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Department of Mechanical Engineering has won CATIA Award for Excellence in EV Super Micro Mobility Design Contest in Japan

Recently increasing attention is being paid to Super Micro Mobiles (SMMs), and various trials concerning the development of SMMs are also currently being carried out in the engineering sector. The introduction and promotion of SMMs will subsequently benefit society in a multitude of ways, such as by decreasing Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, increasing the vibrancy of local communities, providing a new means of transport in cities, encouraging elderly people and parents with infants in their daily lives, and so on. Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) in Japan conducted a competition titled "EV Super Micro Mobility Design Contest" to encourage the promotion of SMMs, as well as to offer the opportunity to experience the excitement of manufacturing to students who will lead the next generation. Team MORA from Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa introduced a concept in this contest based on a well-known insect; “Ladybird”.

There were 41 teams from 7 different countries including Japan, UK, USA and France who had participated in this contest. Among them, 27 teams were selected from the first round. Vehicle concept, practicality and 2D sketch and 3D realization of the designs including “Natural Sketching” were highly evaluated in these rounds. At the end of the final round, 5 teams were selected as award winning teams including Team MORA and 4 Japanese teams. Each team received an Excellency prize for each section which they performed well. Team MORA received "CATIA Award for Excellence" for creativity in natural sketching using CATIA software. Other award winning teams were KID (Kyushu University), PDL (Chiba University), Voltage (Tokyo Metropolitan University) and TgMg (Tennoji Gakkan high school).

The award ceremony was held at the conference room of 43rdTokyo Motor Show “SMART MOBILITY CITY” in Big Sight, Tokyo. Team MORA received a certificate of excellence including a special prize of Computer Aided Engineering Design software (CATIA V6 2014 release) which is worthy more than 3.5 million rupees. After receiving the price, Team MORA did their presentation to introduce the concept to the audience. They also had the opportunity to enter to 43rd TOKYO MOTOR SHOW which is one of the largest motor shows all around the world.

Members of Team MORA are as follows.

·         Lihil Subasinghe (09' Batch)

·         Rashiga Walallawita (09' Batch)

·         Vimukthi Randeny (10' Batch)

·         Damith Madusanka (10' Batch)

Team MORA was supervised by

·         Dr. Ruwan Gopura, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa

·         Mr. Sasiranga De Silva, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

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