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/

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.

“Not many universities around the UK offer Aeronautical Engineering and out of those that did, I made a point to call and speak to the heads of department. Brighton were by far the friendliest and after the phone call, it solidified what and I already thought, that Brighton was the place for me.
The Robot Wars and Formula Student projects have been real highlights. The projects were different but equally as rewarding. I also loved the opportunity I had to go to the Williams (F1 team) factory tour, that was definitely a day I’ll never forget! Claire Williams specifically asked for female engineers to go.
When Dr Coren released his project options for final year students and they were Formula Student related I was intrigued. I’d never heard of it before and the more I researched it the more I became excited by it.
I am part of the aerodynamics team, focusing on the front wing aerodynamics of the car. I’m also the team leader; a lot of the project is the actual design and manufacture of the car, but there is a lot of business and marketing criteria to meet from the IMechE so I help organise all submissions and liaise with the IMechE.
I think we all have our strong points and I think there are so many people on the team who are just incredible at what they do – but the best part is that we all help each other. For instance, we have someone who is incredible at CAD drawings and he always offered to help with whatever is needed.
Being a part of a team and how to work well in a team is something I’ll take away from my experience. It’s also the first time I have been a part of a project that’s spanned the course of a year, being involved in the start-up, design, manufacturing and then to the end result – it’s rewarding and definitely given me a work ethic that I’ll carry with me. And I have made good friends within the team.
I also did a summer internship at Emirates Engineering Centre in Dubai. . It was challenging but the overall experience was amazing. I think being the small fish in a big pond is always nerve racking – especially when I was still a student and they had all been practising engineering for years but it was interesting to see how much responsibility I was given from the get go. It was really interesting to see how things worked in the working world, not just read about them in a text book.
I learnt a lot, not just engineering principles but also work ethic and management. When I came back to finish my final year I found I was more driven and determined to succeed. And it definitely aided my final project decision because I enjoyed it so much.”

 

A warm welcome at our open day

Sunshine, blue skies, our brilliant ambassadors and friendly staff welcomed visitors to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June.

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and campus where you will be studying. You’ll also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.

If you are thinking about beginning your studies in 2018 and missed this one, find out more about upcoming events on our website.

Now that data is ubiquitous, how do we make it useful?

We are proud to welcome back one of our distinguished alumni and honorary graduate, Professor Mandy Chessell, for the final Distinguished Lecture series of the year on Tuesday 6 June, 5-6pm in Huxley 300.

As digital technology sweeps through every aspect of our lives, data has become ubiquitous. The problem is that much of this data is useless because it no longer has enough context with it for people, processes and analytics to understand what it means.

This is an amazing opportunity to hear Professor Chessell examine current data management practices and tools and explain why data loses its context. She proposes an alternative and open approach that will expand our ability to use data to its full extent. She also looks at the issue of providing appropriate protection and governance to valuable intellectual property and sensitive data.

Professor Chessell CBE FREng CEng FBCS is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, member of the IBM Academy of Technology and Fellow of the Royal Academy. Read her profile.

Find out more and book your place at the lecture here.

Moulsecoomb Campus Open Day

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and the campus where you will be studying. You will also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.

If you are thinking of beginning your studies in 2018 come along to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June. Find out more about open days on our website.

Racing into our first Formula Student competition

For the first time ever at the University of Brighton, we have a Formula Student team with an official entry accepted for the IMechE Formula Student competition! 

Our team of students from across the engineering division, working as Brighton Racing Motors, having been working hard, designing and engineering a new car as part of their studies. The culmination of their all their hard work is a race meeting at the Silverstone National Motor Circuit in July to test their prototype against student teams from around the world.

The team now have an online presence where you can follow their progress as they work towards the target of preparing their car in readiness for the competition:

Blog: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/brightonracingmotors/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrightonRacingMotors/
Twitter: @FS_Brighton99

You can catch up with our team face to face and see their progress as part of the Engineering Project Exhibition in the Cockcroft Hall, between 2 and 6 pm today.

For more information about Formula Student at the University of Brighton, or if you would like to get involved, please feel free to get in touch with Dr Daniel Coren directly or pop into our lab in the Cockcroft engineering workshop area for a chat.

For more details about the Formula Student competition:
http://www.imeche.org/events/formula-student/about-formula-student

Here is a taster of the what the event is all about.

Brighton’s Robot Warriors

University of Brighton undergraduate students Katie Henderson and Jodie Nye battle it out against fellow contestants in the brand new series of BBC’s Robot Wars.

Katie and Jodie, who are both studying for a BSc (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, are long-standing fans of the show and will be one of the few all-female teams to have taken on the challenge with their robot ‘Ms Nightshade’.

Speaking about her experience Katie said: “It was an honour to represent the University of Brighton and also to promote female engineers. I worked on the design and Jodie and I collaborated on putting our robot together. I knew I wanted our robot to be different and something that had not been seen on the programme before and to be able to defend itself and attack from all angles.

“The biggest challenge was managing our time to meet the deadlines for the project whilst continuing to focus on our courses. We really underestimated the time needed to build and test the robot, but got there in the end.”

Jodie commented: “The whole experience has been incredible. I can’t compare it to anything that I have ever done before. The most valuable thing for me apart from gaining the practical skills from constructing and assembling the robot was the chance to develop presenting and communication skills from appearing on the programme.

“Being part of an all-female team was a real honour. I am so grateful to the University for the support it gave us to make what for me had always been a childhood dream.”

The latest series of Robot Wars starts on BBC 2 on Sunday 5 March.

Pictures credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan Peebles