The students’ projects at the MEK, BE and IT Expos show that many companies and agencies have been greatly helped by OsloMet over the past year.
At the beginning of June, the bachelor’s and master’s projects were proudly exhibited to fellow students, staff and partners at the Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering (MEK), the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology (BE) and the Department of Computer Science (IT).
The three departments had their own exhibitions a few days before the final exam, while there were still enough students on campus.
The posters that were exhibited, displaying the clients’ logos, show the extensive contact with businesses and the labour market. The students were very enthusiastic about having been given such real and practical issues to investigate.
The mechanical, electronic and chemical engineering expo was first out and it was packed.
‘What's happening here represents the essence and relevance of what we do and is the result of three years of study,’ says Head of Department Ralph Bernstein.
‘Here, you can see the breadth, creativity and enthusiasm in being an engineer in the field of technology, and the Department of Mechanical, Electronic and Chemical Engineering is able to show what we can contribute. Most of our bachelor’s degree projects are carried out in cooperation with enterprises and this shows the importance of what we do in our study programmes.’
‘Overall, the expo shows that we respond to the needs of society and all arrows are pointing up in relation to the need for engineers. The period before the projects were submitted was a bit stressful, with a few technical problems, delays and equipment that didn’t work, as well as intense group work. This is exactly what we are trying to prepare you for in the labour market,’ says Bernstein.
‘When my former colleagues ask how they can cooperate with OsloMet, I always say, “Start with a bachelor’s project.” Then you’ll get something concrete that you can really use,’ Bernstein concludes.
The Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology also exhibited many projects that were closely linked to the labour market and business and industry through the civil engineering programme and the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in energy and environment in buildings.
Three presentations were given by potential employees to inspire the students to continue their hard work on their studies, and the best poster was announced.
Civil engineer student Jetmir Luma was one of the students exhibiting the project he was a part of, which was assigned by the AF Gruppen and concerned the maximum temperature of poured-in-place concrete walls.
Luma found working on a practical issue for the bachelor’s project inspiring and educational. He is now planning to take a master’s degree following a civil engineering education that has been challenging, but that he is very happy with.
‘I think it was very interesting to work with a business instead of just studying at the university. In this way, we became a part of the business as well as working hard,’ he says.
‘I am happy with the project and we have received very good follow-up,’ says Anne L Helseth from the energy and environment in buildings programme.
In her project, she and three fellow students have worked on a system that can both cool and heat a building using pipes installed in a concrete surface and that can be filled with water. The system is new in Norway and the students have used simulations to try to find out whether it can be recommended to customers.
OsloMet has between 50 and 60 bachelor’s students and around 25 master’s students on the energy and environment in buildings programmes who are graduating this year.
The Department of Computer Science also exhibited a number of projects and linked its event to a relevance seminar where adjustments and planned developments to the programmes were presented by Associate Professor Terje Gjøsæter.
Among the changes, a common course in data security will now become compulsory.
A number of new relevant project courses that facilitate placements and internships in businesses will be introduced from autumn 2018. A new elective course in artificial intelligence is also in the planning.
Changes are also being made to existing courses in order to make them more relevant, including as a result of feedback from previous relevance seminars.
The relevance seminars are an opportunity for businesses and organisations to provide input to the programmes in relation to what expertise and skills the OsloMet students should have when they enter the labour market.
One of the bachelor’s projects shown at the IT Expo was the game development project ‘Valrok’. Two of the project’s three students want to go on to become professional game developers.
This means that programming and coding are relevant in the study programmes, according to student Persijn Kwekkeboom, who worked on the project together with Lise Sundrønning and Benjamin Bryne.
They are happy with their project but it has been much more difficult than they had anticipated and they had a steep learning curve.
Siv Tunold is working on the project ‘Captioning for the DHH’ as a part-time master’s degree student on the energy and environment in buildings programme. The project is about automatic transcription of speech for the deaf and hard of hearing, which can make it easier for them to manage by themselves.