Sky’s the limit for Pratik

The sky’s the limit for student Pratik Meghani after he was invited to present his final year Aeronautical Engineering project at a conference in the Czech Republic.

Pratik, who will graduate this summer, will give a talk at the Research and Education in Aircraft Design Conference in Brno, Czech Republic, in November.

His project is a 2D aerodynamic study on morphing in the Cessna 172SP, a four-seat, single-engine American aeroplane made by the Cessna Aircraft Company.

Pratik, who intends to undertake a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at an institution abroad, said the conference would greatly enrich his existing knowledge and experience of his research area.

He said: “I am excited to present my final year project as a research paper at the conference.

“This unique opportunity will aid my professional development and enable me to meet specialists who will give me an insight into several fields of the aerospace industry.

“I would like to thank the University of Brighton for funding this trip and giving me a chance to represent them on an international stage.”

Pratik added that he would like to specialise in design and propulsion systems for major aircraft companies in the future: “My career goal is to work at one of the big aerospace giants like Bombardier, Airbus or Boeing.”

As an international student, Pratik said he would be “forever thankful” to the University of Brighton for helping him adjust to life in the UK.

“The University has provided me with the necessary practical and technical skills to kick-start my journey to my intended career goal,” he said.

“The reward schemes on offer – including prizes and merit-based scholarships – have made me a competitive yet friendly individual who is full of confidence.

“The support of the lecturers and friends helped me settle into University life in the UK as an international student. I will be forever thankful to the University for the skills and competence I have gained during the course.”

Hands-on science for Brighton students

Young people with an interest in science and engineering can learn how to turn their passion into a career at a science fair in Brighton tomorrow (11 July).

Big Bang @ Brighton will take place at the University of Brighton and organisers are promising “an exciting, colourful and noisy event” aimed at encouraging more students to pursue further studies and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Organised by STEM Sussex, the University of Brighton’s STEM outreach department, the event is funded by the Sussex Learning Network’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a four-year programme aimed at encouraging more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, into higher education.

Big Bang @ Brighton will feature a range of hands-on activities, workshops and shows provided by many local companies, universities and colleges and other organisations, highlighting the STEM-related opportunities available to young people in the area. Read More

How Summer School shaped Kyra’s future

When Kyra Fleming attended the University of Brighton’s summer school a few years ago, she had little idea what her future held.

Now she’s a second year engineering student at the university and thriving in an environment she finds stimulating and rewarding.

“Looking back, it changed my whole outlook on what I wanted to do with my future,” said Kyra of her experience at the summer school. “It really did open my eyes.”

Kyra participated in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sessions at the school. From today until Friday, schoolchildren will take part in workshops and lectures in STEM, social sciences, healthcare and humanities. Read More