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KTH Formula Student Team – The Coolest Engineering Project at KTH!

Hej again!!!!

Getting to be a part of the KTH Formula Student team is undeniably the most amazing thing that happened to me at KTH! I want to do my master’s in Electric Power Engineering with a special focus on Electric vehicles and this is the best team to start the journey with! 😀

Who are we?

KTH Formula Student team is a project run entirely by students, where we build our own race car to compete in the Formula Student competitions. The team was founded in the year 2003 by Dr. Fredrik Westin, a former PhD student at KTH. Since then, years have passed, many versions of our car have been made and the project has witnessed many student teams every year, one thing that remained within us and has grown on us is the spirit to make the best and the Most Amazing Car! We are The KTH Formula Student Team- the coolest Engineering project team on the campus! Ever!!

What is Formula Student?

Formula Student is one of the most renowned motorsport competition in Europe that is entirely meant for engineering students. Student teams across the globe design and build a one-seat race car to compete with each other in several events- static and dynamic as we call it. The static events include judging the design, cost report and design presentation of the teams whereas the dynamic events include tests in acceleration, endurance, energy efficiency etc. We can talk more about the events in the later posts 🙂

The competition is based on the assumption that the car is manufactured for production and so it is important for us to design and manufacture the car in that perspective- an awesome car at an economical price! Formula Student is partnered by many acclaimed industry giants to encourage students to be innovative and to inspire them to take up a career in engineering.

What is so special about the team??!

Well, to begin with, we are a bunch of 80 students, from different academic backgrounds and of course different countries, and, we all work together to manufacture the most amazing super cool car ever! I’m not even exaggerating that! We design, manufacture and test every component of the car ourselves!  Most of the components are manufactured in-house at our garage on the campus.

That’s not all. The experience one can gain from being in the team is immense! We are much like a proper automotive company. We have multiple subgroups within the project that handle tasks related to Powertrain, Electronics, Vehicle Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Composites, etc. We even have a management team to handle human resources. We also follow standard industry practices not only in the making of our car but also in how we operate within the team. Considering, this is a project that was founded in 2003 and we make a new car every year, we maintain all the information and documents specific to each year’s car in our data repository for version control. We use standard communication tools and have web-based project management workspaces. Since I have two years of industry experience, I can tell you that this team and the practices within the team mirrors a typical industry work environment and this is exactly why it is such a great opportunity to be a part of KTH Formula Student Team!

The learning is immeasurable, not only do we gain the knowledge about practical applications in our own track but also end up learning about the car as a whole ’cause of the fact that we collaborate with all the other sub-groups within the project. Such a holistic learning experience is beyond comparison, indeed!

Also, we are not only backed by different labs at KTH but also by our awesome industry partners. Apart from providing us with monetary, hardware and software support, our partners also give us their valuable professional and academic guidance that has always been the shaping factor of the team and has made us who we are today. Also, the students in the team have the opportunity to do their thesis within the project, or also in collaboration with our industry partners and the team.

So, now, do you agree with me that it’s indeed a dream project for KTH students?  Definitely! 🙂

How did I make it into the team?

Everything in Sweden, in general, is driven by well-defined procedures, and KTH Formula Student Team is no different! We had a very comprehensive interview process to recruit this year’s new student members.

There was an application process that tested our knowledge through quizzes. We even had specific tasks assigned to applicants to gauge our knowledge and interest in our chosen track. For example, one of the tasks I had to do was to model a controller for the motor using Simulink. This was followed by a one-to-one interview process with the project leaders. And, cracking which, led me to be a part of the team 🙂

So, now I am working as part of the powertrain group in the project. Oh! wait! I am still in the probation period right now. We’ll be confirmed in a months time. Anyway, I am quite hopeful about it. Haha, I told you that we mirror industry standards. Believe me now?

Well, Let me not get the post too long, So stay tuned to hear more about the car, the project and our plans for this year. We are planning something amazing….wait till next week to know about it 🙂

Btw, don’t forget to visit our webpage – KTH Formula Student Team

And, do follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

See you soon!

~Sindhu

 

Following the Leaders

You might be a future student, a soon-to-be graduated alumni from KTH, or just someone who crossed along with this blog. No matter who you are, you will be part sooner or later of the workforce that thrives our economy; but how much do you know about the environmental commitment that companies have nowadays?

It’s well known that some companies invest large amounts of money when it comes to their participation in political activities. These policy makers based their goals on bringing value to their stakeholders; but how does this affect our environment?

