The winners of the Spanish qualifying stage organised by Tekniker-IK4 and UPV/EHU will compete against talented engineers from other European countries in the Netherlands and Germany.
(Eibar, May 2010). Three students at the Basque Country University (UPV/EHU) have won the Spanish qualifying stage of Euspen Challenge 2010. This competition is organised by the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN) and the major companies in the sector with a view to identifying the best gifted young engineers in this area in Europe.
The winners of the Spanish final, organised by the technological centre Tekniker-IK4 and UPV/EHU, will represent Spain at the international final due to take place in Delft (the Netherlands) from May 31 to June 4 and in Jena (Germany) from 1 to 3 July 2010. They are David Olvera and Asier Fernández, both PhD students at UPV/EHU, and Federico Iván Compeán, a visiting student from the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).
It is the Euspen-sponsored competition's aim to identify outstanding students of Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology across Europe, since they will be considered the talents with potential to become the future European leaders in this area.
At the final of the Spanish qualifying stage held at Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería in Bilbao last Friday, the 30th of April, the candidates had to propose an experimental or theoretical methodology to evaluate the static stiffness of a complex mechanical system.
The winning team defeated their rivals by presenting a paper on the precision of a numerically-controlled turning-milling machine, which they titled "Experimental static stiffness evaluation methodology of a turning centre kinematic chain". Second was the team comprising Unai Pinillos and Iker Goitiandia, both students at the UPV/EHU too, who submitted an "Analysis of the stiffness of a plain cylindrical grinding machine". Luis Gerardo Uriarte and Sabino Azcárate, from Tekniker-IK4, and Aitzol Lamikiz from the UPV/EHU made up the panel.
The European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN) is an influential network that links and facilitates contact between industrialists, researchers and other organisations across 30 countries all over the world. Set up in the United Kingdom in 1999, EUSPEN is an international platform joining companies and research centres in order to promote technological developments.