On 5th July 2018, an industrial visit was arranged by the Department of Electrical Engineering to Integrated Dynamics, a private company having two decade experience in design, test and commissioning of Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs) targeted for local R&D institutions and foreign entities.
A one to one meeting was held between Dr Muhammad Imran Majid Associate Professor Electrical Engineering Department and Mr Raja Sabri Khan, MIT trained CEO of Integrated Dynamics. Also present were students from the Communication System class. The discussion focused on current Senior Design Projects related to Deployment of an Unmanned Aerial Relay Network. The students discussed the status of the project they are pursuing at IoBM, highlighted limitations and brainstormed ideas on successful execution. They were provided guidance on the mass and power budget, mentored on available platforms and various USB Modems /Relay Networking tools that are available in the market. It was agreed that Electrical Engineering Department at IoBM and Integrated Dynamics will collaborate further as a follow up and decide details on the specific project extending the collaboration to various projects for the future.
The students were shown around the workshop and introduced to various staff members. They were shown how miniaturization and modularity have made ground stations mobile and compact. They were also shown various sizes and quantities of purpose built jet and battery propelled UAVS including NISHAN MK-II and BURRAQ. Of special mention is Mr Raja Sabri Khan’s array of heavy bikes including a Harley Davidson. This speaks volumes of his practical skills as Mechanical Engineer.
The trip was of immense value to students as it exposed them to a practical work environment and provided a platform to further exchange their ideas for commercialization of research motivating hands on training. This also provides BE in Electrical Engineering students the opportunity to liase with industry experts which will assist in transition to OBE Curriculum.