Saint Gits College, Kottayam wins QuEST Ingenium-2017

Thiruvananthapuram: Jobby George and Jose Tom, Mechanical Engineering students who graduated from Saint Gits College of Engineering, Kottayam have won the coveted cash prize of Rs. one lakh by becoming the winners at the QuEST Ingenium 2017 contest held here. They won the top honours for their project, ‘Electricity Generation Using Speed Breakers’.

Apart from the cash prize, the students will also get an all-expense paid trip to Airbus facility in Germany where they will be given an exclusive tour of the facility and introduced to the manufacturing processes and core engineering side of the business. Park College of Engineering & Technology from Tamil Nadu (for their project ‘Design and Fabrication of a Fighter Aircraft with Yawing Wing’) and Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu (for ‘Hi-Tech Bionic Prosthetic Legs’) have been declared first and second runners-up respectively.

The seventh edition of QuEST Ingenium received more than 7,500 applications from 650 engineering colleges across India. The top 10 teams were invited to present their projects to a panel of judges and eminent personalities from the industry at an event hosted in Thiruvananthapuram. Nidhi Mathur, Co-Founder of Niramai, was the Chief Guest and Burkhard H R Heinke, Project Leader, Airbus Cabin Electronics Buxtehude Predevelopment delivered keynote address to the young engineers from across the country.

The students of MVJ College of Engineering (MVJCE), Karnataka received Special Jury mention for their project ‘Advanced Prosthetic Hand for Handicapped.’ The Most Popular Project Award, a special category of award selected by public by voting on social media, was won by Sri Sairam Engineering College, Tamil Nadu for their project ‘MOBSCOPE.’

This year, QuEST Global’s endeavours in nurturing engineering talent were supported by Ingenium sponsors, including Airbus, Siemens, Qatar Airways and MSC Software. At the gala event, Shrikanth D Naik, Senior Vice President & Global Delivery Head, QuEST Global, said, “QuEST Ingenium brings together Indian students who demonstrate a passion for engineering and innovation. This national-level engineering innovation competition encourages students to create engineering solutions that help transform our world. This initiative is one of many that QuEST Global organises globally, where we work with the academia to ‘future-ready’ our next generation of engineers.

S Narayanan, Vice President and Centre Head, QuEST Global, Thiruvananthapuram, said, “This year, the Ingenium projects have seen a hue of diverse innovation with projects from embedded, mechanical, automotive, healthcare and aerospace streams. It is good to see students presenting projects like bionic prosthetic legs, compressed air vehicles, hybrid bike and electricity generation from braking system. This year, 641 teams from engineering colleges in Kerala registered for the competition, which is thrice last year’s number. We are happy to host engineering masterminds from different engineering colleges across the nation in Thiruvananthapuram, in this momentous year when QuEST Global turns 20.”

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be a part of QuEST Ingenium 2017. We are excited to visit the Airbus facility. All thanks to QuEST Global and all who have supported us in this project,” said Joby George and Jose Tom, members of the winning team. Their project, ‘Electricity Generation Using Speed Breakers’, deals with a mechanical issue.  Vehicles like trucks, buses, cars and two-wheelers have different weights and whenever they pass over a speed breaker, lots of energy is wasted. This project aims at generating electricity by tapping this energy using the speed breakers. Instead of the regular speed breakers on the roads, the team proposes the use of speed breakers that consists of return spring enclosed within the frictionless sheet.

When the vehicles pass by this speed breaker, the energy produced by the vehicles can be converted into electricity that can be stored in  battery and can be converted into Alternating Current (AC) using inverter.