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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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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Innovative speakers to inspire our students

Four inspirational speakers have been in to talk to our engineering students recently.

Speakers from the global companies, Ricardo and Thales UK plus entrepreneurs Mike Jay (Myklops) and Steve Ransom (Brighter Bikes) provided inspiration for future careers and workplace journeys came to talk to final year and postgraduate engineering students. The visitors, all local to the Sussex area, were invited by the engineering department’s Principal Lecturer Richard Morris.

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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!

 

 

Engineering students aiming to take space tech into ZERO-G

Five University of Brighton Engineering students are bidding to take their ground breaking space research project into zero-gravity next year.

The students who are all undertaking Master’s degrees in either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering, have reached the final stage in the European Space Agency’s ‘Fly Your Thesis’ selection process. The competition, which is open to students from across Europe, gives teams the chance to test their projects in a zero-gravity environment aboard an aircraft that simulates the weightlessness of outer space. Read More