Rising star collects award

Dr Frank Browne, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics PhD graduate, was presented with the Institute of Physics (IOP) Nuclear Physics Group Early Career Award 2016 at the recent IOP conference in Birmingham.

Dr Browne gave a talk about his winning research on ‘The lifetimes of the first excited 2+ states in neutron-rich Zr-104, 106’.

Soon after graduating from the university last summer he landed a research job at the RIKEN research institute in Japan, renowned for recently discovering a new element, nihonium.

Dr Browne, 29, said he “loved” studying in Brighton but equally loves working in Japan: “I am at the same facility where I carried out the experimental work of my PhD. It’s the world’s premiere nuclear physics research facility and, as such, it is where some of the big breakthroughs in the field are happening, being a part of that is really exciting.”

Engineering success

Students showcased their final year projects to industry representatives at the Engineering Project Exhibition yesterday.  Attendees included professionals from Harris Corporation (technology company, defense contractor, and information technology services provider); FirstCo (airport control and communication systems);  MBDA (global missile systems company); and Southern Water.

It was great to see Alex Smith there, a graduate from University of Brighton, who is now working for MBDA.

Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, and Stephen Denyer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience), came long to see the brilliant examples of students’ hard work. Both have said how impressed with the projects themselves and with the professional manner in which students engaged in explaining their work.

Well done everyone!

Racing into our first Formula Student competition

For the first time ever at the University of Brighton, we have a Formula Student team with an official entry accepted for the IMechE Formula Student competition! 

Our team of students from across the engineering division, working as Brighton Racing Motors, having been working hard, designing and engineering a new car as part of their studies. The culmination of their all their hard work is a race meeting at the Silverstone National Motor Circuit in July to test their prototype against student teams from around the world.

The team now have an online presence where you can follow their progress as they work towards the target of preparing their car in readiness for the competition:

Blog: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/brightonracingmotors/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrightonRacingMotors/
Twitter: @FS_Brighton99

You can catch up with our team face to face and see their progress as part of the Engineering Project Exhibition in the Cockcroft Hall, between 2 and 6 pm today.

For more information about Formula Student at the University of Brighton, or if you would like to get involved, please feel free to get in touch with Dr Daniel Coren directly or pop into our lab in the Cockcroft engineering workshop area for a chat.

For more details about the Formula Student competition:
http://www.imeche.org/events/formula-student/about-formula-student

Here is a taster of the what the event is all about.

Engineering Project Exhibition 2017 ~ save the date ~

Final year students present their work in poster format – many projects are industry or research-based and cover a wide range of disciplines, ranging through all aspects of automotive, aeronautical, mechanical and manufacturing, electrical and electronic engineering and design.   Come and see the work and talk to our students.  2-6pm Cockcroft building and sports hall.