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

It’s Back to the Future for Ray

Raymond (Ray) Jones has come back to the University of Brighton – 60 years after graduating.

The 81-year-old contacted the University out of the blue and the Students’ Union responded by inviting him for a day’s tour of the campuses during which Raymond declared: “My years in Brighton were the best of my life.”

Ray graduated from what was then Brighton Technical College near The Level in 1958 with a Diploma in Engineering, and OND in Mechanical Engineering and a First Class Intermediate and Second Class Final City and Guilds Machine Shop Engineering.

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Formula One Expert Mark Gallagher Open Lecture

Friday 27 April 11am Cockcroft building room 101

The Engineering Division is delighted to welcome Mark Gallagher to the University of Brighton. Mark has many years experience with Formula One racing. He will be giving an open lecture sharing his insights on ‘Engineering, Excellence & Success’.

Mark is happy to chat to folks afterwards. http://www.mark-gallagher.com/


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

Dr Wang and David Fitzsimons, Director of the European Remanufacturing Council

University links with China to prolong the life of goods

New ways to extend the life of resource-hungry products were discussed at a Sino-UK summit, co-organised by the University of Brighton.

The event, the first of its kind aimed at fostering cooperation in remanufacturing between the UK and China, was attended by representatives of the UK’s innovation agency ‘Innovate UK’, the British Embassy in China, the Welsh Government and China’s Ministry for Information and Industry Technology.

It was co-organised by Dr Yan Wang, Senior Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, who works in the field of sustainable manufacturing and currently is a Visiting Scholar at China’s National Key Laboratory for Remanufacturing.

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Engineering Project Exhibition Wednesday 18 April

 

PEDThe advanced-level work undertaken by our final year students be showcased at the  Engineering Project Exhibition on Wednesday 18 April in the Advanced Engineering Building Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GJ.

Each student will present their work on a poster, and will welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide clarification on their projects.

Many projects are industry or research-based and cover a wide range of disciplines, ranging through all aspects of automotive, aeronautical, mechanical and manufacturing, electrical and electronic engineering and design.

 

 

Electronic and Computer Engineering Student Scholarship Success

Paxton, who design and manufacture security systems has announced the first recipients of the scheme which has been created in collaboration with the University of Brighton.

The Paxton Scholarship, which launched in November last year, offered the opportunity for students studying engineering and product design related courses at the University to win one of three scholarship places each worth £10,000 plus a 3-month paid work placement with the company from July 2018.

As part of the scholarship, the three scholars will participate in technology research projects at Paxton, that will then form the final year project of their degree course.

In November 2017, the company hosted a student open day at its new state-of-the-art facility, the Paxton Technology Centre, which was attended by over 100 students from the University of Brighton. The open day provided them with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the application process, meet Paxton’s experts in Product Development and Research, and receive hands on technology demonstrations of the company’s diverse product range.

From those that applied, 16 were then invited to an assessment day, where they undertook a series of practical tasks and interviews. The successful three students selected are:

  • Yury Johnson, aged 20 who is studying (BEng) Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Laurence Budd, aged 21 who is studying (BSc) Computer Science
  • Sam Innes, aged 20 who is also studying (BSc) Computer Science

Commenting on the programme, Adam Stroud, Paxton’s Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to congratulate the three students that have secured the 2018 Paxton Scholarship. The Paxton Scholarship is a long-term initiative designed to ensure that we can secure the bright-minds needed for the company’s continued success and prosperity. I am thrilled at how the initiative was embraced by both the team at Paxton as well as the students and staff at the University of Brighton.

“We hope that for the students involved, the Paxton Scholarship will mean much more than just financial help.  Industry experience, without having to take a year out, will be invaluable to their development and help them to decide what career they wish to pursue.  We also believe it will continue to highlight the diverse range of roles available within the security industry and the opportunities offered by a growing and exciting business sector.”

Sam Davies, University of Brighton’s Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement said: “Congratulations to the students and to Paxton for introducing this exciting and unique opportunity.

“We are delighted to have partnered with Paxton in establishing this new scholarship programme which provides our students with access to the realities of the workplace and the challenges companies like Paxton face on a day-to-day basis.”

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

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.