UB COVID-19 Sterilization Robot wins spirit of Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2020

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COVID-19 Sterilization Robot by Apatte62 UB team. (Photo: UB)

IO, Malang – UB COVID-19 Sterilization Robot succeeded in bringing Apatte62 Brawijaya University (UB) Team a win in the Spirit of Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia 2020 competition. A joint Mechanical and Electrical Engineering team won 1st place at the Asian level by defeating the Sapuangin ITS team, the Semeru UM team, as well as teams from Korea, the Philippines and Singapore. 

The Spirit of Shell Eco-Marathon 2020 itself is a new category in the SEM international competition, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is divided into three regions: America, Europe and Asia. “Because of this pandemic, SEM opens the Spirit of SEM category. The assessment of this category focuses on four criteria, which include persistence, enthusiasm, empathy, and technological development innovation during the pandemic,” explained Biaggi Rahmat, General Manager of the Apatte 62 Team, to UB Public Relations, Wednesday (28/10/2020). 

This Virus Sterilization Robot is the result of collaboration between the UB-Tech Team and the UB COVID-19 Task Force, developed since April 2020. This robot can be controlled remotely, thus avoiding direct contact with the robot operator. 

“Alhamdulillah, one of the dreams of the Apatte 62 team has come true, to win the Shell Eco Marathon competition. Hopefully in the future, it will become a good start and increase the team spirit to develop vehicle technology more and can bring our alma mater to be the champion in future competitions,” said Biaggi. 

The Apatte 62 team itself consists of several Mechanical Engineering UB (TMUB) and Electrical Engineering (TEUB) students; besides Biaggi are Muhammad Alfian Ambong, Calvin Fajar, Aulia Rahma Dieny, Miftah Sholahuddin, Reyhan Nabil, Irfan Nadhif, Fahri Fauzan, Reza Baramardhika, Devin Anindya, Exsel Sukmajati, Rafif Ezrha Pragiwaka, and Adji Wicaksono. Meanwhile, the UB Tech team consists of Bayu Abi Pamungkas (TEUB), Nauval Aryawiratama (TEUB), Ario Prasojo (TEUB), Charis Maulana (TEUB), Bram Ainur Rohman (TEUB), Naufan Rikza Ahmada (TEUB), Shofwan Jaharulfalah (TMUB), and Shanda Ismaya (TMUB). 

With this achievement, the Apatte 62 Team hopes that this innovation can be mass-produced and will prove beneficial to the community, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We hope that this achievement can increase the spirit to continue achieving, and make the alma mater and Indonesia proud,” said Biaggi, on behalf of the team. 

On the award night, host Norman Koch, Global General Manager of Shell Eco-marathon, announced the winners of each region, as follows: the American Regional Winner is the Taq Balam Team from Guatemala, the European Regional Winner is the Unilag Team from Nigeria, and the Asian Regional Champion is the Apatte 62 Team from Indonesia. 

Not stopping here, currently the Apatte 62 team is preparing for the 2020 Energy Saving Car Competition (KMHE) which was delayed due to the pandemic and the upcoming 2021 Shell Eco Marathon. (est)