Two MSE undergraduate students won the Champion Prize in the AY2020/2021 Ian Ferguson Innovation Challenge (IFIC) for the project TERRAPIN– A Temperature-Controllable Thermal Flask. The team of Muhammad Naziruddin Bin Mohd Ali and Pang Pei Yi developed TERRAPIN thermal flask that aims to revolutionize the reusable water bottle industry by incorporating a unique temperature control that allows for heating and cooling of the liquid inside. Situated in the cap of the flask is a thermoelectric cooler (TEC), which utilizes the Peltier Effect and is capable of heating up to 100 degrees Celsius or cool down to - 40 degrees Celsius. This allows the flask to heat or cool its contents rapidly. This temperature can then be held for extended periods through vacuum insulated walls.
The IFIC is supported by the Ian Ferguson Foundation. It is an annual ground-up, student-centric catalyst to spur innovation, encourage prototype development and develop an entrepreneurial mindset among students at MSE. Projects submitted are relevant to materials science and engineering and the teams have to demonstrate creativity and provide original and practical solutions to an engineering problem. They can also choose to prototype their project.