Workshop on International Research Collaboration: Case Studies in Mechanical Engineering Field


YOGYAKARTA (DN),- Collaboration in research holds a critical role in optimizing the contribution and impact of its outcomes. To efficiently run the collaborative effort, a mutual trust to be firstly forged which incrementally builds up to form a successful long-term relationship. The members of National Centre for Sustainable Transportation Technology (NCSTT) in Indonesia are in need to acquire such knowledge and best practices. For instance, the role of initiation phase is highly critical as much as the maintaining phase, with work demarcation on how to deal with sharing of tasks and responsibilities among the involved parties has to be defined at the earliest possible stage. Overall, a number of skills would need to be built including the negotiation skill which leads to a productive mutual relationship with high-quality outcomes.
A workshop on “International Research Collaboration: Case Studies in Mechanical Engineering Field” is intended to improve the CCR-NCSTT researchers’ capacity on initiating the research collaboration with a focus on the international relationship. To sharpen the objective, case studies related to mechanical engineering field will be critically discussed in the workshop. This workshop is part of several active joint international partnerships: Institut Teknologi Bandung - Indonesia, Tokyo Institute of Technology - Japan, University of Oxford - UK, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA. For the Indonesia - USA initiate, it is part of the MIT Professional Education program. For the Indonesia - UK initiative, it is part of Industry-Academia Partnership Programme of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Kikuo Kishimoto, Dean School of Environment and Society – Tokyo Institute of Technology has shared the valuable point for preparing the international level publication. One of them is the needs to have courage when it comes to creating the academic publication, and the fear of rejection is not necessary because it is the part of the process. On the second day, Dr. Fauzan Adziman from the University of Oxford shared his precious experience in pursuing the academic career path with a lot of obstacles yet fruitful in the end. University of Oxford has many cultural differences with Indonesia, which also bring the new insight and lesson on how to build the sustainable research collaboration. One of them is concerning the economic impact to the very detailed aspect which can be applied for determining the vision of the research center in Indonesia.
Dr. Danardono Dwi Prija Tjahjana from Sebelas Maret University, the participant of MIT Professional Education Program, funded by USAID SHERA also shared his two-weeks experience with the topic of “Additive Manufacturing (AM): From Prototyping to Production”*. AM has concerned to be the future of printing since it has many advantages compared to conventional printing, such as lower cost for more production units, high-speed, and more customizable. Dr. Danardono has also got the hands-on experiences in Extrusion Fused Filament Fabrication, and Stereolithography technology. Stereolithography is the AM technology which converts liquid materials into solid parts by selectively curing them using a light source.***
*The workshop material can be accessed here.

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