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  • [ September 23, 2011]

    2011 PKU-NUS Joint Capstone Design Program

  • Fancy working on real engineering projects sourced from the industry? Enjoy communicating and exchanging ideas with foreign counterparts from internationally renowned universities?

    In “Joint Capstone Design,” an annual program since 2008, undergraduate students are given the opportunity to join with international students in teams of 4-6 and work on a design project sourced from the industry. This year, College of Engineering students and 21 counterparts from the College of Engineering of the National University of Singapore (NUS) will work on seven design projects provided by Siemens and Schlumberger.

    “Capstone Design is not an academic exercise; it’s a real design,” said Professor Pingchou Han, who teaches the course. “It aims to prepare students for work after graduation.”

    Blood typing fundamental demonstration

    In the project, “Paper Strip for Fast Blood Typing,” COE students Qiuyue Wang and Yue Hu will work with three NUS students: Haojing Chen, Zehao Zhou and David Teo Wei Long, to design a “magic” paper strip that can test a person’s blood type in a few minutes. In the case of a transfusion, a person’s blood type needs to be compatible with the donor’s blood type or a reaction similar to an allergy can occur. In last year’s project, the project leaders successfully designed a paper strip using the forward typing method, which has been accepted by Siemens, according to Zhaohui Du, manager at Siemens China.

    This year, they will focus on the reverse typing approach. “We will have close collaborations with the NUS students.” said Yue Hu. “We’ll be in charge of the research and experiments, while they take care of the products.”

    “Real-Time Health Monitoring and Alert System” project presentation

    Another team of six will work on a “Real-Time Health Monitoring and Alert System,” which may save lives of elders in nursing homes. Students will design wristbands which will monitor patients’ bio-information, including pulse rate and blood pressure. This system would effectively alert nursing staff if it detects an incident.