AGH UST Student Research Clubs with more grants
photo by KSAF AGH
Materials for biomedical applications during the colonisation of Mars, examination of glaciers in Iceland, chess match with a robot, autonomous drones for drug administration, a research stand for rocket engines for the space industry... This is just a small selection of projects that will be implemented in the near future by students from the AGH UST.
The financial support for our students oscillates around PLN 500,000. In total, 19 projects will receive funding within the framework of the university’s Priority Research Areas. The money comes from a competition organised by the IERU programme – Support for Student Research Clubs.
The funding was awarded to the following AGH UST research clubs (acc. to points received):
- Hefajstos (Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science; supervisor: Łukasz Lisiecki, DSc)
- AGH Space Systems (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics; supervisor: Mariusz Gibiec, DSc)
- Electrothermics (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, supervisor: Aleksander Skała, DSc)
- AGH Rapid Prototyping (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, supervisor: Jakub Baryła, MSc)
- Ceramit (Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, supervisor: Łukasz Gołek, DSc)
- Cosmodril (Faculty of Drilling, Oil, and Gas, supervisor: Adam Zwierzyński, DSc)
- AGH Drone Engineering (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, supervisor: Tymoteusz Turlej, DSc)
- Sensor (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, supervisor: Krzysztof Lalik, DSc)
- Bozon (Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, supervisor: Dr Beata Ostachowicz)
- Eko-Energia (Faculty of Energy and Fuels, supervisor: Maciej Żołądek, MSc)
- Avader (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, supervisor: Tomasz Kryjak, DSc)
- Ignis (Faculty of Energy and Fuels, supervisor: Wojciech Kalawa, MSc)
- Nucleus (Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, supervisor: Juliusz Leszczyński, DSc)
- Geologów (Faculty of Geology, Geophysics, and Environmental Protection, supervisor: AGH UST Professor Jaroslav Prasek)
- ProMOTOR (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, supervisor: Tomasz Lerch, DSc)
- Adamantium (Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, supervisor: Paweł Rutkowski, DSc)
- Mechatronics (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, supervisor: Dr hab. Piotr Kohut, DSc)
- New-Tech (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, supervisor: Tymoteusz Turlej, DSc)
- KiNeMaTicS (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, supervisor: Daniel Prusak, DSc)
Among the numerous projects, there are a few that merit special mention:
- Personalised foot prosthesis for indoor climbing, implemented by AGH Rapid Prototyping. The project will investigate the pros and cons of the selected materials, analyse the distribution of the strain field, and determine the spots that are most vulnerable to deformation in both the foot of an able-bodied person and the prosthetic foot during indoor climbing. Additionally, students will create a model of the prosthesis. The results of the project will certainly be useful for designers and creators of personalised prosthetic equipment.
- Improvement of the research stand for rocket engines for the needs of AGH Space Systems is a task in which the stand that is currently being developed will be equipped with additional measurement devices, allowing researchers to determine pressure in different sections of the tested engine. The entire structure, operated remotely, will be mounted in a special chamber on the premises of the Laboratory of Shooting Technology, which will prevent potential damage in the event of system failure.
- Administration of autonomous drugs and chemical substances. An idea from AGH Drone Engineering, which aims to develop an autonomous flying platform that will be able to administer selected medicines remotely. The drone is intended for the automation of agricultural processes; however, the potential spectrum of applications may be much broader. The unmanned flying vessel will be able to analyse its surroundings on its own, search for pathogens and the focal point of the disease or contamination and, without the help of the operator, administer appropriate drugs for the diagnosed diseases.
- The possibility of using organic duroplasts in the early stages of colonisation of Mars is a project implemented by Nucleus, aiming to investigate the properties of elements made of thermosetting polymers in terms of their potential applications on Mars. The chief focus of the project will be on the materials for biomedical applications, such as stabilisers and implants, which future colonists will be able to use in medical care during the initial stages of colonisation of Mars.
- S.OW.A – the use of a biomimetic system that mimics the structure of an owl’s feather is a project implemented by Sensor, whose objective is to create a new type of nature-inspired vanes for rotating machines. This new type of vanes will facilitate the reduction of acoustic emissions and dampen the noises made by drones or wind turbines. A significant soundproofing of the characteristic sound of rotors can open up new directions for application for such tools, e.g., in forests, where loud noises could scare off the animals under observation.
- Another project comes from the Cosmodrill Student Research Club: Lunar ilmenite, the raw material of the future, is the answer to the civilisational challenges related to the search for new power raw materials in space and to the building of the industrial space infrastructure. The project will be carried out in cooperation with an industrial partner, Solar System Resources Corporation, a Polish start-up company that originated at the AGH UST and is now dealing with space mining.
The projects that received funding include one that is interested in the investigation of glaciers. The Bozon student research club will examine greenhouse gas emissions from beneath the arctic icecaps in Iceland and in the neighbouring area. Such environments are the first to react to even the subtlest climate changes that occur on our planet. Therefore, measurements in that area can provide valuable information on the condition of the environment, allow scientists to predict its future, and find answers to problems caused by pollution and natural devastation.
The total sum of grants for 19 projects is a little more than PLN 481,000. The maximum amount of financial support for one club was PLN 30,000, which also makes up the average amount of funding granted. The research education path, which allows our students to learn and participate in the work of respective research clubs, in addition to providing them with invaluable experience, gives them the opportunity to get credit for a portion of their learning outcomes, i.e., obtain a number of ECTS points for being part of a research club. This means that students have the opportunity to carry out and implement projects, and at the same time, receive credit for classes on a par with other courses.