, A Message from the Editor(s)
Things are about to change. With all the jargon going on in my degree, I somehow managed to have time to scrape together a number of articles for the fifth instalment of the Guildsheet. Although I’ve only been working on it for the past not-so-longago, I believe we have made quite a good progress on whatever it is we’re making or whatever it is supposed to be; so welcome to Guildsheet Issue V. We have readjusted parts of the Guildsheet to include new features, of which the highlight is the BIG BRAIN TRAIL, exclusively made by your new Guildsheet Editors, for some inter-department fun. So far, we’ve put together content from different departments, and now it just looks simply amazing. We have been continuously trying and digging around for more content, and yes, we get it, some people are just not into writing articles or simply don’t have the time for it. Degree is hard work, I know, it is always a priority. However, if you have a couple of minutes to spare, why not write an article for us.We’d be more than happy to share your content! Let us know what you’re into! Tell us about a project or event you took part in! Share your opinions on something close to your heart! We as the Guildsheet Editors want to make your voice, the voice of the engineers of Imperial, heard; loud and clear! We look forward to many more issues of the Guildsheet. In the meantime, enjoy our editorial debut!
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IN THIS ISSUE: Guildsheet is a member of the Student Publication Association (SPA). We wish to thank Andrew Hill, Alessandro Bonardi, Alice Jackson and the C&GU Committee for their contributions. The views represented in Guildsheet are those of its contributors, no matter how censored. They do not represent the views of the City & Guilds College Union or Imperial College London - If they did then we’d be seud and that’s a bit naff :( .
2019 in Photos
The Philosophy of Engineering
IC Hack 2019
Soc Spotlight: ICRTS Hammersmith
Ryan’s Lessons from Hack for Humanity
Making Engineering Look Good with Tex
The Engineering Company
Interview with WEFO Chair
IC Robotics Society
PhD - Carbon Capture
Deep Meaningful Conversations
Engineering and Music
The Guidsheet BIG BRAIN Trail
Engineers of Imperial
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Davy going for walkies
Committee members on the CGCU Pub Crawl
Candyâ€™s Room performing at the CGCU Welcome Dinner. read more about them on pg. 42
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Miles modelling new CGCU Merch
Techtonics just doing their thing
The LGBT Panel event on Allyship and Inclusion in industry hosted by our Wellbeing Chair Miles provided thoughtprovoking discussion
Boâ€™ Driver, Barty, fixing up our beloved mascot Boâ€™ Mechanical engineers donning their boiler suits at the Engineering Pub Crawl
Hilliam and Alex at the Engineering Bar Night
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IC Hack had our storeroom looking more like a supermarket
Guildsheet Editor Champion & Co. at IC Hack 20
The Philosophy of Engineering
THE PHILOSOPHY OF ENGINEERING If you want answers to man, life and the universe then the imperial philosophy society is the place to find them. chair a. abdou shares his thoughts on the connection between philosophy and engineering. n choosing the topic of this introduction I Iengineering thought I’d keep it quite simple. Philosophy and may seem like two completely detached
fields of inquiry but I present here the intimate relationship they possess with one another. In my opinion the reason that they hold such wildly divergent connotations arises from their divergent degrees of commoditisation. In modern society the inherent worth of an intellectual pursuit is governed primarily by the monetary compensation that can be redeemed through the employment of that pursuit. Since philosophy and engineering sit at markedly different ends of this perceived scale, and through society’s internal dynamics; this difference has been forged.
Philosophy and engineering sit at markedly different ends of this perceived scale...
