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

Inspiring a new generation of engineers and racing drivers

Schoolchildren channelled their inner Lewis Hamilton by racing two electric cars at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The students built the vehicles themselves at the University of Brighton’s Formula 24 Saturday Club, which has been running since January at the University’s new Advanced Engineering Building.

Thirty local school pupils between 11 and 16 were tutored by academics from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics with additional help from student ambassadors.

Johanna Harris, Outreach Coordinator at the University’s Moulsecoomb campus, ran the club. She said the schoolchildren picked up valuable skills since starting the course in January: “They have learnt about aerodynamics, automotive and mechanical engineering and experienced working in the university alongside current students.

“Huge thanks go to our amazing student ambassadors and engineering technicians who worked so hard to inspire a future generation of budding engineers and racing drivers.

“We can’t wait to do it all again next year.” Read More

Try out teaching on a paid summer internship. Apply by 13 May.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering paid internships in four Sussex secondary schools for 4-weeks this summer. This opportunity could help you gain valuable experience teaching maths or physics if you are considering teaching as a career. 

As an intern you will be paid £300 a week and you can apply for this opportunity if you are in the penultimate year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject undergraduate degree. 

Activities may include working with experienced teachers on planning, shadowing and lesson observations; helping plan and deliver lessons; running projects and master classes for pupils and providing small group support for pupils.

The internship offers: 

  • Hands on experience in a school for 4-weeks from mid-June to mid-July 2018
  • The opportunity to earn while you learn. You will be paid £300 a week
  • Full support from a dedicated mentor and support from subject teacher in your school
  • The chance to experience mathematics or physics teaching before you commit to it as a career.

To find out more and apply by 13 May visit: www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/internship

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

Celebrating International Women's Day 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.

Dr Konstantina Vogiatzaki – safeguarding our energy future
Dr Konstantina VogiatzakiDr Konstantina Vogiatzaki’s research seeks to unlock the physics and push the manifold operating limits of our modern energy systems in order to increase their efficiency, regulate their fuel consumption and minimise their harmful emissions.

An insight into engineering at Brighton

Prianka Sabharwal, BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering gives us an insight into life as an engineering student at Brighton and the amazing experience taking part in Formula Student offers.

Good luck to Pria and the Brighton Racing Motors team who will be racing their car at Silverstone this weekend as part of the Formula Student competition. Check by here to find out how they got on.

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Teaching engineers of the future

Leaping robots and flight simulation models were just two projects worked on at the University of Brighton by students from six schools.

They were taking part in this year’s University of Brighton-run Engineering Education Scheme (EES), nationally organised by the Engineering Development Trust.

 

EES enables Year 12 students to learn practical workplace skills during a six-month project with local businesses. Regionally co-ordinated by STEM Sussex, the outreach department of the University of Brighton, the scheme pairs teams of up to six Year 12 students and their teacher with a local engineering professional. Together, they work on real industrial problems for which the companies need solutions.

The scheme included a two-day residential workshop at the University when students were able to tackle engineering challenges and get a taste of university life by being given full access to the facilities at the University of Brighton.

Supported by company representatives and teachers, students will continue to work on their projects at school until the celebration and assessment day in April. Developing skills for project management, report writing, communication and teamwork form part of the scheme.

Taking part were Ifield Community College, who worked with engineers from Gatwick Airport; Bexhill College with General Dynamics; Oriel High School, Crawley, who worked with L3 Link and Schneider; Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College who worked with Mott MacDonald; and Trinity School who worked with Cory Riverside Energy.

For more information contact Rachel Day, Project Manager, STEM Sussex at r.day2@brighton.ac.uk