GenNovative'35 Wows at Unveiling and Test Run
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Prior to competing in Singapore for the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) 2017, Universiti Brunei Darussalam's (UBD) Team GenNext Pejuang unveiled its new Prototype Battery Electric Car, GenNovative'35 and held a test run on 8th February 2017.
 
The team and GenNovative'35 will be among 120 teams of students from 20 countries across the Asian region competing in Singapore from 16th to 19th March 2017.
 
Present as guest of honour at the unveiling held at the Integrated Science Building was the Vice-Chancellor of UBD Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz. Also present were representatives from Green Brunei; UBD principal officers; lecturers; students and UBD SEMA 2017 sponsors.
 
Following a thrilling two laps driven by the petite 154cm tall Nurul Hafizan Husaini, invited guests were given a tour of the UBD SEM's dedicated office and workshop which housed the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car, Nakhoda. It placed 3rd in its category at SEM Asia 2015 in Manila, Philippines, a breakthrough record that came only three years after UBD's first participation in the competition in 2012.
 
Team Leader of UBD SEM 2017 Muhammad Mu’az Hj Imran said that the GenNovative'35 was a result of six months of intensive research and planning. But on top of the technical aspects of numerous calculations and meticulous construction, the team also had to work hard to secure sponsorship, exercising their communication and entrepreneurial skills in addition to their technical know-how. The 22-year old Systems Engineering student at the Faculty of Integrated Technologies, UBD hopes that the vehicle can live up to Nakhoda's benchmark and do the country proud. "There's more competition in this category," he said. "But we're ready."
 
The event was held to raise awareness on SEM; which promotes innovativeness, experiential learning as well as entrepreneurial thinking. Helping to build up and expand the team's network, it also means to encourage more collaborations and build relationships between students, private companies and government agencies while raising awareness on the use of alternative energy.
 
Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) is a unique competition that challenges students to design, build and drive a vehicle that can travel the furthest distance on the least amount of fuel. The competition is part of Shell’s ‘Mobility’ campaign in finding more innovative ways and developing more energy-efficient fuels and lubricants; and helping to reduce CO2 emissions. It also provides a unique opportunity to push the boundaries of design and build the cars of tomorrow.
 
The UBD SEM project is student-centred where a team of inter-faculty students from multidisciplinary backgrounds are able to utilise their skills and share their knowledge. Requiring students to be innovative in designing, building and driving an energy efficient vehicle, the project also involves them in practicing different engineering and entrepreneurial skills. This coincides with UBD's vision to make its students industry-ready as well as give them the correct entrepreneurial skills to directly enter the workplace upon completion of their studies.

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