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Investigating this disparity further, philosophy and engineering also relate to different stages in the human’s interaction with its environment. One concerns itself with trying to make sense of the environment from the available information about it and the other uses this information to manage the environment for the greatest utilitarian gain. Their interplay arises from the mechanism in which humans, as physical systems, process information. Generalising this systematic processing of information into two stages: taking information from the environment and putting information back into the environment. Engineering concerns the latter stage, thereby closing the feedback loop and facilitating the development of our usage of information. Philosophy, however, concerns the former in such a fundamental way that in time it has been left behind through the continued refinement of
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Philosophy, is a walk on the slippery rock - religion, is the smile on a dog the categories we use to define fields of study. The emergence of our abilities as cognitive machines owes itself to the self-engineering characteristics of life. From the constituents and conditions of the environment we did develop and to the environment we will return. But the environment is changing, with increasing rapidity... There are now many forms of engineering to accommodate the increasing complexity of our requirements, but who were the original engineers? Following the logic of engineering, it is quite simple to deduce that before humans had developed abstract tastes for cars, planes, smart phones or vast amounts of energy - there were the fundamental requirements to live and develop civilization. Indubitably therefore, the first engineers were civil engineers. Utility in early human life came from shielding oneself from the elements, irrigating crops and creating elaborate burial sites for their rulers. With this last implementation I refer to the most classical of civil engineers: the Ancient Egyptians and the construction of the great pyramids of Giza. A feat of engineering execution that still puzzles engineers today.
mutual existence and shapes the forms of the world that we live in. Within engineering perhaps, civil engineering portrays the greatest likeness to philosophy - they are both intrinsically foundational. I hope my introduction serves a good primer for, and that you enjoy, the remainder of the evening. Thank you. âˆŽ A. AdbouÂ Imperial Philosophy Society
Civil Engineering has been the most significant field of engineering in facilitating the development of human life and society. Its products provide essential amenities, allow large groups of people to coordinate their
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IC Hack 19
From smart shopping to software that can sense your opinions: more than 400 students gathered at Imperial IC HACK 19 IC Hack 19 brought together talented programmers, designers and hackers from Imperial and universities across the UK. Over 24 hours, they were challenged to come up with new apps, games and innovative technology that could revolutionise industries and change the way we live our lives. Organised by DoCSoc, the student society for the Department of Computing at Imperial, IC Hack 19 was powered by international tech giant Cisco and was sponsored by global companies including Visa, American Express, and Imperial-founded software company Improbable. During a 24 hour hacking marathon, participants were invited to compete for prizes across several challenges, including categories such as best educational hack, most helpful hack and most ethical hack. The Cisco Best Collaboration-Based Hack was awarded to Emotivote, who developed an extension to Cisco’s Webex team-working software that uses sentiment analysis of speech and video to give real-time insights into how teams are feeling about suggestions and ideas. The Most Helpful Hack award went to team LostFound, who created an app that would allow students to report lost items on campus and be alerted when potential matched items are found by others. The DoCSoc Choice Award went to RFIDCheckout, who invented a checkout system that can automatically detect the content of a person’s shopping bag without needing to scan each item. The team say that their technology could eliminate the need for self-checkout counters and long queues at supermarkets.
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Other winners included software that can analyse handwritten maths equations for mistakes, an app that can suggest recipes based on food in a person’s fridge to reduce food waste, and a blockchain based system to tackle fake news.
It was impressive to see such a diverse and talented group coming together to develop new solutions to very real problems. Chintan Patel, Chief Technology Officer for Cisco UK and Ireland
Chintan Patel, Chief Technology Officer for Cisco UK and Ireland said: “We were incredibly proud to support IC Hack 19. It was impressive to see such a diverse and talented group coming together to develop new solutions to very real problems. Helping to support this next generation of talent with the skills and tools needed for the future workforce is core to Cisco’s strategy in the UK.” Fawaz Shah, DoCSoc member and one of the organisers of IC Hack 19, said: “IC Hack 19
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was the largest iteration of IC Hack we’ve ever held, attracting over 400 of the brightest students in London and beyond! From hosting Cisco as our Title Sponsor to being featured on BBC News for the first time, we’re astonished at how IC Hack has grown over the years. We ran a huge range of new activities for our attendees this year such as a photo booth, a bubble tea stand, popcorn stands and more, as well as now-traditional activities like midnight pizza.The quality of the hacks which were presented at the Closing Ceremony blew us all away, and especially impressed our sponsors. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to our very generous sponsors, without whom an event of this scale could not take place, as well as to all the volunteers who helped run the show throughout the weekend. Now onto IC Hack 20!” ▶
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IC Hack 19
ICHack. my first ever hackathon. It was such an incredible experience thanks to my teammates, the excellent organisers and generous sponsors. Last weekend I attended my first ever hackathon, IC Hack 19! It was a truly incredible experience, thanks to my teammates, the excellent organisers and generous sponsors. We had so much fun building ParaPhrase, a mobile app for paramedics that summarises everything that happens from when they first reach the scene until they reach the hospital, where they can quickly handover a full breakdown of events. You can read more about it on DevPost: https://devpost. com/software/paraphrase As this was our first hackathon, we didn’t set our expectations too high in terms of the end product, so we were thrilled that our app worked by the end of the 24 hours. To be nominated as a finalist was something else, and winning the award for Best Newcomer’s Hack was out of this world. Furthermore, technology in medicine and healthcare is something I’m really passionate about, so to win with this idea made it even more surreal. Even though we won an award, there was so much we learnt from IC Hack 19, which I’ve taken the time to note down.
