Engineering students hit new heights in Belgium

Engineering students from the University of Brighton have been learning valuable skills at the European Space Agency Academy’s Training and Learning Facilities in Belgium.

The five students, who are studying either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering masters degrees, spent four days at ESEC-Galaxia in Redu, Belgium, in preparation to test their cutting-edge technology in zero-gravity in Bordeaux, France in the Autumn.

During their time in Belgium, the students – whose project team name is PHP Cubed – have gained insights from industry experts and taken part in space-based activities including walking on the surface of the ‘moon’ via a virtual reality headset. Read More

Racing into Brighton

Students across our engineering division were inspired by a visit from McLaren Automotive’s Senior Powertrain Design Engineer, Harley Gasson, today.

Harley, Automotive Engineering MSc alumnus, made a pit stop in Cockcroft to share his experience of life in the fast lane at McLaren with students. They also had time to chat to him afterwards and find out more about what it’s like to work at such a high profile engineering organisation.

Our Formula Student team, Brighton Racing Motors, were there to hear first-hand about the world of motor racing as their project heads towards it’s next key deadline, finalising the design of their racing car.

F1 ambition

The main highlight of the course [Automotive Engineering BSc]for me is the Formula Student competition the university participates in under “Brighton Racing Motors”. It is the only way to get a foot inside proper motorsport and is the gateway for new engineering talent to make a name for themselves in a tough business. I know this first hand as a former race-team owner. To be brutally honest I chose this course on the basis that it participated in Formula Student!

I am the team leader of Brighton Racing Motors. The lecturers are there to support the team but cannot build the actual car – that is up to us, the students! I act as the person, together with our Deputy Team Leader, Victor Fernandes, responsible for submitting all the required documentation of performance, designs, safety and costing for the competition.
There are technically two parts of the competition; the racing, and the business.

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Opportunities and experience at Brighton

After taking a gap year I was excited to start my degree at Brighton. The course structure offered more opportunities for practical learning compared to other universities and the opportunity to spend a year In Industry working for the MoD gave me a chance to find out what I was really Interested in.  My industry placement helped me narrow down my options for my future career after graduation

I would highly recommend taking the opportunity of a year in industry as it helped me discover which aspects of engineering I am truly interested in. The course tutors encourage students to take these opportunities as students come back for their third year with experience that they might not get at university and often achieve a first-class classification. This has proved to be the case for me and most of the other “year-in-industry” students.

The freedom to choose my own third year dissertation allowed me to extend my technical background from mechanical into aeronautical engineering. This was a very challenging process, but I was able to learn a lot from this experience and acquire new skills which a predetermined project may not have offered. Read More

The rewards of learning engineering and a language at Brighton

I always wanted to be an engineer, since I was a kid. I also wanted to experience life abroad to broaden my horizons and learn a language. Studying here at the university was the best way to achieve my goals.

I was very excited and proud to come to the University of Brighton, I am the first one in my family ever to study abroad. When I got here it was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be for several reasons, such as the language barrier and the slightly different culture but at the same time it was also more interesting and rewarding since I learnt and achieved a lot more than I thought I would.

The course in Aeronautical Engineering benefits from the support and expertise of experienced lecturers and leading industry experts in specific fields. Furthermore, the course is very practical, unlike many other similar courses. This makes it more challenging but gives the possibility of acquiring practical skills that are highly in demand in industry.

Both the teaching and the support staff are amazing, Read More

Robots, zero gravity and surfing

I knew I wanted to study some form engineering since my favourite subjects at school and college were physics and maths. After visiting the Eastbourne Air Show and seeing some of the aircraft, including the Euro Fighter Typhoon, I decided that I’d love to study aeronautical engineering.

I visited some universities that offered aeronautical engineering but found that most of their courses were very theoretical based. However, I found that Brighton’s engineering department had a good balance of theory and practical work! The projects such as building robots interested me and after seeing the workshops we had access to in order to build them, I decided to choose Brighton.

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Challenging your limits

I chose to study Aeronautical Engineering at University of Brighton because the course offered an engaging hands-on approach. I chose to specialise in aeronautical engineering as I was always fascinated by the dynamics of flight.

When I was accepted, I was excited by the prospect of specialising my studies. A year in industry gave me the opportunity to explore my professional interests before finishing my course, adding to the appeal and it highlighted the areas of engineering that interest me most, changing my ultimate career goals and re-energising me for the final years of my course.

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Zero G!

The demand for engineers is greater than ever and it’s a fascinating field to get into. I chose Mechanical Engineering as it’s the most diverse course you can do and from that you can go into any aspect of engineering, and practically any technical job.

The most interesting aspects of the Mechanical Engineering MEng course are the different rage of modules we study. From Advanced Computation Fluid Dynamics to Engineering Business Management, the range of skills we are taught are very exciting and contribute to an extensive skillset to take into the working world.

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Fly Your Thesis – presentation day!

Friday 12 October – presentation day!
We were all so excited for today! Everyone is dressed up and very nervous. Six presentations were given during the day from Polish, German and Italian teams with subjects ranging from 3D printing to Cancer research. It was such an amazing and inspiring experience and we meet some very talented people.

Our team performed well and we enjoyed a good interactive Q&A from the panel following the presentation.

Saturday 13 October
It was a beautiful day in Amsterdam so we took the opportunity to explore before we left later that day.

Fly Your Thesis – the team are on their way to the final selection stage

Wednesday 10 October
We were on the train to Gatwick at 10.30, leaving sunny Brighton fully prepared for an exciting few days and arrived in an even sunnier Amsterdam later that day!
We  stayed in Noordwick tonight to do some serious preparing before we meet all the other teams tomorrow.

Thursday 11 October
Hello ESTEC! (European Space Research and Technology Centre). Apart from the super exciting technology here at ESTEC, we were informed prior to our arrived that we MUST eat at the agency’s canteen. You don’t have to ask us twice… (and yes it was phenomenal)

After lunch we were welcomed by the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office and introduced to Novespace, ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) and shown around ESA’s super confidential space testing facilities. No photos for this, sorry!