The School's Professor Alistair Borthwick FICE, FREng, FRSE has been presented with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Gold Medal for his lifetime contribution to civil engineering education, training and mentoring. A Gold Medal is awarded annually by the ICE to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the civil engineering profession over many years.
The University of Edinburgh is to join a national research community working to improve infrastructure and cities in the UK and beyond, it was announced today. The University joins the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) along with Heriot-Watt University in a collaboration known jointly as the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering. UKRIC consists of 15 University partners, working to improve infrastructure decision making through collaborative research.
The School's Professor of Mobile Communications, Harald Haas, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession. Professor Haas has pioneered advances in the design of networked visible light communication systems, known as 'LiFi' (Light Fidelity) based on light emitting diode transmitters and the invention of spatial modulation for simplifying the implementation of mobile multiple input, multiple output wireless transmission systems.
University Court has committed funding for a major new School of Engineering building at its Meeting on Monday 30 September 2019. At a cost of £33.5m, work on Engineering Module 1 will commence in spring 2020 and is due to be completed in summer 2022. The development at the south west corner of the King’s Buildings campus will host new classrooms, research spaces and computer labs, alongside the offices of the Head of School and Professional Services, and Engineering Teaching Organisation, over an area of 6,500 sqm on five floors.
Wave energy company Mocean Energy has selected technology developed by the School's Professor Markus Mueller to power its new prototype. Mocean won £3.3million in funding from Scottish Government-funded Wave Energy Scotland (WES) earlier this year, to develop and build a half-scale prototype of its Blue Horizon wave machine. The prototype will be deployed in real sea conditions off Orkney next year.
Dr Simone Dimartino’s research group have won first prize for their science communication video at an international conference in Milan. The video, which was filmed in the style of a 'silent film' from the early 20th century, takes inspiration from Milan Cathedral to illustrate a novel way to separate liquid using 3D printing.
PhD student Xioayan (Alan) Shi recently won Best Student Paper at the UK-China Emerging Technologies Conference which took place at the University of Glasgow on 21-22 August 2019. Xioayan is studying for a joint PhD degree with our School and Beihang University in China.
The School of Engineering is part of a network of leading UK universities and international industry bodies aiming to accelerate the switch to green energy and propulsion across road, rail, sea and air freight modes. Three academics from our School are representing the University of Edinburgh in the network: Dr Ignazio Maria Viola who is Co-Investigator on the project, alongside Professor Steve Finney and Professor Markus Müller – all from the School’s Institute for Energy Systems (IES).