wrench Management is hard With four of us on the team, delegating the tasks involved with building such a complex system in such a short space of time was nearly as hard as building the system itself.We had to make sure that everyone had something to do, everyone was doing tasks suited to their strengths and the dependencies required to begin other tasks were completed at the right time. Fortunately, careful planning in advance, both in terms of understanding everyone’s skillset and the project itself, meant we were able to manage the project well for the most part. For future hackathons, as we start to work on more advanced projects, I see this as something we’ll need to give even more attention to. We’ll continue to understand each other’s strengths as our technical skills develop, plan our projects carefully and look into some of the many tools out there for us to keep track of what we need to be doing over the hackathon. comment Communication is key As I set out in the section above, hackathons are definitely not just about the technical aspect. Adding to technical development
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slides. I feel like these would have helped us communicate our journey a lot better, and we’re definitely going to spend time on that in the future. trophy It’s more than a competition
and collaboration, communication was also something really important throughout the weekend and something I feel we could have done better. As a team, we spent lots of the weekend talking to each other: discussing progress, teaching each other new things and, of course, just having fun. That was great and we’ll continue to do that. Furthermore, we did communicate our idea and what we built well, which helped us win, however, there is definitely room for improvement here. We spent time preparing a demo, but this didn’t really include future plans for the app, both in terms of what we didn’t get to build over the weekend and more long-term ideas. We’re definitely going to invest more time in communicating our journey as a whole - past, present and future - as opposed to just talking about what we achieved. Whilst we had a few images, we didn’t have any graphics, videos or
The competitive nature of hackathons means it can be quite easy to forget that hackathons are as much a learning experience as they are a competition. I certainly learnt a huge amount from this weekend, both individually and as a team member, as set out above (although there’s so much more I haven’t written about). Whilst we didn’t focus too much on the competitive part of last weekend until the judging stage, I can see this as something that could get the better of us at future hackathons. Whilst we’ll always strive to do the best we possibly can, I’ll always prioritise having fun as a team, learning new things and just enjoying the experience. Purely focusing on winning could easily detract from the experience, and I feel like the best outcomes will always occur when everyone has had a wholesome time. Overall, I had so much fun, learnt a huge amount and came away with a lot. Bring on the next hackathon! ∎ Rishi Hindocha Reproduced from his blog https://rishk.me with permission
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Soc Spotlight: ICRTS
SOC SPOTLIGHT: The C&G office is notoriously split between normies and those who have tube fetishes. In a slightly extended Soc Spotlight we focus on the Imperial College Rail and Transport Society - ICRTS. In Issue II of â€œThe Boltâ€? we featured the group after a trilling visit to the control center of the sub-surface lines of our beautiful undergroud. Hammersmith Control Centre Visit The Imperial College Railway and Transport Society (ICRTS) were kindly granted permission to visit The Hammersmith Service Control Centre on December 12th, 2018. The Hammersmith Service Control Centre is the heart of the four lines modernization (4LM) project aiming to increase capacity and improve journey experience across the 4 sub-surface underground lines (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) which make up 40% of the London Underground network. As you may be aware, the first phase of this project is already in place with 192 new air-conditioned, walk through trains now in service, replacing the older generation completely. The next steps in this project involve a lot of infrastructure work both inside the control centre, and out across the network. Communication Based Train Control (CBTC): What is it? How does it impact your journey? Signaling systems are a vital component of rail transport as they ensure passengers are safe by preventing a train getting too close to the train in front whilst running at operational speed.
