SIEGEN / Germany. A fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at GUtech, Alazhar Al Azri, gave a workshop on “Building a Smart System in a Digital Fabrication (FAB) Lab” at Siegen University in Germany. Worldwide there exist more than 1,800 FAB labs. “A Fabrication Lab is a digital laboratory where you can make almost anything. It includes laser cutters, 3D Printers or a CNC machine that can be used to build even a car, a bicycle or some medical parts. One of the main goals of Alazhar’s internship is to support the establishment of a “Fabrication Lab” in Oman and that is open to the community,” said Ali Al-Humairi, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and the Hardware Club Supervisor at GUtech. GUtech is planning to open a FAB Lab in cooperation with the FAB Lab of Siegen University. Alazhar who is also the president of the Hardware Club at GUtech is currently conducting his summer internship at Siegen University. “Training young Omani students like Alazhar is the first step towards establishing a Digital Fabrication Lab at GUtech,” said Ali Al-Humairi. The duration of a summer internship varies between 6-8 weeks. The main goal of the internship is to support the students learning process while applying the theoretical knowledge in practice. In addition, while traveling and working abroad, students learn about other cultures and languages.
GUtech has a number of laboratories on campus including a Hardware Laboratory, a Computer and Troubleshooting Laboratory, a Computer Network Laboratory in the Computer Science Department; and a Mechatronic and Measurement Technique Labs in the Engineering Department.