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

Bear in the air

Scientists here at Brighton carried a cuddly colleague with them as they boarded an aircraft for zero-gravity flights.

‘Captain Bright One’, our University’s teddy bear mascot, flew with researchers as the pilot took the plane on an upward trajectory and then reduced thrust and pushed the stick to achieve weightlessness.

The researchers used the European Space Agency (ESA) flights to test a ground-breaking system that has the potential to revolutionise the way heat can be managed – a crucial requirement for satellites and other space craft.

The research is being led by Professor Marco Marengo, Professor of Engineering. He said: “Due to the complete absence of air and the violent extremes in temperature in space, satellites, for example, require a thermal radiation screen in order to limit both the excessive heat from the sun and release of heat to the cold of outer space.”

His team is developing a novel ‘pulsating heat pipe’ system which dissipates heat using an evaporator and a condenser connected through a meandering capillary tube. They needed to test the system in weightless conditions to ensure it will operate successfully when it is used in outer space.

ESA has granted the team access to the International Space Station to test the system further and it likely will travel with British astronaut Tim Peake when he undertakes his second space mission sometime after 2020.

The news follows the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council granting the team £900,000 to develop the system further.

Photos of the Captain Bright One teddy were taken by research team member Dr Nicolas Miché, leader for the University’s Aeronautical Engineering courses.

For more information on the team’s research, go to: http://bit.ly/2jU7UZG

My placement at National Composites Centre

Tania Mahmood
Mechanical Engineering with foundation year

I am part of the Programme Management team who are responsible for the delivery of all NCC projects. Within the Programme Management Team I joined the Business Process Re-Engineering (BPR) Team. Being part of a small team who specifically work on the delivery of Business Improvements across the NCC, enabled me to work on over 7 large projects and support/lead over 15 small scaled projects across the business. The main aim of the BPR team is to align all processes against the NCC Strategy streams. 11 months ago I walked into the organisation with no understanding of how a business works. Now, the work with the BPR team has enabled me to draw links from across the organisation, capture and document it. I also learned how to apply Lean Six Sigma, APM Project Management, Agile techniques and how to work with the BSI standards to create processes. I strongly encourage Engineering students, especially females, to apply for an industry placement. The environment you work in and skills you learn set you apart from other potential employees and the sooner you get exposed to the industry the better. The skills you develop will make you more confident with the changing demands and environment of the Engineering industry.

Prestigious Fellowship for Morgan

Professor Morgan Heikal was today named as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering alongside a glittering list that includes some of the world’s leading innovators and business people.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK’s national academy for engineering, bringing together the most successful and talented engineers to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

Professor Heikal leads the Advanced Engineering Centre here at the University of Brighton. The vibrant centre produces ground-breaking research into internal combustion engines, thermal systems for ground and space applications, and the development of laser-based diagnostic measurement techniques, which are fundamental to modelling and computational simulation.

Celebrating success

We celebrated some fantastic successes today with our award-winning engineering students.

Head of School, John Taylor, introduced the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics awards ceremony by leading a round of applause and congratulating all our winners.

Amongst the special guests at the ceremony were Mike Stanton from the IET and Hamish McNaughton from the IMech, two of our accrediting bodies.

Congratulating all our winners, Mike Stanton said: “ Accreditation is recognised in many places across the world and you may find it useful in the future. I wish you all the very best.”

This was echoed by Hamish McNaughton who also added: “ As graduates, particularly prize-winning graduates you are a fantastic group to inspire the next generation of engineers. Become a STEMM ambassador, go out and be active when you start you career, you have a real chance to spread the word about how good engineering is.”

The full list of our prize winning engineering student is below. The celebrations for our graduating students continued into the afternoon with our school graduation ceremony at the Brighton Centre.

Congratulations and well done everyone!

