There were eighteen valid applications, and awards totalling £2640 were made to the following five students.
Abu Bakar Inayat, 5th year BEng, electrical and electronic engineering: £810 towards building a terahertz spectrometer.
Dadong Shang, 4th year Control; biophysics of cells and systems: £350 towards accessories for the development of robotic joints using magnetic levitation.
Cerys Murray-Scott, 5th year BEng, PDE: £380 to build a prototype for better securing of percutaneous endoscopic gastroscopy tubes.
Nina Petric-Gray, 2nd year PhD, biomedical design engineering: £500 for equipment required for a hand neuro rehabilitation project.
Alasdair Bulloch, 4th year BEng, aeronautical engineering: £600 for components required in the design, manufacture and test of power train improvements for the Formula Student racing car.
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From six valid applications, awards totalling £1400 were made to the following three students studying at Gilmorehill and at the Art School.
James McGinley, 4th year BEng in product design engineering: An Award of £350 for a device to help children on the autistic spectrum to communicate using music.
Eilidh Johnson, 5th year MEng in product design engineering: £300 towards a smart mattress for new-born babies.
Nicholas Smith, 5th year MSc in electronics with music: £750 for the development of a low-cost micrometre scale etching device.
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As Civil Engineering courses do not have course projects as do other disciplines, several awards of £75 were made to the class of second year Civil Engineering students at Glasgow University to assist them to attend the Constructionarium field course at the CITB training facility at Blackridge, West Lothian.
There were 41 applications, and 39 Awards were made, a total of £2925.
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Abu Bakar’s project aims at building and testing a Terahertz spectrometer. Terahertz spectroscopy allows for standoff detection of explosives and pharmaceutical and chemical identification, and time domain techniques are a fast-growing market.
The mechanical structure of Dadong Shang’s robot has already been developed, and is based on using micro-controllers and digital sensors to recognise the hand gesture of the user. Currently, the longer the system operates, the less sensitive the robotic arm performs. The next step is to apply magnetic levitation and replace electronic control with magnetic control, to obtain more degrees of freedom and to stabilise the whole system.
Cerys Murray-Scott is designing a more effective method of securing enteral feeding tubes, which allow patients to be given food and medicines when in hospital or at home, through a surgically created opening, using a mechanism that is more reliable than the current ‘water balloon’.
Nina Petric-Grey’s Award will assist her in her project to design a low cost, user friendly and portable system for neurorehabilitation of the hand in people with a Spinal Cord Injury or Stroke for use at home. This project is based on a brain computer interface (BCI), i.e. a wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) headset and a tablet computer. These two are connected to a functional electrical stimulator. When a patient who cannot move his hand thinks of moving this hand, the BCI system recognises the intention and activates the stimulator which stimulates hand muscles, resulting in a movement.
Alasdair Bulloch is one of a group of students from a variety of disciplines and degrees, working on the UGRacing team, which was founded in 2005 to design, construct and test a single seat race car to compete in the Formula Student UK competition. The team had their most successful year last year, but there was a major issue with the powertrain system, which was detrimental to the driveability of the car, as the power delivery was unpredictable within the mid-range of the engine rpm.The aim of project is to improve the powertrain system through a redesigned intake, to be manufactured in order to validate the design through physical testing. The two suitable manufacturing methods are 3D printing and machining, both of which are costly, and funding was provided for the system to be manufactured and tested on the vehicle.
James McGinley Conversation and communication can be stressful and daunting prospects for those with autism. The musical sensory board capitalises on the fact music is understood and enjoyed by almost everyone regardless of musical knowledge or talent – and provides a fun and relaxing medium for everyone to interact with. The board works by users touching a colored band which triggers a corresponding sound – how much force is applied corresponds to the intensity of the sound.
Eilidh Johnson’s Smartress+ is an incubator adaption system that helps facilitate Kangaroo Care, a form of developmental care that helps young babies recover quicker, gain weight and is key for neurodevelopmental improvements. and encourage parent-integrated care within neonatal wards. Smartress+ has two modes; a ‘support-to-sling’ feature to allow the parents to feel confident moving their baby in and out of the incubator and a ‘heartbeat module’ which replicates the parent’s heartbeat using vibration motors to create a simulation of the heartbeat.
Nicholas Smith’s project is concerned with the construction of a micrometer scale desktop photolithography machine which will allow researchers to prototype microfluidic or CMOS designs quickly, easily and cheaply, as it does not rely on a physical photomask or the use of a cleanroom. It will print designs over several sizes of wafers, controlled by a Raspberry Pi.
Constructionarium is a field course run by the Construction Industry Training Board in association with participating contractors and consulting engineers, to give students in construction related courses hands-on experience. Second year Civil Engineering students will attend the Constructionarium field course at the CITB training facility at Blackridge, West Lothian, in May this year.