Awards 2021-22

James Wilson, 5th Year Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Laser Particle Counter. Award: £600

James Wilson, Alban Joseph, Tristran Kleinjan and Charlie McCarthy prepared a very detailed report on the success of their 5th-year project, to create a laser particle counter for a clean room environment such as the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre. Particles in the range of 0.3-10 μm pose a threat to the quality of devices manufactured as they can be the same size or larger than the devices themselves. Therefore, this project aimed to produce a particle counter that can detect and inform a user of the presence and scale of these undesirable particles. An extract of the report can be read here.

To achieve this, the team designed and assembled a bespoke device, which involved designing the detector, composed of a laser, a photodiode and supporting optics. The detector would be complemented with an airflow system to provide a suitable flowrate, and its response would be supported by a low-noise analogue chain and stable power circuitry. For the user, this results in a black-box system that displays a range of real-time information about the particles on a screen. The data is processed by an integrated microcontroller which is also be used for configuration and managing user inputs.


Clara Ghattas, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
Fabrication of a scale model of a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic monocoque for a Formula Student car. Award: £700

Clara’s project takes an existing steel space frame for a formula student car and compares the improvements with a CFRP monocoque. While it is for a formula student application, it is not part of the formula student team at Glasgow, and Clara is comparing features such as weight and stiffness. Lap time simulations show that a 1% decrease in mass can lead to a 0.2% decrease in lap time, and when moving from a space frame to a monocoque, you can get up to a 60% decrease in mass. The focus is on the overall design and manufacturing methods, so Clara aims to make a scale model optimising the carbon fiber layups for a good stiffness to weight ratio, and she also aims to make one or two panels to 3 point bend test as a proof of concept.


Adam Frew, 5th Year Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Digital Caliper Tweezers. Award: £150

Adam Frew, Connor Maclean, Lewis Russell and Geoffrey Betts worked on a project to investigate the design and manufacture of a set of general purpose digital caliper tweezers, allowing the user to accurately measure the dimensions of the object he picks up. An extract from their report can be read here.

The finished product

According to their application, this device does not currently exist on the market and is therefore one of a kind. It will be battery powered and will measure the distance via a capacitive encoder and display the measurement data on an integrated screen. The device will also include a serial data output which allows the measurements to be logged by a connected computer. The aim of the project is to achieve the same 0.1mm resolution and 0.2mm accuracy of a typical set of digital calipers as well as a similar battery life.


Andrew Lunardi, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
Eye Tracking Technology in motorsport. Award: £200

This project aims to implement eye tracking technology into motorsport through embedded sensors in a race helmet.

Eye tracking is the technology of measuring the saccades (eye movements) and fixations of the human eye. Race engineers could determine the duration of fixation on focus points on-track, and on-car controls; information which could be used to indicate set up alterations or advise drivers’ techniques. Measuring saccadic reaction times of drivers would provide insights into natural talent, potential areas of improvements, or comparisons between drivers and their rivals.

Due to intense vibrations through a race car, standard surface mounted eye tracking would yield inaccurate results. Building the infrared illuminators and eye cameras into the helmet would remove this issue, with the vibrations being negated by the driver’s body. Close proximity to the eye would reduce calibration time and maintain accurate results. The project output will be a retrofittable, dual-layered visor, compatible with standard helmets per the respective racing series. The visor will have infrared illuminators and eye tracking cameras positioned around the eyes of the user.

Quantifying the visual performance of race drivers in a streamlined way could give the data driven information required for a competitive edge.


Euan Gibson-Smith, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
3D motion capture system for Tennis Coaching. Award: £400


Kieran Larssen, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
Cycling Safety Device. Award: £150

38.1% of all cycling casualties between 2015 and 2020 took place at a T, Y or staggered junction. On top of that 11.8% occured at roundabouts. Taking into account the whereabouts of these accidents, along with the main contributory factor for these crashes being drivers failing to look properly. It is evident that the side visibility of cyclists is something which needs to be improved.

The project is focusing on commuters as most cyclists killed or seriously injured occur during rush hour. It has already been established the product will utilise LED’s as they can be used during the day and at night. The system will also be fixed to the bike so that its easily recognisable structure of 3 triangles and 2 circles is highlighted.