Bandung: The Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMAE) has established a significant collaboration with the 27th-ranked Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) worldwide. This collaboration has afforded FMAE students the unique opportunity to visit and acquire knowledge at HKUST. Two fortunate recipients of this opportunity are Muhammad Ridho Alhafiz (Master of Aerospace Engineering) and Nayottama Putra Suherman (Master of Aerospace Engineering).

The two students above garnered the initial awareness of the Summer Camp 2023 program at HKUST through one of the lecturers at the Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMAE), Pramudita Satria Palar, S.T., M.T., Ph.D. It was conveyed that HKUST had launched the Summer Camp 2023 program. Regrettably, the program faced cancellation due to an inability to meet the stipulated enrollment target. Nevertheless, owing to the assistance of Dr. Pramudita’s colleague, Ph., the two students could still partake in the Summer Camp program for five days at HKUST.

This opportunity results from good relations and strong collaboration built by FMAE lecturers with university partners abroad so that FMAE students get a golden opportunity to deepen their knowledge and broaden their horizons on the international stage.

Lab Tour

During their visit, Ridho and Nayottama went on a campus tour and attended a seminar on doctoral student progress. There, Ridho and Nayottama were also actively involved in discussions regarding aircraft design applications that are not currently possible but have potential in the future. Apart from that, Ridho and Nayottama held a sharing session with HKUST students; they exchanged information about research carried out in the HKUST lab (Octad Laboratory) and research in the FMAE lab (Flow Science and Engineering Laboratory).

“We share their work at the Octad Laboratory and our research at the Flow Science and Engineering Laboratory, or, in other words, exchange information with each other,” said Ridho.

Ridho and Nayottama also encountered several intriguing differences regarding HKUST. They found that the research conducted at HKUST is significantly more diverse and extensive than that within the Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMAE). Ridho and Nayottama observed that research at HKUST often revolves around sports, which constitutes an intriguing aspect of the university’s research focus.

Moreover, HKUST employs a distinct laboratory system in contrast to FMAE, wherein each professor possesses an individual laboratory.

Furthermore, Ridho and Nayottama were praised for their superior presentation abilities. HKUST considered their presentation skills very impressive, starting from getting used to not seeing the presentation on the screen, being able to interact directly with the audience, and so on. Ridho and Nayottama received direct praise from HKUST professors for their presentation skills.

Following their visit to HKUST, Ridho and Nayottama acknowledged that their enthusiasm for research has significantly heightened. They found inspiration in the research endeavors undertaken by HKUST students. Ridho and Nayottama are confident that FMAE harbors the potential to compete at a comparable level with HKUST, notwithstanding the awareness of a considerable disparity in rankings between FMAE and HKUST.