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Development plan: making a successful transition from uni to work

Development plan: making a successful transition from uni to work

Colin Webb, who graduated from Brunel University with a 2:1 (Hons) in Product Design Engineering, talks to The Student Engineer about life after graduating in 2014, and the transition to working in the engineering industry with Owen Mumford Hello Colin. Can you tell The Student Engineer what was so good about your course?  It was a great course as it gave me a true insight into what to expect in the industry and didn’t restrict my creativity. During my time at Brunel I was exposed to a variety of opportunities which I believe has set me up well in my role […]

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Middlesex University wins IMechE Design Challenge

Middlesex University wins IMechE Design Challenge

13th October 2016 12:40 pm 14th October 2016 8:15 am Engineering students from Middlesex University have been crowned the 2016 IMechE Design Challenge champions. The mechatronics students with their Line Launcher and trophy This year’s competition saw teams designing an electrically-powered line launcher to simulate transferring goods between ships on the high seas. As well as being judged on their accuracy to launch a squash ball at a target from six metres, entrants also had to produce a poster and deliver a presentation to explain their concepts. “The competition required our students to follow the complete design engineering process, from […]

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‘Floating pixels’ render digital information in a physical space

‘Floating pixels’ render digital information in a physical space

Researchers have used sound waves to lift objects simultaneously before spinning and flipping them using electric force fields, a development that could render digital information in a physical space. Developed at the Universities of Sussex and Bristol, the so-called JOLED technology turns tiny, multi-coloured spheres into pixels that can form into floating displays or bring computer game characters to life as physical objects. Prof Sriram Subramanian, from Sussex University’s School of Engineering and Informatics, is the head of lab behind the research. “We’ve created displays in mid-air that are free-floating, where each pixel in the display can be rotated on […]

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Mind-controlled robotic arm gives sense of sensation to paralysed man

Mind-controlled robotic arm gives sense of sensation to paralysed man

A man rendered quadriplegic in a road traffic accident has regained sensations in his arms and fingers through a mind-controlled robotic arm connected to his brain. Nathan Copeland, a 28-year-old resident of western Pennsylvania, was injured in 2004 but in the spring of 2015 had four microelectrode arrays implanted into his brain by neurosurgeon Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara. Following surgery, Copeland was connected to a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In a study published online in Science Translational Medicine, a team led by Robert Gaunt, Ph.D., assistant […]

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United nations: taking countries forward with science and technology

United nations: taking countries forward with science and technology

Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, reveals how her nation’s fortunes, and those of continental Africa, can improve through science and technology I am deeply passionate about the role that scientific and technological innovation can and will play in the development of our world. It is an issue at the very heart of my Presidency in Mauritius as it is my belief that only through science, technology and advanced research can we move to become a higher-income, prosperous country for benefit of our people. It is a belief I also share for our entire African continent […]

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How food companies can combat hackers

How food companies can combat hackers

While the food and beverage industry may not be the most sought after by nefarious hackers, the industry has come in as the third-most hacked—after retail (including banking and consumer goods) and hospitality, according to the “2016 Trustwave Global Security Report.” More alarming is a 2014 Food Quality & Safety article entitled “Cybersecurity in Food,” which noted that 70 percent of food and beverage companies that are hacked go out of business within a year of an attack. Also of concern, the Trustwave study reports that 45 percent of incidents in the world occur in the US. Scott Schober, author […]

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Promoted Content: Sandvik Coromant enables production facilities to enter Industry 4.0

Promoted Content: Sandvik Coromant enables production facilities to enter Industry 4.0

CoroPlus™ brings connectivity to manufacturing plants Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled its CoroPlus™ suite of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) solutions aimed at helping manufacturers prepare for Industry 4.0. The concept is designed specifically to improve the control of productivity and costs through a combination of connected machining and access to manufacturing data and expert knowledge. The suite of connectivity solutions from Sandvik Coromant – helps manufacturers prepare for Industry 4.0. CoroPlus is the umbrella name for a new platform of connected tools and software; essentially comprising technologies that can send and/or receive data. The […]

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Pack Expo 2016 Preview: Show to feature 2,300 exhibitors

Pack Expo 2016 Preview: Show to feature 2,300 exhibitors

The floor of McCormick Place will buzz with the latest automation and machinery in action this November as more than 50,000 industry professionals are expected to turn out for the 2016 installment of PACK EXPO International, an event showcasing the latest innovations and trends in the processing and packaging industries. Scheduled for Nov. 6-9 in Chicago, this year’s event, produced by PMMI, is expected to include 2,300 exhibiting companies covering 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. Truly a global event, the show is anticipated to draw more than 7,000 international buyers representing over 130 countries. Attendees of PACK […]

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Where the gaps lie in food safety training

Where the gaps lie in food safety training

Almost all food and beverage companies are committed to food safety training, but many are not getting all they could out of their training efforts. Why? A study from Alchemy Systems in partnership with Campden, BRI, SQF Institute, BRC, SGS and TSI polled thousands of food and beverage processors in seeking the answer to this question. The study, entitled “Closing the Gaps in Food Safety Training: Results from the Global Food Safety Training Survey,” found that while 88 percent of processors surveyed said their senior management provides the needed food safety training, 75 percent of respondents felt that employees would […]

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Jaguar Land Rover announces ?100m investment in Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover announces ?100m investment in Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, is to invest ?100m in its Birmingham, Castle Bromwich plant to support the production of the Jaguar XE – the firm’s mid-priced premium sport sedan. The Jaguar XE will be built at the firm’s Castle Bromwich plant The arrival of XE at Castle Bromwich continues the renaissance of the plant, which was slated for closure in 2008. 3000 people are now employed at the 112-acres site. This new investment takes the total spent on the site to more than ?500m over the last two years, and marks the return of all Jaguar’s […]

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