Robotic sharks, GPS canes and turbo-charged engine designs were all on show at this year's Brunel Engineers, an annual showcase of final-year engineering students' major projects.
Given the unenviable task of choosing their favourite projects, sponsors from prestigious organisations such as Bosch and TWI helped pick 2018’s Brunel Engineers Award winners.
Best mechanical engineering project
Winners: Lorenzo Baietta, Tojo Kattady, Shyam Kishore, Jiraporn Komkuenkaew
For the design, analysis and validation of FSAW Chassis and Aerodynamics – a project which outlined the work of the chassis division of Team BMM, who represented Brunel at the Formula SAE 2017/2018 competition
For excellence in engineering analysis, simulation and modelling
Winners: Marco Berchiolli, Emir Boz, Greg Guarda, William Peachy, Lukasz Ramowski, Glen Walsh
Sponsor: Crown Packaging
For the development of an advanced axial inflow turbocharger turbine – a project for which the team designed and analysed multiple configurations of an advanced turbocharger turbine.
For enterprise and entrepreneurship
Winners: Mohammad Mohammad Hayat, Muhammad Mat Sani, Nashreen Idris, Saifur Rahman, Jasjar Kala
Sponsor: Frazer-Nash Consultancy
For the design and construction of a commercially viable multi-sensory system for bicycle safety analysis – a project for which the team designed and developed a system for monitoring and analysing the safety of a cyclist’s environment.
Best project addressing issues of sustainability and transitioning to a circular economy
Winner: Mohammed Reza Jahanzat
For the development of lightweight porous alkali activated materials for sustainable infrastructure – a project which studied the development and synthesis of lightweight porous foamed alkali-activated materials
For innovation in engineering, sustainability and design
Winners: Dylan Tuck, Matthew McCarthy, Francis Deterville, Hannah Brunskill
Sponsor: Jaguar Land Rover
For the design and research of a formula student vehicle – a project for which the team managed to increase the downforce on the front wing of their car by 29%.
For the most innovative project by a female engineer
Winner: Sidra Ghulam Mustafa
Sponsor: Nita Rabadia
For the development of an ultrasonic blind stick with GPS tracking system – a project which set out to create a low cost, efficient and comfortable aid for the visually impaired.
For innovation in design and engineers relating to medical devices
For real time facial expression recognition and heart-rate estimation on Raspberry Pi – a project which set out to develop a novel system to perform emotion recognition and heart rate detection, purely from video.
For excellence and innovation in engineering for economic and environmental sustainability
Winners: Satvir Singh, Evans Sefordzi, Enrico Tawiah Kwabena, Ritesh Ramkhelawan and Keshab Rana
For the development of a robotic lawnmower – a project for which the team developed a clean, autonomous, self-docking lawnmower
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