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Years ago, London underground and mostmetro systems relied on a fixed block signaling system. The principle of this system is simple. The railway is divided into many sections, where each section covers a couple of hundred meters of track. A trackside signal protecting that block will only allow one train to enter the section at any given time. A train can be detected by applying a small voltage to the running rails. When a train is in the section, the wheels create a circuit between the two rails and allow current to flow. This is detected by the signaling system which then sets the signal for the entrance to that block to red, stopping the next train from entering until the previous one has left. For safety reasons, at least one section will be reserved as a buffer to keep two running trains apart from each other. The fixed block system works, and many metro and mainline systems still use it, but there is one major problem. As the operator tries to run more trains to cope with increasing demand, the line capacity will be reached. If the demand exceeds the fix block system limit, a new signaling system must be deployed. CBTC is a new signaling system that allow operators to squeeze more trains in on existing tracks. It relies on continuous communication between each train and the control centre. With the aid of tags installed between the rails every 20-50 meters along the track,
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And I thought Fatima had a lot of monitors... these guys must really be compensating for something the control centre knows exactly where trains are. Computers in the control centre can then give each train safe distance it can proceed, called a movement authority based upon where the other trains are on the track. On board computers installed on each train then calculate the appropriate running speed so that the train can come to rest before it exceeds the movement authority and potentially collides with the train in front.
porary speed limit on some sections or block all trains from entering a section and reroute them instead.
What can be controlled from here?
In most new metro systems, tunnels dive over and under each other at junctions to allow trains to pass through without affecting other trains coming from other direction. Unfortunately,Victorian engineers did not expect that the metro network they started would experience such a high demand in the 21st century. In those days, a train ran every 10-15 ▶
Additionally, staff can monitor platform CCTV. They can see some people playing a popular commuter game called ‘Which Train Will Leave First’ at some stations such as Earl’s Court. ICRTS was told that seeing commuter moving back and forth trying to figure out which train will depart first is very funny indeed. From the passenger point of Once the entire system is up, view, this means a more frequent driving an underground train train service with better live might be a bit more boring than customer information. In addiit used to be. In fact, the system tion, replacing aging signaling syswas designed to be capable of tems with a new one results in fully automatic operation withmore reliable services and fewer out a driver in any circumstance. signal failures. Once 4LM is fully completed However, for public safety concerns, there will in 2023, the capacity of sub-surface lines will be a trained driver on board to deal with anybe increased by 33% during peak hours. Not unexpected incident in foreseeable future. only receiving more frequent services, passengers will eventually benefit from night tube on Challenges of installing 21st century some parts of sub-surface lines as well. signaling on Victorian infrastructure
Basically, almost everything from monitoring the entire system to redirecting a train to new destination. On the simulator, ICRTS was shown how staff in the control room can order a train to skip a station, hold a train at a station or between two stations, put a tem-
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minutes with fewer passengers compared to today. As a result, features like flat junctions at Earls Court and short platforms at Baker Street which were completely acceptable in Victorian era become bottlenecks of the modern system today.
tract needed to make sure that the system will be compatible with the other line. The final solution to be put in place will be confirmed once the other line gets the signaling system upgraded.
As it is technically and financially impractical to close the lines and rebuild these junctions, the only choice remaining is to leave it to a crack team of programmers to design special software for London Underground. This software must deal with the four main flat junctions across the sub-surface underground network, and schedule trains to prevent them having to stop and wait for the junction to be clear. Due to this complexity, not all railway signaling companies can handle this. Also, this software needs to be checked and thoroughly tested to make sure that it will never cause an accident.