As you may know, Stockholm is a hub for innovation and environmental protection start-ups and based on Bloomberg’s information, is the home country for a company that leads pro-climate policies. Which företag am I talking about? A hint, it has the colors of the Swedish flag in its logo…

Ikea is not only a “green” policy maker, is a company that aims to work with 100% renewable energy by 2020. Some of Ikea’s accomplished commitments are:

  • Implementations of new standards for fewer and safer chemicals.
  • Phased out incandescent bulbs from their stores.
  • Waste into resources. Less than 15% from Ikea’s trash goes to landfills.
  • Supply chain. Sourcing raw materials to protect the environment.

Do you know these other companies? I think is no surprise that the petrochemical industry kind of fights against miljöskydd and stronger rules for less GHG emissions. As a matter of fact, the AP7 (Sweden’s largest pension fund), has sold in June 2017 its investments in 6 companies including giant petrochemical ExxonMobil because “they had fought against introducing climate legislation in the US”; this goes against the Paris agreement signed by all nations except Syria, Nicaragua and the U.S.

What do you think? Would you like to work for a pro environmental protection company? I would totally do! 😀

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Banking for International Students in Sweden


For new students that would be in Sweden for more than a year, you may be thinking of opening a bank account. You can find general information on the documents required to open a bank account in Sweden here.

Making the final decision for which bank to choose was more problematic than I envisioned and this is because I had to research for the services the various banks offered for international students. If you’re still trying to decide and just do not have time to go through every bank’s website. You are reading the right post! This post is a summary of the information you may want to know about the services some banks offer for international students.

NORDEA

To open a bank account at Nordea you need these:

  • Letter of acceptance from your University
  • Swedish ID
  • If you plan to transfer your tuition, it is best to take along with you the official document that shows the amount of your tuition.

Nordea offers the following services:

  • Savings Account
  • Transfer Account
  • Internet Bank
  • Mobile Bank
  • Telephone bank with personalized service 24 hours a day
  • Debit card
  • Swish

The charges for the above banking services are presently SEK21/month and will be deducted monthly from your account.

Please note that the above services are for students studying for more than one semester.  If you are studying for only one semester, Nordea can offer you a savings account which you can use to deposit or withdraw money at Nordea offices during banking hours but you cannot receive a bank card or online banking.

SEB

If you do not have a Swedish Identity Number,(personnummer), these are the services SEB can offer :

  • Personal bank account
  • Maestro card (SEK15/month)
  • Savings account
  • Online banking
  • payment service for internet  (this costs SEK120/year)

To open this account, you need to bring the following documents:

  • Certificate from the school you are attending including the study duration
  • Residence permit
  • Valid ID, please bring your passport

If you have a personnummer, then these services are available:

  • Personal bank account
  • Maestro card or SEB card
  • Internet banking with payment service
  • Personal telephone banking services in English
  • Savings account

For the services listed above, you pay SEK35 monthly. However, you need to bring your Swedish ID card.

For students with the Swedish ID, the services offered by SEB are free.

HANDELSBANKEN

This offers the following service:

  • Personal bank account
  • Maestro card (sek300/year – this fee only applies after the first year)
  • Telephone banking self-service
  • Savings account
  • Mobile banking
  • Internet banking

To open this account, you need to bring the following documents:

  • Valid ID, please bring your passport
  • Personnummer

If you’re from the EU, you do not need a Swedish ID to open an account here.

For this bank, the Maestro card is all you get as a student as the other options are only available if you are working and your salary comes in through the bank.

ICA BANK

For ICA, you get the following  services:

  • Master card
  • Banking via web, app and shop
  • No withdrawal fees
  • Double bonus when shopping on ICA with your ICA Bank Card
  • Welcome present: ICA extra virgin olive oil  750 ml

These services listed above are free, which means you pay nothing each month. However, if you want to use SWISH you need to have a Swedish ID.

Since the process to open an ICA bank is all online. Listed below are the steps involved to make it easier for you if you choose to open an account with ICA.

Step 1: Click on this link –  Student banking at ICA Then, choose the option that applies to you.

Step 2: Unless you already have a mobilebankID, you should click the other option.(To have a mobilebankID, you must have a Swedish bank account already).

Step 3: Fill the form and submit!

ICA will send you a mail in a week, containing your contract details (2 copies).

Step 4: Sign one and send one back to them in the pre-paid envelope they have provided.

About five days after you send the post, you will get your “ICA Banken” debit card by mail and a text message notifying you that your security “box” has arrived. However, if you are not home, the security “box” would not be dropped off in your mailbox instead you get a slip that tells you where to collect it. This is because you need to show a valid means of identification in order to collect it.

STEP 6: The letter you receive would give you instructions on how to activate the “box”

STEP 7: Once you activate the box, ICA would send you a final letter called “rekommenderade brev” which would enable you to activate your debit card on here

STEP 8: Select the option “logga in med dosa” and click “personlig dosa”(security box)

Your card is activated!

