January 2019 (see below for November 2018)
£600 was awarded to a team of electronic engineering students developing an autonomous robot
Three product design engineering students studying at Glasgow School of Art received awards and showed their projects at the Degree Show on 31 May:
Beck Hunter received £500 towards the development of a pressure mat to monitor the mobility of elderly recovering patients (as illustrated here).
Anna Robb was awarded £500 to assist in developing a sterilisable drinking fountain.Anna hopes to give a new lease of life to the old drinking fountain by making it more user-friendly and hygienic. Her research showed that a key concern to stakeholders and consumers is uncleanliness and possible contamination, and she designed a drinking fountain which sterilises itself between uses via UV radiation. (See here)
£500 was awarded to Sarah Davies, who was developing a compact device to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea by electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve beneath the tongue, which opens up patient airways by contracting the tongue forwards during sleep. The device will be much more compact and will simply fit over the lower teeth (as illustrated here).
Two Awards were made to teams from UG Racing. Click here for more details.
Kester Broach, supported by Oliver Neill, made an application for funding to support the design and fabrication of carbon-fibre diffuser panels for the UG Racing project. The diffuser had been chosen by the team as a good place to start when developing an aerodynamics package as it is low cost, low drag, relatively easy to implement on their existing designs but provides a large performance increase. Kester is a fourth year Aeronautical Engineering student, and Oliver is studying Physics, but the Trust was impressed by the strong engineering component of the project. Click here for more details. An Award of £1 300 was made.
Josef Neto, a fifth year Mechatronics Engineering student, applied for funding to assist his project which seeks to refine the Attitude Determination and Control System used in small satellites known as CubeSats. CubeSats are small satellites, with sides of about 100 mm, and more CubeSats are manufactured in Glasgow than anywhere else.
CubeSats are powered by solar panels, and it is necessary to ensure that they are pointed towards the sun to acquire the most power. The attitude determination system informs the orientation of the CubeSat in relation to the sun. Actuators apply torque to orientate the CubeSat into a desired attitude and are used to control the direction of the CubeSat. This project aims to use inexpensive actuators for lab-based experiment. Josef received an Award of £830.
Jon Bertram, Abdul Hadi Chibli (both fifth year Mechatronics) and Borislav Gachev (fifth year Electronics and Software Engineering) are working on separate aspects of a project to measure very accurately the concentration of antibiotic in the blood of seriously ill patients, and applied individually for support. The process tags individual molecules of the drug with magnetic nano-spheres and by measuring their magnetic field, allows the drug concentration to be measured. They are developing respectively the magnetic measurement system, electronic control and display systems, and a control app. The Trust made one Award of £1 000 to Jon Bertram on behalf of the project, to be distributed amongst the applicants.
Emily Breen, fifth year Product Design Engineering, had approached the Glasgow Children’s Hospital, to obtain the staff’s opinions on what would improve the life of patients aged up to 16 years immobilised through spinal injury. Her discussions led her to investigate the development of a device which would allow them to retain their independence and sense of normality during their hospital stay by allowing them to play and engage with those around them more easily, and she is working on prototypes of a device and support structure which would allow various activity and entertainment tools to be presented to them and enable them to use them from a supine position. Emily was awarded £500 towards the design and construction of prototypes.