In many new-built metro stations around the world, platform edge doors are important feature. (In London, underground stations in Jubilee Line extension and Elizabeth Line can give you an idea about what full-height platform edge doors look like.) The staff told ICRTS about the fact that the ‘main purpose’ of full-height platform edge doors is not all about preventing person or item from falling into railway track but to control the air flow in the tunnel.
Shared track The other challenge for 4LM is the fact that some parts of sub-surface track are shared with national rail or other London Underground lines. As trains operating on national rail network were designed to work with different signaling systems, computers in the control centre control trackside signals in the shared sections for both normal and underground trains. For the shared section with other London Underground lines, the railway signaling company that was awarded the con-
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Regarding platform edge doors
Nowadays, many metro operators in major
cities try to modernize their own network by installing platform edge doors for safety as well as ventilation. ICRTS was told that it is be unlikely however that platform edge doors will be installed on existing underground stations in the foreseeable future as many platforms across the London Underground are curvy (like curly fries). To make things even worse, some of them are S-shaped. Current day platform edge doors require ‘almost straight’ platforms to accommodate them. The other limitation is the train fleet. With
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an exception of specially designed platform in the event it must be locked down because edge doors, once the doors are installed that of a security incident. platform can only accommodate trains whose doors match the platform edge CBTC relies on the trains comdoors. This means for the lines municating over a special WiFi that a platform screen doors innetwork that is installed in the stallation plan is in place, the tunnels solely for this purpose. current rolling stock must be reThough the technology is the placed before they are fitted. same, unauthorized devices are not permitted to access it and in Safety issues the event the computer does detect a foreign device attempting Safety and security are important factors be- to masquerade as a train it will fail into a safe hind a lot of designs and decisions in the 4LM state by ordering trains in the vicinity to stop project. This is because London Underground and ignoring messages from the suspicious deis a very important transport infrastructure vice. that millions of people rely on. The system needs to be up and running almost 24/7. In the Did you Know? rare event the system must shut down unexpectedly, a rigid plan is in place to ensure the â–ś Hammersmith depot had been used to network can be evacuated quickly and safely. maintain C-stock trains. After S7/S8 stock The control centre is designed to be able to took over, it turned into siding. remain online to coordinate the evacuation if â–ś Four sub-surface lines are divided into 14 one was required. signaling areas. Being such a critical piece of infrastructure, the Hammersmith Control Centre is a highly secured building with several fences and physical obstacles to prevent unauthorized access. It has two different power supplies and backup generators to ensure it is never without power and can sustain its staff for a few days
Just think about all this tech and sophistication next time you block the door and cause a delay.You sod.
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5 Things I Learned from my First Ever Hackathon
5 THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST EVER HACKATHON RYAN TALKS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES AT HACK FOR HUMANITY
Last weekend, I participated in Imperial College’s largest social enterprise hackathon, the Hack for Humanity. The core message of the event, as conveyed by Jed, resonated with me. As a world leading institution, Imperial is perfectly placed to gather the smartest brains together to tackle the world’s toughest problems. If the best of us can’t, or don’t want to do it, how would the rest fare? The event did not disappoint, and those two days were extremely rich in both content and competition. Amongst the many things I learned, 5 of them stood out as particularly useful. 1.The Importance of Having a Strong Team Dynamic This was illustrated from the very beginning of the event. One crucial judging criteria for the Hult Prize was the team itself. As mentioned by last year’s winner Lincoln, investors make an investment in the team as much if not more than the product. The winning team displayed great energy during their pitch at the final round. They distributed the speaking loads well, with each member having the chance to express themselves, with sublime transitions. I thought this team dynamic was a decisive factor in them clinching first prize. During my internship in venture capital, my supervising Partner would listen to and discard startup pitches like used tissue paper. However, there was one case where he made an exception: after meeting one particularly impressionable company, he was won over by the co-founders, not their business (it was still in its infancy). Even though he did not invest, he kept in touch with the founders with the intent to invest when the timing was better. When working in a team, there will be people who just do not gel with you. They might be unpleasant, but most of the time they do not have malicious intentions. They may just
