AUD students develop mine detecting robot
Dubai, May 29, 2008
The American University in Dubai (AUD) students has developed a mine detecting robot, according to a statement.
US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings praised the senior projects presented by students of The American University in Dubai (AUD), including the mine detecting robot and a web-based smart home project that won first place earlier this year at the regional UAE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) competition.
She spoke of the high level of performance of both the administrative and teaching bodies of the university, commenting on the effectiveness of the curricula. This came during Secretary Spellings’ visit to the AUD campus after she attended the graduation ceremony earlier that week.
During her visit to AUD, Spellings toured the different faculties and labs at AUD, and had a chance to meet students discussing their projects and their education.
“The faculty and students were very appreciative of Spellings approachability, and thoroughly enjoyed conversing with her about their career and graduate study plans; we thank Secretary Spellings for taking the time to visit the engineering labs at AUD, and for her unwavering support of higher education”, said School of Engineering dean Dr Alaa Ashmawy.
“It is a great point of pride for the AUD School of Engineering, and particularly to our engineering students, to have had the chance to meet with Secretary Spellings and update her on their recent regional achievements. Our students were delighted to share with the visitor the mine detecting robot they designed, as well as the web-based smart home project that won first place earlier this year at the regional IEEE competition,” said Dr Ashmawy.
Spellings also complimented the level of education in the UAE, stressing that the American University in Dubai was a true model of a successful American Education Institution, confirmed by its recent Accreditation by SACS.
Referring to the various relationships built by AUD with other US-based universities; Spellings highlighted the importance of bringing experts and American officials to the region to exchange experiences and to establish fellowships.
"It was an honour to welcome Spellings on campus as we laud her ideas, opinions and efforts as the US Secretary of Education. We had the pleasure of having Secretary Spellings as our keynote speaker during the Eleventh Commencement Exercises of AUD, and with her direction, we are looking forward to increased partnerships with education institutions in the US," said executive vice-president Elias Bou Saab. – TradeArabia News Service