Steps and Leaps Forward: An Intra-NSU Tech-Talk Contest

Event Date: July 25, 2019

Program Details

IEEE NSU Student Branch along with its Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE AG) as well as Power and Energy Society (PES), Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and Industrial Applications Society (IAS) Student Chapters are organizing an Intra-NSU tech-talk Contest on New Directions in Space Technology to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing this year.

Students are invited to choose a current topic from Space Technology and prepare an exciting presentation covering any recent advancement in the field, new challenges, state-of-the-art engineering feats, or any subject matter of inspiration and innovation in the intersecting domain of STEM and Space. Participants can sign up as individuals or as teams and are requested to choose from any of the following selected themes:

• Women In Space
• Power and Energy in Space
• Robotics and Automation In Space
• The Booming Space Industry

After choosing a topic and researching on it, participants are requested to submit their title and abstract within 250 words. Finalists will be invited after being selected from the abstract submissions and they will be given the opportunity to present their talk. Winners will be chosen based on presentation and content. The goal is to inform the audience about new directions in Space Tech in the most entertaining and informative manner possible within the short period of time.
• Any currently enrolled student of North South University can participate.

Type: Competition

Organizers:
1. IEEE NSU Student Branch
2. IEEE NSU Women in Engineering Affinity Group
3. IEEE NSU Power and Energy Student Branch Chapter
4. IEEE NSU Robotics and Automation Student Branch Chapter
5. IEEE NSU Industrial Applications Student Branch Chapter

Topic Breakdown:

Women in Space: The first women astronaut to successfully land on the moon was Soviet Astronaut Valentina Tereshkova, but it took another 20 years for another woman to fly in the space. Over the years, women astronauts have faced bizarre questions, including if going to space would affect their child-rearing ability. But today, women have come a long way, overcoming a lot of struggles and hurdles along the way. You can focus on the latest involvement of women in space exploration and the challenges faced by them.

Power and Energy in Space: Power and energy is a big concern in space exploration. Many satellites use solar energy as its source of power. Again, some satellites like the Voyager 1 carry its own power source, an early radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), which converts the heat generated from the natural decay of its radioactive fuel into electricity. The reason behind this is that beyond our solar system is a cold dark region where solar panels won’t come to any use. Researchers are still searching for a more useful and long-lasting power source. We are looking forward to hearing such recent advancements on power and energy and newer ways of harnessing energy from space and powering up the space missions.

Robotics and Automation in Space: All the other planets in our solar system and the ones beyond it that have been discovered are uninhabitable for humans. In the future, we may be able to colonize those planets, but before that, we need to survey the planets and look for as many similarities as we can find. For this purpose, robots are a must. At this very moment, a robot called Curiosity is exploring the planet Mars and sending us valuable data based on which the scientists are trying to decide where to land, where to set camp and how to colonize Mars. Also, in the International Space Station, there are three robotic teammates named Astrobee who help the astronauts with their chores. In this regard, a talk on state-of-the-art space robotics and what the robotics enthusiasts are working on to make space exploration easier will be more than welcome.

The Booming Space Industry: According to a prediction by the Bank of America in 2017, the space industry will be worth nearly three trillion dollars in thirty years. The most successful private aerospace company, SpaceX, has cut millions of dollars from rocket prices and has struck multiple deals with many government and non-government space agencies. One of the richest people in the world, the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has his own private aerospace company named Blue Origin. On the other hand, the Virgin group also created their own aerospace company, Virgin Galactic. The time is riper than it ever was to get involved in the space industry. You are welcome to talk about what made it possible for the space industry to reach its current position and how both the public and the private space agencies are working to shape the future of space exploration.

After choosing a topic and researching on it:

• Submit a title and abstract of what you want to present within 250 words.
• Finalists will be invited after being selected from the abstract submissions.
• Present your talk in the most engaging manner possible within 3 minutes in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Time will be strictly maintained.
• Winners will be chosen based on presentation and content. The goal is to inform the audience about new directions in Space Tech in the most entertaining and informative manner possible within a short period of time.

Presentation Duration: 3 minutes.

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