Elimination Round of CASE-IN International Engineering Championship Held at SUSU

The finals of the elimination round of the annual student league of CASE-IN International Engineering Championship were held at South Ural State University.

The Championship was organized by Nadezhnaya Smena (Reliable Take-over) Foundation, Youth Forum of the Mining Industry Leaders Non-profit Partnership, and AstraLogika LLC. The co-organizer of the League on Electrical Power Engineering is the Association of the Russian National Committee of International Council of Large Electric Systems.

Director of the SUSU Polytechnic Institute Sergey Vaulin notes the importance of this event for South Ural State University.

“One of the strategic fields of the Polytechnic Institute and SUSU in general is project training. It is important to us that students master the project method in all fields: humanities, economics, engineering. The labour market of today demands that graduates starting their careers at enterprises get into work immediately and begin suggesting new solutions on improvement of production processes.”

Sergey Vaulin also explains why the Arctic Region became the topic of the championship.

“We provide our graduates with methodology on how one should be working in modern conditions. Students learn to solve tasks and problems which our state or various regions of our country face. In this case this is the Arctic Region – it is huge and has its own problems and difficulties, but it is of strategic importance to our country. Every year the number of our participants increases, and I’m very happy about it!”

This year students of the Power Engineering Faculty and the Faculty of Material Science and Metallurgical Technologies presented their solutions on the issue of Development of the Arctic Region. Over 20 projects were presented by the students regarding improvements for this eternally cold region.

Competent jury chaired by Dean of the SUSU Power Engineering Faculty Sergey Gandzha, Dean of the SUSU Faculty of Material Science and Metallurgical Technologies Mikhail Ivanov, chief specialist on survey and new technologies at Vyksa Iron and Steel Works Aleksandr Muntin, and Head of the Service of Automated Systems of Dispatching Administration of the Branch of SO EES JSC Chelyabinsk Regional Dispatching Administration Maksim Del announced the contest finalists.

TN-C and Ekstremum teams won the first prizes, and that means that they will be representing South Ural State University at the CASE-IN Finals in Moscow on May 30-31, 2018.

“We had a task of decreasing the accidents rate and increasing reliability of electric power networks in the Arctic Region, in particular in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Our team had a long discussion and did a lot of thinking on how to solve this task best. In the end we combined the best ideas in our project and won the 1st prize!” says student of the 4th year of studies of the Polytechnic Institute and leader of TN-C team Damir Galiev.

Student of the 4th year of studies of the Polytechnic Institute and leader of Ekstremum team Maksim Gafarov shares on how his team managed to win.

“Our team developed 2 new grades of steel. We engineered a relevant technology of steel alloying, calculated the economic effect, introduced several structure solutions, and wrote 1 software. That’s why we made it to the finals!”

Let us recall that CASE-IN International Engineering Championship is a federal case-championship in the course of which students of the major technical universities of Russia and the near abroad are solving engineering cases – practical tasks based on actual production situations in the companies of the fuel-and-energy complex and the sector of mineral resources and raw materials.

In 2018 over 4,000 students from 52 universities will be competing under six sector-related categories: Geological Prospecting; Mining; Metallurgy; Oil-and-gas Industry; Petroleum Chemistry; and Electric Power Generating Industry. New CASE-IN season starts February 20, 2018 and will include more than 120 elimination rounds and Grand Finals to be held in Moscow late in May 2018.

The Championship will be held at the support of the leading companies of the fuel-and-energy complex and the sector of mineral resources and raw materials, such as: SO EES JSC; Transneft Energy, LLC; Rosneft Oil Company PJSC, SIBUR LLC; FGC UES PJSC; SUEK JSC; EuroChem; ROSGEO JSC; MICROMINE; EMCO Ltd.; Siberian Anthracite JSC; EVRAZ; IMC Montan LLC; RusHydro PJSC; NLMK PJSC; RUSAL; Sverdlovskiy Branch of T Plus Group; Saratovskiy Branch of T Plus Group; Prosoft-Systems LLC; Vyksa Iron and Steel Works ‑ OMK.


Marina Kovyazina; photo by: Oleg Igoshin
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