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EEE students meet the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of Russia
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Apollinariya Rakina, second year student of the Institute of High Technology Physics, presented designs by students of Elite Engineering Education (EEE) of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) at the International IT Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk. She described these achievements to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of Russia and entrepreneurs from various regions of Russia and foreign countries.

The International IT Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk is an annual event that convenes specialists in information technology from BRICS countries. This year's forum was also attended by representatives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. For two days, July 6 and 7, the Forum's participants discussed the opportunities for implementing IT in healthcare, education, culture, government administration, aerospace industry, as well as the issues of security in the information space.  

The delegation from Tomsk Polytechnic University presented three designs developed by Elite Engineering Education students. The first of the presented gadgets was a universal computer data input tool that has the potential to replace the conventional mouse. It looks like a wireless electronic finger cot with a sensor. The user puts on the cots on three fingers and controls the cursor with a single move: one finger moves the cursor, another one acts as left mouse button, and the third one acts as the right button.

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Another student project presented in Khanty-Mansiysk is the graphite printer. EEE freshmen decided to design a device based on a usual pencil that would put a computer-defined drawing on paper. A lead pencil is fixed vertically and moves along a sheet of paper, driven by gears and a stepper motor. At this moment, the printer is programmed for only one drawing, but its designers plan to advance it so that a user could set any drawing at own discretion.

All of the printer's components are very low-cost, as they can be 3D-printed themselves. The printer's creators believe that such device will make engineers' and designers' work and study easier.

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Apollinariya Rakina also presented her own project at the Forum: an independent lighting system powered by a wind turbine. Our students plan to install this system at a children's playground in Prostorniy town near Tomsk. Lighting is enabled by a wind turbine that is connected to light-emitting diodes. After dark, a photoresistor turns on the lamp, and the playground is illuminated.

"We have already assembled one wind turbine. According to our plans, this autumn we will equip the playground," Apollinariya notes.

She says that TPU students' designs impressed the Forum participants.

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We brought examples of student designs with us to visualize the work of TPU's Elite Engineering Education. We were approached by the Minister of Communications and Mass Media, representatives of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, as well as businessmen from China and Thailand. They were impressed by our students' designs. Business representatives wondered if they could invite talented designers like us to their teams,

Apollinariya recalls.

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As Forum participants note, TPU was one of the few universities that presented actual projects designed by their students.

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As a rule, universities bring their training programs to forums like this one, but lack the demonstration component such as tangible student learning outcomes. We are very happy that we had the opportunity to display student projects and the high standards of training in TPU, starting from the first year. It is especially pleasant that these projects received positive reviews from Forum participants of the highest level,

says Evgenia N. Serebriakova, Head of the Department of Elite Engineering Education, who was also part of TPU delegation to Khanty-Mansiysk.

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