Ahmed Al Sayad, Aeronautical Engineering BEng(Hons) Frederick Barnes Waldron ‘Best Student’ Award (IMechE)
George Beattie, Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons), Jim Hicks Memorial Prize
Elena Bigini, Mechanical Engineering MEng, ImechE Best Project Certificate
Kieran Clarke, Electronic and Computer Engineering BEng(Hons), Institution of Engineering and Technology Sussex Network Prize
Radwan Gusbi, Electronic and Computer Engineering BEng(Hons), Institution of Engineering and Technology Sussex Network Prize
Fakher Harrabi, Aeronautical Engineering BEng(Hons), Harley Brandon Prize
Nikolai Lanza, Mechanical Engineering MEng, Dr D. Koshal Achievement Prize
David Mtonga, Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons), Eurotherm Prize
Jodie Nye, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering BSc(Hons), IET Manufacturing Engineering Student Prize
Jahmar Rogan, Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons), IMechE Best Student Certificate
Paul Seward, Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons), Institution of Engineering and Technology Sussex Network Prize
Tom Tinneny, Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons), Dr T.A. Cowell Project Prize
Atilla Yildiz, Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons), IMechE Project Award

 

We’re in the driving seat

University of Brighton students are at the home of British motor racing – Silverstone – to test their prototype racing car against teams from around the world.

The vehicle, designed and built by engineering students as part of their degree programmes, is being tested in this year’s annual Formula Student, Europe’s educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This is the first time the university has entered.

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Backed by industry and high-profile engineers, the competition runs until Sunday (23 July) and aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities from across the globe compete in static and dynamic events to demonstrate their understanding and to test the performance of their vehicles.

Sponsored by Santander Universities, the University of Brighton students, led by Dr Daniel Coren, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, tested earlier prototypes at Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris made a pit stop there to meet the team. She said: “I was extremely impressed by the students’ engineering skills and talent. I wish them every success in the competition.”

Dr Coren said: “Formula Student is an opportunity for students to work as a team on a high-profile project with interaction with academic and industry partners. It is a stepping stone for students’ ambitions for a successful career in engineering. One recently got a job at Jaguar and all are aspiring to join the automotive engineering industry.”

The car has been manufactured in-house using the university engineering laboratory facilities and a range of rapid prototyping techniques including CAD/CAM CNC machining, 3D printing, laser cutting, plasma cutting, and, as Dr Coren put it “blood sweat and gears, with students working on the project evenings and weekends”.

Dr Coren said: “It has been designed to satisfy the IMechE Formula Student technical regulations, but also as an educational tool which will be used as part of our undergraduate studies, in particularly, as part of our Vehicle Design Module. As such, it features an ‘exposed structure’ bodywork concept allowing the main structural features to be seen, and also, clear body panels which allow students to see inside the car – the anatomy of a racing car.

“As part of a commitment to research-informed teaching, it is planned  that for each forthcoming season we will apply particular focus on technical areas that reflect our growing and established research themes; such as automotive aerodynamics and advance propulsion systems.”

Team leader Pria Sabharwal, graduating this year in Aeronautical Engineering, said: “It’s been really hard work but at the same time really rewarding – I’ve loved it at Brighton.” Pria said being female in what is traditionally a male-oriented field had been a bonus: “We were invited to the Williams factory and they specifically asked for female engineers. And things are changing. When I started my course there were only five females but now there are 20.”

The students formed ‘Brighton Racing Motors’ to design and build their car, named Apex, to give them experience of running a mock business. Apex is a bespoke design incorporating aerodynamic bodywork, a tubular frame chassis, a motorcycle engine, and fully adjustable suspension, which will be driven by the students at speeds up to 70 mph. It must comply with stringent rules set out by the competition organisers. The team has made use of the advanced engineering and rapid prototyping facilities the university, including wind tunnel testing, engine simulation, 3D printing, plasma cutting and CNC machining.

Dr Coren said: “Tremendous effort from innovative students and support from technical and academic staff has been catalysed by sponsorship provided from Santander Universities, allowing key technical features, especially aerodynamic bodywork, to be incorporated into their new car. Support from businesses in the local community has also contributed to this team effort, including Juarez Fabrication, Pipecraft, and Family Store, allowing the team to make history by building the first ever University of Brighton Formula Student car to compete at Silverstone.”
To follow the progress of the team go to:  http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/brightonracingmotors/ or https://www.facebook.com/BrightonRacingMotors/ or email Dr Coren at d.coren@brighton.ac.uk
The public can attend the Silverstone event – go to: http://www.imeche.org/events/formula-student
To see more about our engineering courses, go to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/subject-areas/engineering-and-construction/engineering/index.aspx and for more information about Formula Student, go to: http://formulastudent.imeche.org/formula-student/