FTMD students have scored another brilliant achievement by winning 3rd place in an international competition. Lie Kevin Marcellino Gunawan (Mechanical Engineering 2019), Muhammad Afif Hidayat (Mechanical Engineering 2018), and Ageng Shahputra (Mechanical Engineering 2018) are FTMD students majoring in Mechanical Engineering, who are members of the Kanaye Team consisting of 6 ITB students, won the 3rd place in The Setty Family Foundation: 2021 Applied Engineering Challenge competition held by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

ASHRAE is a scientific society engaged in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) which focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration, and sustainability in the industry. ASHRAE also issues standards that are widely used in the HVAC field. For the past 3 years, ASHRAE has been holding an applied engineering challenge. The theme for this year’s competition is HVAC Design Calculations, HVAC System Selection, Integrated Sustainable Building Design, and Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge. The competition was held from mid-2020 to August 2, 2021.

The Kanaye team led by Lie followed the theme of the Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge. The main objective of this competition is to design an indoor farming system that is integrated with single-family or multi-family residential construction. The variables that must be considered are room temperature, room humidity, lighting, acoustic system, and outdoor conditions. This theme is based on the increasing flow of urbanization which results in the erosion of land for agriculture.

The Kanaye team was initiated in March 2021 and began working to meet the competition deadline on June 8, 2021. In addition to FTMD students, the Kanaye team also consists of ITB students from other majors, namely Vivian Tirtasahara (Architecture 2018), Jesslyn Halim (Architecture, 2018), and Wan Tjhen (Forestry Engineering 2018). They did their best to accelerate their work so that they can collect their works under the allotted time. The work collected is in the form of a technical report which contains the design concept and the designed system as well as documentation of the work. All participants who took part in this competition have the potential to win the competition because they come from various well-known universities in the world. Kanaye’s team, who is supervised by Dr. Eng, Pandji Prawisudha (Mechanical Engineering Lecturer ITB), managed to finish their work in approximately 3 months and won 3rd place in this competition. The design work produced by the team can be seen in the figure below.

Lie, Afif, and Ageng’s main motivation for participating in this competition is that this competition is very interesting and they wanted to develop themselves by competing with various teams from abroad. The 2021 Applied Engineering Challenge competition is their first competition and, surprisingly, they won 3rd place. They have been preparing for the competition since months ago, both from the theoretical and technical aspects. In the future, they hope that they can continue to grow and they also have a dream that their work can be useful for the environment someday. Big congratulations to Lie, Afif, Ageng, Dr. Pandji, and Kanaye Team for scoring an international achievement! Hopefully, this achievement can further trigger the enthusiasm of other students to be able to excel in their respective fields. All the best to the Kanaye team!