Drones for good

The School of Engineering at AUD welcomed representatives from the "Drones for Good" Award, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh MohammedBin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Government Summit in February 2014.

Around 50 students attended. The presentation informed and encouraged students to participate in the competition by bringing the highest level of innovation to the table and rewarding the best, most practical ideas for using UAV (unmanned aerial activities) technologies today to improve government services in the UAE.

Mr. Amer Abdulraoof, Senior Research Analyst at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and AUD Alumnus, inspired students to pitch their initial ideas to the senior government staff from the Prime Minister's Office. Abdulraoof explained their keenness on visiting campuses: "Students are the most innovative stakeholders. They have access to the latest education and they have an open horizon to be as creative as they want."

Agreeing with this statement, Dr. Alaa K Ashmawy, Dean of the School of Engineering at AUD, emphasized that "students are in a position to think creatively, they are in an environment that fosters innovation and this is what we need. The Engineering students at AUD have the vision and the School offers them the tools and mentors to see their ideas through. We have already witnessed a high interest in participation and are ready to help these teams of students succeed in any possible way."

Among them, Osama Al Maimani, AUD Engineering Student, shared plans of a drone that could deliver medical aid to those unable to reach help immediately."Waiting for ambulances can be risky. What if we just send a drone? There won't be any traffic and it'll be faster and can save lives," he explained.

Another AUD Engineering student, Wael Bou Ajram, pitched an idea for a Wi-Fi drone that would maximize the Wi-Fi signal on learning campuses and government buildings by hovering over areas it detects to have the most activity."The competition is a great opportunity and the prize is a great motivator, but the human aspect was much more important and rewarding,"comments Bou Ajram.