Joe Gibson, a BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering student, scooped top prize at the 2017 Telegraph STEM Awards, for his defence technology innovation. He answered BAE Systems' Defence Technology Challenge, which asked entrants to describe what an aircraft carrier of the future might look like. Joe's winning idea incorporated real design, artificial intelligence techniques, robotics technology and clean energy.
Joe said that winning the STEM Awards is "life-changing" and revealed that he had already been approached by a number of companies following his successful entry. "The £25,000 prize is obviously a big deal, and will change my university and study life, but beyond that, having "STEM Awards Winner" on my CV is going to open up so many opportunities."
The University is to lead, with engineering firm Babock, an industrial partnership worth £4.4 million for making nuclear assets safer and more reliable. Professor Stephen McArthur, Deputy Associate Principal and Co-Director of the Department's Institute for Energy & Environment will lead the five year programme, which includes EDF Energy, Kinectrics Inc, Bruce Power, The Weir Group, BAM Nuttall, Imperial College London, the University of Surrey, Cranfield Uiversity and the Alan Turning Institute.
The programme aims to develop advanced inspection techniques, biotechnology solutions for infrastructure repair, operational intelligence and data science, and new products and processes for managaing nuclear facilities and extending their lifetime. EPSRC is providing £2.1 million of funding, with the university and industrial partners providing £2.315 million.
PhD students Bartosz Soltowski and Jonathan Bowes won the Scottish Power-Iberdrola Challenge 2017 and the University’s PropTech Innovation Challenge 2017. Both competitions followed a Dragons’ Den-style format and saw teams present their ideas for new technology innovations, along with their business models, to a panel of experts from across industry and academia.
The Scottish Power-Iberdrola Challenge was open to all students at the University, which is one of only six partner institutions in Iberdrola’s University Programme and the only one in the UK. The final took place at Scottish Power’s HQ, where three finalists were judged by an expert panel against a set of criteria that included originality, feasibility, market potential and team ability.
The PropTech Innovation Challenge was sponsored by leading Scottish entrepreneur, Shaf Rasul, a Strathclyde graduate and former member of the BBC’s online Dragons’ Den. The competition focused on finding breakthrough property management solutions involving manufacturing, software and hardware design.
Bartosz said: “These competitions have been a great experience, giving us huge support in the business development of our concept. Something which initially was our research project is now becoming a product that can improve access to electricity for millions of people living off-grid.”
The team plan to use the funding to continue their research and develop hardware prototypes of the system controller. They aim to initial testing and market assessment work in Rwanda soon, and to participate in Iberdrola’s Innovation Week in Madrid in October where they will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the company and its partners.
International Summer School
Next Week is the Department's annual International Summer School. Over 60 staff and students from 4 international academic partners will attend the event, taking part in technical workshops and industrial visits across the University, as well as cultural activites to gain insight into Glasgow and Scotland.
University Open Days 2017
The Department will be participating in the University Undergraduate Open Days 2017. Why not take the opportunity to visit the department to learn more about our courses, meet with staff to chat about your UCAS options, and hear from existing students about what it's like to study electronic and electrical engineering at Strathclyde
- Tuesday 5 September
- Saturday 7 October