Engineering at the University of Brighton

Innovative speakers to inspire our students

Four inspirational speakers have been in to talk to our engineering students recently.

Speakers from the global companies, Ricardo and Thales UK plus entrepreneurs Mike Jay (Myklops) and Steve Ransom (Brighter Bikes) provided inspiration for future careers and workplace journeys came to talk to final year and postgraduate engineering students. The visitors, all local to the Sussex area, were invited by the engineering department’s Principal Lecturer Richard Morris.

Ricardo have a long-standing working relationship with the Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories at the University of Brighton. Professor Neville Jenkins, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Ricardo spoke about Technology road mapping as a technique, and outlined some of the future developments and trends in the automotive industry. Read more about the global engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy here: and the University of Brighton’s Ricardo Laboratories.

Thales UK are a global company with local offices in Crawley.  Specialising in aerospace, space, defence through to security and transportation, Mike Oliver, Head of Innovation, came along to share his thoughts with the students about the management and development of innovation, and presented a number of innovative developments at Thales. Find out more here.

An everyday cycling issue inspired Mark Jay to develop the ‘Myklops’ rear view mirror. He shared his entrepreneurial experiences with the students from concept to design to website sales showing how ideas can become reality and some of the lessons learnt along the way.

Steve Ransom, long time entrepreneur at Traffic Angels and Brighter Bikes and recent survivor of Dragons’ Den also talked about the smaller scale innovative side of engineering and the journey his product had taken. Read about his Dragons’ Den experience here.

**author’s note, after researching Mark and Steve’s products and being a regular cyclist, I bought 2 of the mirrors and am looking forward to the release of Brighter Bikes new intuitive indicator in 2019

Inspiration and information from all scales of engineering life.

Rebecca Tonge • December 5, 2018

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