Download the ICA Banken app.

DANSKE BANK

It was really hard getting anyone who has an account to give a personal opinion but from their website, they actually offer free services to international students.

These are the services they offer:

  • Personalised counselling
  • Mastercard Direct
  • Mastercard Bankcard
  • Accounts
  • Internet banking + internet development
  • Mobile and tablet apps
  • Swish
  • Travel insurance

To register, click on the link below:

Student banking at Danske

You register online and then they ask you to go to the bank to verify your passport and Swedish ID. Then your account is set up!

 SBAB

So, I heard about this bank because I was so curious on how you hardly hear about a savings account that pays interest. So, with SBAB, you get a 0.65% interest rate and you can save monthly. It is all done virtually. Here is the link if you are interested in knowing more or you want to open such an account:

SBAB information

 

There goes the end of the list and I hope this post helps you make your decision!

This post won’t have been possible without help from the following people: Hsin Ting, Lian Yi, Ioannis Thermos and  Andres Amezcua. Thanks, guys!

KTH Master’s Challenge 2018

The Big Challenge is back!!!!

This time not just in India but in Indonesia too!

Hello !!!!I

I sound excited? well, I am! KTH Master’s Challenge is back again this year and is every reason to be excited about! Powered by Sqore again and backed up by Industry partners like Scania, SAAB and Formulate IP. And yes, the competition invites participants from India and Indonesia!

So my fellow friends, if you’re planning to do master’s or if you know someone who is, HIT THE LINK or spread the word!

The wait is sure longer, the work is harder, but the fruit is definitely the sweetest!  All the other KTH applicants start their process by early January and fly to Sweden during August, almost  8 months! But, Master’s challenge contestants start their journey in early October, that’s like 3 extra months of the wait than the others! The awesome part is that you will receive your results in Jan, so you will have soooooooo much time to prepare to head north!

Anyway, Let’s talk about the competition…..

Competition details – India

Do you know that KMC is running for the FIFTH time in India? We have quite a history together 🙂

THE GRAND PRIZE: A Full Tuition Fee Waiver! 2,300,000 INR!*

The competition offers the opportunity to study a two-years Master’s degree in one of the four programmes below, on a complete tuition fee waiver!

Competition details – Indonesia

THE GRAND PRIZE: A Full Tuition Fee Waiver! 475 million IDR!*

And, Below are the two programmes that are in the contest.

Do you know that I am also a part of the KTH Formula Student Team? well, now you do! 😛 When I see these two programmes, I can feel a glowing bulb inside my head because

Machine Learning + Vehicle Engineering  = Super Cool Cars 😛

Of course, you need to add more engineering fields to the equation. But, this kinda sums up, don’t you think? I’ll tell you more about Formula Student in my coming posts, We are planning something AWESOME this year! so stay tuned for further really interesting updates 🙂

The competition process

Dates to remember

So, Why KTH?

I know as an engineer that nothing talks to us better than numbers. So here are the figures!

QS Ranking – 2018

  • #23 – Subject Ranking – Architecture
  • #26 – Engineering – Electrical and Electronics
  • #29 – Engineering and Technology
  • #39 – Engineering – Mechanical
  • #94 – Graduate Employability Ranking
  • #98 – World University ranking

Times Higher Education World University Rankings-2017

  • #36 – Engineering and Technology

US News Best Global University subject Rankings – 2017

  • #31 – Engineering

Don’t see your programme listed on the KTH Master’s Challenge? Worry not, we have a ton of other Scholarships for the deserving 🙂

  1. KTH Scholarship
  2. KTH One-year Scholarship
  3. KTH Joint Programme Scholarship 
  4. KTH India Scholarship
  5. Visby Programme Scholarships for students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine
  6. Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme for students from Turkey
  7. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa for students from South Africa

Also, visit this page for more scholarship details 🙂 Do hunt the web for organizations that give scholarships for students from developing countries or to those studying a particular academic stream. There are many women’s organizations that help fund your master’s degree. The web has it all 🙂

For more information, please visit the contest page – https://www.kthchallenge.com/

To know about my KTH master’s challenge experience – Click Here

You think you can handle some publicity in the campus? Read my previous post and comment the answer to feature on my blog!

Good Luck!!!

 

I will see ya soon, Bye 🙂

*approximate value, Cannot be exchanged for cash and non- transferable! The THRUST programme scholarship covers one year of tuition.

Nobel Prize… for Sustainability?

