NTU and Dyson Launch a Joint Engineering Studio for Aspiring Technopreneurs


Students from various engineering fields need to define a problem, design and develop their ideas from blueprint to working prototype

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Dyson have launched an engineering studio that will give students a chance to work with industry experts. The studio will focus on to develop technological answers to real-world problems.

The Dyson-NTU studio is Dyson’s first on-campus engineering studio in Asia. An undergraduate course module co-taught by the two partners in the studio will give engineering students an access to advanced prototyping equipment to help them turn their ideas into viable solutions.

Industry-relevant education

Dyson will be contributing $500,000 to the studio for a period of five years. Led by Dyson engineers and NTU professors, the Studio will simulate the company’s working environment and its research processes. Students from various fields of engineering will work in teams and apply what they have learnt to overcome challenges. They will need to define a problem, design and develop their ideas from a blueprint into a working prototype.

The studio will start working by this academic year and up to 20 engineering students will enrol in this module each semester. It includes local and overseas internships for students and graduates recruitment opportunities. They will also get to use advanced prototyping equipment such as high-resolution 3D printers and digital fabrication facilities. These include high-resolution rapid prototyping and modelling software. The studio will also serve as a platform for industry and career talks for students and researchers, host engineering-led competitions and tech exhibitions.

Guided by NTU professors and Dyson engineers, they will develop technology prototypes and test their viability on the NTU smart campus. In addition to this, students will learn the essentials of translational research and develop their ideas into useful solutions to benefit industry and society. Moving forward, Dyson is in talks with NTU to provide internship and career opportunities for students and expand the use of the studio to students from other disciplines such as business and humanities.