News and events 2009

New Fellow in the School

Congratulations to Professor Jovica Milanovic who has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to power system dynamics and power quality at November 2009 meeting of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Innovative network scanner gets £500k boost

The company, which is the brainchild of Prof Tony Peyton in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), has developed an innovative new approach to managing large scale, wide structured cabling systems. MTI has made a £500,000 investment deigned to accelerate the delivery of its proposition to market.

Inspiring female engineer scoops top award

Rebecca receiving her award from Princess Anne

Congratulations to Rebecca Robinson, winner of the Women into Science, Engineering and Construction (WISE) Overall Excellence Award, 2009. Rebecca received the top prize at the prestigious evening awards ceremony at the Royal Academy of Engineering, on Thursday 12 November, where Princess Anne was the awarding dignitary.

The WISE award recognises the efforts of early-career female engineers in encouraging women and girls to participate in science and engineering. Rebecca is currenly completeing her PhD thesis on Electrophysiology for Brain Function Imaging in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She received the prize in recognition of her outstanding work as a key member of the University-funded project, Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISET).

Rebecca was one of the first student co-ordinators for WISET, and in the past three years has organised and participated in a broad range of activities designed to get young women involved in science. For example, at the popular Girls in Aerospace event, teams of local schoolgirls design and race hovercrafts; Rebecca also runs Maths Squads and Physics Tricks events, demonstrating experiments using domestic materials that the girls can easily recreate at home. These events are designed to encourage girls to work with peers from different schools whilst discovering their own potential as young scientists and engineers. Rebecca is also a judge for the international 'Lego League' competition, and contributes to events in National Science Week and at the Manchester Museum. The WISE award recognises the huge significance of this widening participation work in promoting science and engineering as subjects for women.

Rebecca commented: "The award is extremely prestigious and I feel really honoured to have been nominated, so to win is fantastic, and gives WISET the recognition that it deserves". Rebecca particularly values the platform that the award gives to WISET's work in showing that "Engineering isn't a man's world - anyone can do it".

For further information, please visit the WISET and WISE websites.

Early warning system could keep lights on

Researchers in the Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS) Group are working on an intelligent monitoring system that can detect potentially serious problems with the electricity network at an early stage.

Sparks fly as electrical research centre opens

A new electrical research centre that will help the development of green technology has been launched at The University of Manchester. Investment in the new centre is part of National Grid's annual funding to The University of over £1 million.

Smart food sensors could push down price of fruit 'n' veg

The price of fresh food in shops and supermarkets could be reduced if innovative work at The University of Manchester to develop intelligent low-cost sensors is successful. Scientists and engineers at The Syngenta Sensors University Innovation Centre are working on technology that will allow more scientific 'best before' dates to be set by food producers and retailers.

Eyes in the soil will help food security

A new tool developed by scientists at The University of Manchester will allow farmers to see under the soil to check how efficiently crop roots are using water and nutrients. The research could have a strong impact on food security – the subject of today's announcement by the Government that it is consulting on how it can ensure that the UK's food supply remains safe for future generations.

Paul Strzelecki appointed as Honorary Visiting Professor

Paul Strzelecki has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor at The University of Manchester, at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Paul will have an enterprise focus to his role. This will include assisting the School with industrial contacts, helping researchers identify and commercialise intellectual property, through spin-out companies and licensing, and lecturing students in enterprise subjects relating to the electronics industry.

Chief Scientific Adviser sees ground-breaking research at the University

Top scientist Professor John Beddington has looked at research designed to reduce the millions of tonnes of food that are wasted on the journey from 'farm to fork', during a visit to the University of Manchester.

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