It’s Back to the Future for Ray

Raymond (Ray) Jones has come back to the University of Brighton – 60 years after graduating.

The 81-year-old contacted the University out of the blue and the Students’ Union responded by inviting him for a day’s tour of the campuses during which Raymond declared: “My years in Brighton were the best of my life.”

Ray graduated from what was then Brighton Technical College near The Level in 1958 with a Diploma in Engineering, and OND in Mechanical Engineering and a First Class Intermediate and Second Class Final City and Guilds Machine Shop Engineering.

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Formula One Expert Mark Gallagher Open Lecture

Friday 27 April 11am Cockcroft building room 101

The Engineering Division is delighted to welcome Mark Gallagher to the University of Brighton. Mark has many years experience with Formula One racing. He will be giving an open lecture sharing his insights on ‘Engineering, Excellence & Success’.

Mark is happy to chat to folks afterwards. http://www.mark-gallagher.com/


New Advanced Engineering Building official opening

The University of Brighton’s new £14 million Advanced Engineering building will be officially opened today at an event which celebrates the role of women in engineering.

The Advanced Engineering Building is a state-of-the-art facility which supports both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research and which houses the Advanced Engineering Centre which has an international reputation for producing innovative, future-facing research into complex engine combustion processes and laser-based measurement techniques, fundamental modelling and computational simulation. Read More

Fantastic final year projects

Our final year engineering students did a fantastic job showing industry, lecturers, fellow students and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris their final year projects at the Engineering Project Exhibition today. Their knowledge and enthusiasm shone through as they talked through cross-discipline projects, such as Team Kestrel’s project and individual work with pride.

Well done everyone!

Graduate helps dinosaurs make a comeback

A University of Brighton graduate has helped bring dinosaurs ‘back to life’ in China.

Vaios Panagiotou, awarded a Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)degree, has spent the last four years building and maintaining life-sized robotic dinosaurs which move and roar to packed crowds at Beijing’s National Stadium.

His first job was building robotic animals for the Chinese calendar but the dinosaurs were by far his biggest challenge: “These giant moveable robots took two years to design and construct are the largest dinosaur robots in the world.

“The timescale was very short and we had to succeed on our first attempt. For years my life was nothing but work. But we did it – and in my view it was nothing short of a miracle.”

Hundreds of artists, engineers and technicians from China and abroad were drafted in for the project which was led by Oscar winning American director David Ebner. Vaios, originally from Greece, was chief designer of the robots and headed teams from China and Europe.

Vaios said he’s staying on in Beijing for the time being – but has fond memories of his time at the University: “My tutors trusted my capabilities – I hope they’re proud of their old student.”

Find more information about the dinosaur display here