Girls are often better at academics than boys but this all-girls team from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has taken it to a whole new level.
Team Auj (which means zenith or peak in English) is a 10-member, all-girls team from the NUST H-12 Campus in Islamabad, which will be competing against 30 other teams in the International Student Formula One competition to be held in the United Kingdom from July 11 to 15, 2018.
The team comprises of girls from different departments including School of Art, Design and Architecture (SADA), NUST Business School (NBS), School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS) among others and is led by Azka Athar. Other team members are Fatima Sohail, Wardah Jamal, Laiba Rodyna, Cybil Braganza, Sabah Zaman, Aatrah Rauf Shaikh, Zobia Noor, Syeda Al Aima Zahra and Harim Akhtar.
The team, sponsored by Automark, Wild Wings, Autocom, Syed Flour Mills and Ricardo, will be presenting their single-seater race car to a manufacturing firm at the event. They will be evaluated based on the car’s fuel economy, endurance, acceleration, design dynamics, skidpad and more.
The girls had won a spot to compete in the competition earlier this year and began working on their first formula car for the event to be held this month in Silverstone, UK. They have created their formula car from scratch and aim to reach 0-100 in 4.5 seconds acceleration time with 90 break-horsepower. The car has a carbon-fibre reinforced automation. Team Auj unveiled their car at Cafe Garage in Islamabad recently.
The girls were challenged by some financial constraints due to which they had to make a few alterations in their car in order to compete in the international event. Laila Khan, who had been working in the Prime Minister’s office drew the attention of then PM, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, towards their plight after which the team was funded by the PM’s office.
The Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational engineering competition and is sponsored by high profile engineers and industries in the world. The competition aims to provide a platform to enterprising young engineers from all across the globe to display their expertise and encourage more people to step into the field of engineering.
There is no doubt that these girls have already proved themselves by making it to the competition and we wish them even more success at the event and in their professional careers!
Good on you Team Auj! Go make us proud!