Innovative Abilities of Syrian University Students Reflected in Their Projects

"University students’ inventive projects are of great importance to show how students manage to benefit from their academic and theoretical study to prepare their own projects” Dr. Lamis Qudsi Head of the Bio-Medical Engineering Department at Tishreen University in Lattakia province said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

Dr. Qudsi, who was also the supervisor of a number of university students’ projects displayed in the Mechanical and Electrical Exhibition MEE6 recently held at Tishreen University, underscored that most of the projects exhibited in the MEE6 can enter the business market, contribute to  promoting the national industries and take part effectively in the reconstruction process.

 She pointed out that the MEE6 shed light on the students’ creative and innovative capacities, especially students of the bio-medical engineering faculty.

The Syriatimes interviewed a number of students of the 4th year of the Bio-Medical Engineering Faculty, who  participated in the Mechanical and Electrical Exhibition 6th (MEE6).

The two students, Yazen Salhab and Souad Bseis, have designed a multifunctional emergency portable infant  incubator which is capable of providing appropriate heat and humidity for the preterm birth infants and can be used outside the hospitals under different conditions. They made it clear that the fiberglass structure is designed to achieve high thermal and electric isolation to protect the infants .

They pointed out that attention was paid to the sensors of heat and humidity as well as to windows for the hands of doctors and nurses.

The two students stressed that the basic goal of the lightweight emergency portable infant incubator is to reduce the large number of deaths among preterm birth infants.

"This incubator is easy to deal. It can be used as a domestic incubator and it is fully automated with a system of buttons to monitor infants' condition” the two students concluded.

 On their part, students Thouraya Mohssiena and Saleh Derbas told the Syriatimes that their  project is amicturition controller of the incontinence disease, which is characterized by weakness or nerve paralysis of the bladder and therefore an involuntary and embarrassing leakage of urine.

They made it clear that  the self- device, which  allows the patient to control the process of storage and disposal of urine, is an electronic management permanently planted inside the human body.

The two students indicated that the devise continuously measures the level of urine that when it reaches a certain level it sends a sign to the patient on his phone telling him/her about the need to discharge. The patient chooses the right place and position and then presses the discharge button in the phone and then re-create the bladder to store a new amount of urine.

"This devise exists only in Canada” the two students underscored, hoping that they will be able to apply it in Syria.

Noor Tannous and Birna Batbota, on their part, designed a devise  to help reduce hair loss of cancer patients. The device is a helmet placed before the patient takes a chemical dose in half an hour and remains after the end of the dose by approximately 90 minutes during which water that is cooled to  5 to 7 degrees is pumped from a side devise to cause constriction of blood vessels, which reduces the passage of blood carrying chemicals, which cause hair loss and a rise in the temperature of the bulbs.

They pointed out that this helmet  contributes  to supporting the psychological condition of  cancer patients by reducing hair loss.

Another group of students including  Bodour Al- Abssi, Sameh Feddah and Jamil Hanouna presented a joint project on designing a special ring for patients of color blindness.

 The ring contains a delicate color sensor simulated on Solidworks program and attached to a circuit wrapped in a bracelet around the wrist. The circuit operates according to an inserted programming code. The device can provide a 3D image that can help patients distinguish the color properly.

The two students Fatimah Ma’lla and Haneen Dali presented in the MEE6 a project on adjustable socket for people amputated above the knee .

They made it clear that the stump of the amputated limb after a period of time will atrophy so the amputated people will not be able to carry out their usual activities. They stressed that when the patients use the adjustable socket the stump will be protected and the roller, which is placed on the adjustable socket, can enable the amputated people to adjust it and move easily.

The students highly appreciated their participation in the MEE6 which provided them an opportunity to present their remarkable projects and be briefed on other important scientific researches.    

Interviewed by : Rawaa Ghanam