Joint Graduation Project of Three Syrian Students Shows Their Thirst for Coping with Up-to-Date Technology

The Syrian government has spared no effort to spread the culture of invention, encourage scientific reasearch and the creative projects of Syrian youths in order to help them effectively take part in the country's all-out reconstruction process.

Graduated students, particularly from the faculties of engineering, are the future scientific researchers who will play a major role in the development of the Syrian scientific research.

The graduation projects of some students of the Mechatronics Department at Tishreen University in Lattakia have been proved to be of great importance at the level of scientific research and they have unveiled notable talents.

The Syriatimes e-newspaper met engineers Mayyada Ghadban, Haya Ahmed and Karam Ghazal, who have recently graduated from the Electrical and Mechanical Faculty, the Mechatronics Department, at Tishreen University in the Syrian province of Lattakia  to shed light on their joint creative graduation project.

Mechatronics is a wide comprehensive branch of engineering that focuses on designing, manufacturing and maintaining products that have both mechanical and electronic components. It has been broadened to include the integration of multiple systems, including computer engineering, systems engineering and programming, according to eng. Ghadban.

She made it clear that any manufacturing process depends mainly on scores of workers, spends a lot of time and money and contains human mistakes.

She indicated that her and her colleagues' joint project focused on using the computer numerical control ( CNC) machining, which is a process used in the manufacturing sector that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. The tools that can be controlled in this method include lathes, mills, routers, grinders and many other tools.

“Our project, which is based on using CNC machining,  has many advantages. The manufacturing process is more precise than in manual machining and can be repeated in exactly the same manner over and over again” eng. Ghadban said, adding that the CNC machining can produce complex shapes that would be almost impossible to achieve with manual machining.  It can also be used in jobs that need a high level of precision or very repetitive tasks with low cost and less time.

On their part engineers Ahmed and Ghazal pointed out that their project focused on three parts: electronic, programming and mechanic, consisting of a printer, scanner, serrate and axes.

“The current manufacturing process is being carried out in an old-fashioned way that takes a long time, constant observation and more workers and sometimes it can be inaccurate," they said.

According to them, their project depends on using CNC machining and machine tools function through numerical control. A computer program is customized for an object  and the machines are programmed with CNC machining language called G-code.

They indicated that G-code is a language that tells computerized machine tools how to do something like where to move, how fast to move and what path to follow. With CNC machining, the computer can control exact positioning and velocity.

“This project is very beneficial and can be used mainly in factories of cars, metals , glass, wood as the CNC machining is used in jobs that need a high level of precision or very repetitive tasks as well as in the production of many complex three-dimensional shapes.

“We, as Syrian students and youths, are working tirelessly on accomplishing our inventions to help our society meet the needs of reconstruction process through establishing companies that rely on modern technology” the engineers stressed.

It is worth mentioning that eng. Karam Ghazal has also his own project which is based on using sun energy. He also has another project, which will be the first of its kind in Syria, but it is still under studying.

The three engineers stressed that the Syrian students have thirst for knowledge and for internships laboratory work that cope with up-to-date technology.

The Syrian students are talented, creative and ambitious, but they need more support to overcome the obstacles they are facing, the graduates concluded.

Interviewed by Rawaa Ghanam