During the 2015 floods in Iraq, all the municipal agencies found themselves unable to respond to the severity of the situation and watched as cities drowned under heavy rain. The Department of Water Resources Techniques at the Baghdad Institute of Technology accepted the challenge of identifying the reasons behind the disaster and recommending a number of proposed solutions.
A group of students conducted a full investigation and reported its recommendations in a series of technical solutions. The second stage of the response is to implement these solutions at a model site. That chosen is the MTU complex in Zafaranya, a site which consists of six colleges and institutes. The third stage will be to commercialize the proposed strategy to the mayoralty of Baghdad and other municipalities.
The use of wireless technology by students to cheat in exams is a fast growing problem facing educational bodies in Iraq. Such cheating has been made possible by the rise in popularity of electronic devices which work on the principle of wireless communication, such as radios, mobiles, and even Bluetooth techniques, and which can be employed to exchange exam materials. The primary education sector in particular suffers extensively with this problem because of the huge number of students who are set only one type of question, a situation which makes cheating economically successful. The market for electronic cheating materials is now growing rapidly without the authorities seeming able to counteract it. However, the problem has started to creep into higher education institutes. All of these difficulties have pulled the trigger to make the smart “counter strike” a necessity.
A team of students and staff in Electrical Techniques at the Baghdad Institute of Technology is currently working hard to face this challenge. The team has produced a disruption device to stop any communication waves. So far, the device has been operated experimentally and the results have been encouraging, but other issues have since appeared which the team is now concentrating on. For example, the old style of the location of the experiment, which features walls of about 50cm in thickness, did hamper the functionality of the device. It is clear, though, that the further developments being pursued by the MTU team will ensure that the venture is put onto a new and improved track.