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!

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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.