Nobel Prize week has just kicked off and I presume that we all have heard about these prizes taking place here in Stockholm, Sweden. These priser date back to the 19th century when Alfred Nobel made a fortune for his invention of dynamite  in 1866. Before dying, he stated in his testament that his fortune (around $210 million USD nowadays) was meant to be invested to recognize yearly the brightest minds among 5 fields (chemistry, physics, medicine, literature and peace); resulting on the money being the basis to create what we know today as the Nobel Foundation. Unfortunately, there’s no Nobel Prize for Sustainability research… yet☝️.

Doing some research I came across with this foundation called Katerva. Based in London as a seven-years-old nonprofit that aims to recognize and support the brightest projects in the field of Sustainability around the world, Katerva Awards are divided into 10 categories:

  • Food Security
  • Behavioral Change
  • Economy
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Gender Equality
  • Materials & Resources
  • Human Development
  • Energy & Power
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design

Terry Waghorn, an author and former consultant at KPMG, is the mind behind this project. The nominees are proposed by different famous names within the field of Hållbarhet such as Peter White, Vice President and COO of WBCSD. The projects go through 6 different stages where they are graded based on their feasibility, marketability, originality and impact, until there’s only 1 winner for each category.

When it comes to the prize, no, there’s no money involved as the 1.1 million USD given by the Nobel Foundation for each full prize, but the Katerva foundation is growing and receiving sponsorship from different companies; for example, in 2013 prize-winning forskning “Bioneedle” had an award ceremony at the House of Lords in London and received some $500,000 USD worth of services from EY and Deloitte.

Wouldn’t it be nice being awarded for contributing to the environment?

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And she was astonished…


If you’re reading this right now, WELCOME ON BOARD! This is my first post as a KTH Student blogger (YAY!) and what better way to get this exciting part of my journey started than to let you in on the first few “Stockholm Signatures” that caught my attention.

So, I moved to Stockholm a month ago and it has been interesting so far. “Interesting” feels like an odd adjective to describe the beauty that Stockholm holds but this post is about the first five things that caught my attention in my first week!

Without further ado, let’s get the ball rolling:

GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS

The above icon means the restroom is regardless of gender and to my astonishment, most of the restrooms even at the University have signs like this. I found this very surprising because, in Nigeria, I can’t imagine boys and girls using the same restroom. The thought alone cracks me up! I recall having to use the restroom at the central station and the sign just read “toalett”. I walked in and only saw men! (lol). My natural instincts told me,” Oluchi, you might be in the wrong place” but I had three seconds conversation with myself where I said, “you’re in Sweden; this is totally normal” (LOL!)

CHILD REARING DUTIES

source: genderpowersexuality.wordpress.com/page/2/
source: sweden.se/society/gender-equality-in-sweden

These pictures above are very prevalent in Stockholm. As shocking as it is to see this a lot, I absolutely love it!  So, the same way we have maternity leave in Nigeria and in most part of the world, the Swedes have parental leave.  Parents can share the 480 days between themselves of paid parental leave when the child is born or adopted.

CLEAN YOUR TABLES AFTER EATING

You know that sense of entitlement about not cleaning up after eating in public and letting “some people who have those set of duties in their job description take care of your mess?” This ideology has to be erased from your mind. Yes, there are some restaurants that you do not need to clean up after yourself but some like the ones in IKEA and McDonalds and most restaurants at the KTH Campus operate in this way. So, after eating, you throw your trash away, stack your dirty tray in the provided area for that. In summary, you clean up your table for the next person.  So, why is it on this list? Because even in small school cafeterias in Nigeria, most of us do not clean up after eating. There are actual people who have it in their job descriptions to do just that (LOL!) To me, it was an interesting twist and look at it this way, you just eat and then leave seconds after. You do not need to wait for your check or have to tip anyone.

WOMEN AT WORK

I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and during those five years and beyond, it has been glaring to me how unlikely you find women taking technical jobs independently. Let’s get past engineering, you hardly see women as drivers for the public transport system and even when you do, they are in the minority.  However, in my first week, I was astonished when I was walking down Brinnelvägen and a lady was working all by herself at the construction site. As I was still basking in my new finding, I got to the bus station and guess who the driver was? A woman! You might say it may be two out of 100 but I beg to differ. I am studying sustainable energy engineering and to the best of my knowledge, we have an equal ratio of boys to girls in my programme. Personally, I love this! It shows Sweden is really on the forefront of gender equality in the workplace.

DRINKING WATER FROM THE WASHROOM BASINS

This is something I had to get used to seeing a lot, especially at the university. Some people just come into the restrooms just to get drinking water from the same sinks you may wash your hand in after using the restroom. So, yes, tap water has proven to be very safe in Sweden and because of this, you find most people with water bottles as opposed to buying bottled water when they are out of their houses.

 

So, there goes my list of the first five things that caught my attention in the first week. Does my list match yours? I would love to hear from you.