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  • Institute for Energy Systems (IES) spin-out company REOptimize Systems has won a Shell Springboard Award for its work to address the problem of reduced energy production in ageing wind turbines.

    REOptimize Systems  has developed a software platform that applies machine learning techniques to wind turbine control settings
  • On Tuesday 19 March, Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science and MSP for Moray, visited the University’s HYPED team following their recent success in reaching the finals of the international SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019.

    Richard Lochhead MSP (centre) with HYPED team members (L-R) Daniel Carbonell, Mac Versey, Maisie Edwards-Mowforth and Hamish Geddes
  • Staff and students from the School were recognised in two categories at the University’s Sustainability Awards 2018 during a ceremony on 28 March 2019. Institute of Energy Systems PhD student Zihao Li won Silver in the Student Residence category, while the Chemical Engineering Teaching Lab took Bronze in the Labs category.

    Sustainability Award recipients: (from left to right) IES PhD student Zihao Li wins Silver in the Student Residence category; Dr Rupert Myers, Mr Gordon Paterson and Dr Enzo Mangano of the Chemical Engineering Teaching Lab take Bronze in the Labs category
  • On Monday 4 March, over 100 guests gathered for a special public panel discussion to explore emerging engineering technologies and their future role in society. Organised jointly with the Royal Academy of Engineering, this was the final event in the School’s year-long series of celebrations marking 150 years since the University was granted the UK’s first Regius Chair of Engineering.

    L-R: Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL) chairs a panel discussion with Brian Gerardot (Heriot-Watt University), Colin McInnes (University of Glasgow) and Susan Rosser (University of Edinburgh)
  • The School is partnering with Babock International to develop a £2.4 million engineering research facility which promises to speed the development of materials and structures used in tidal energy, transport and other industries.

    FASTBLADE test facility
  • The School’s Regius Professor of Engineering Jason Meredith Reese, who died suddenly at the early age of 51 on Friday 8 March, was an internationally renowned engineering scientist, respected academic and a valued mentor to many.

  • The School’s Dr Sotirios Tsaftaris has been awarded the Canon Medical and Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship in Healthcare AI, to further his work in using artificial intelligence to detect and predict serious health conditions including cardiovascular disease.

    Dr Sotirios Tsaftaris (second from right) with (R-L) Ken Sutherland, President of Canon Medical, Naomi Climer, Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Head of the School of Engineering, and Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics and Senior Vice-Principal of the University
  • We are deeply saddened to announce the recent and sudden passing of our Regius Professor, Jason Reese.

    Professor Reese was a brilliant man, an inspiring teacher of engineering and a generous mentor to younger colleagues.

    Professor Jason Reese delivering a lecture at the University's Engineering Postgraduate Research Conference in 2015
  • This January, two students from the School of Engineering travelled to Harbin Engineering University in China to compete in a world-famous ice and snow sculpture competition as part of a multidisciplinary University team. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which took place between 4 and 7 January 2019, is the world’s largest ice and snow festival and attracts around 10 million visitors each year.

    Wide shot of Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
  • The School's Dr Javier Escudero is part of a team of researchers behind an innovative dementia diagnosis method based on machine learning. The method was proposed in a research article which has since been recognised as the top paper published in 2018 by BJGP Open, a journal edited by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

    Illustration of a person's brain with overlay of artificially intelligence related illustrations

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