams from participating German universities selected from the preliminary rounds. The winning team of the finals will receive brand new Acer HD Beamers and $2,887 (2000 euros) for their university.

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