The portability of Quanser Shake Table II is an added advantage that enables UCIST to reach prospective students outside the University campus. Washington University’s ‘Moving and Shaking…Introduction to Engineering’ program was launched to help attract young high-school students to engineering. “We do not know how much impact these activities have,” admits Prof. Dyke, “but we truly hope that some of these kids will pursue a career in engineering.”
How successful is the UCIST project? Well, in less than 10 years, UCIST has grown substantially and embarked on a new phase of its evolutiuon. With over 100 universities from U.S. and abroad joining as members, additional funding was secured to utilize the latest cyberinfrastructure capabilities developed by the National Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). In this phase, UCIST will focus on developing teleparticipation and teleoperation experiments. That will allow to expand hands-on experience to students whose Universities are not able to acquire shake tables.
“It has been a lot of fun working with Quanser equipment and teaching students things they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see, the experiments that show them how theory and real world are interconnected,” summarizes Prof. Dyke her positive experience with Quanser.
“Developing the Shake Table II system for UCIST has been a very rewarding experience and was pivotal for Quanser,” adds Dr. Jacob Apkarian, Founder and CTO of Quanser. “This initiative and collaboration has allowed us to expand our range of exciting control experiments to a wider global audience.”