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operate on a different wavelength or simply be in a bad mood that day. Once you attribute it to that, you will find that you are able to separate the interaction from the person. Being able to do this can mean the difference between a slightly unpleasant day and a completely ruined one. This is an invaluable skill when working with clients/co-workers who you might normally want to avoid. 2. Network makes the Net Work On the first night of the event, my teammates headed back early, as we did not need to find new teammates. However, I stayed for longer and had the chance to speak to Desiree. The next day, I walked into our team room and Desiree was there as a mentor! I had no clue she was a mentor at all while I was speaking to her the day before! She proved invaluable in securing other mentors (such as Lesley, Alp, Ato and Joel), each offering indispensable advice and ideas in formulating our business idea. Desiree even stayed with us to help motivate us after it turned out that our initial idea had too many problems. Shoutout to Desiree here, as she was able to contact her friend Ato, whose dynamic problem solving ability which helped flesh out our new business model when we are about to pull the last of our hair out. Having a strong network is critical to career success. It is even related to salary growth. The more people you know and who know you will help propel your career to greater heights. Additionally, don’t discount anyone in your network! Somebody will know somebody who knows somebody holding the keys to your dream career. Be nice and genuine to people, and always pay it forward. 3. Structure, Structure, Structure One of the biggest obstacles we faced during the Hackathon was analyzing our problem in a structured manner. We tried to view fashion through the process of making a garment –
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from obtaining the raw materials to end of life incineration, but we were unable to identify and examine the problems in detail. During our pitch, the lack of structure showed, as our business was thoroughly dissected and found to have too many moving parts. What we assumed was obvious was not at all evident to the judges.
mented each other amazingly, each speaking with a loud and confident voice, displaying open body language and commanding the attention of the room.
5. Social Enterprise can be Profitable The Hult Prize set audacious goals, to build bold businesses that could have a net positive impact on the environment with every dollar Many firms (most notably McKinsey) reject earned, whilst being self-sustainable. I have to many otherwise bright candidates for one pri- admit that the pragmatist in me was extrememary reason : not being structured enough. If ly sceptical of this goal. one lesson is to be learned from this article, it is that having a clear structure is extremely I always thought social enterprise was equivuseful in conveying convoluted ideas. alent to building a well, working for charity or worse, crowdfunding feel-good trips which 4. Presentation matters A LOT did nothing to help disadvantaged people/reDuring the first pitching round, I was particu- gions. However, I can say that after this weeklarly impressed with one of the other team’s end I walked away inspired by the many ideas pitch deck. Their presentation was so profes- generated during the hackathon that were sional it seemed to me as if they had a startup simple, yet revolutionary and world changing. already up and running beforehand. They even had a financial breakdown and custom brand Last year’s winner, Rice Inc. came up with a logo prepared! This was amazing considering simple but brilliant idea that managed to imthat we only had around 24 hours to pick pact the livelihoods of Burmese rice farmers. a problem and generate a working business They were also able to turn this into a profmodel to tackle it. Their strong pitch and pre- itable business too! So, one message to take sentation skills netted them second place. away from this weekend is that you can make both profit and a positive social impact at the In most cases, the first impression you make same time. ∎ will determine how people perceive you. Dress well, prepare well and speak well. And it Ryan Ju Rong Tham isn’t simply putting on a nice outfit (although Aeronautical Engineering that helps as well). Everything in your pitch References Hans-Georg, and Klaus Moser. “Effects of networking on matters – the slides, the people and even your Wolff, career success: A longitudinal study.” University of Erlangen-Nurenbody language! The winning team comple- burg, Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center (LASER) (2008).
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Interview with Tex
ENGINEERING, CREATIVITY AND LOOKING GOOD an interview with TEX, AN ENGINEERING, AVIATION AND CREATIVITY ENTHUSIAST
Tejasva Malhotra (a.k.a Tex), a 3rd Year Aeronautical Engineering student at Imperial, met up with Guildsheet editors to talk about his time and development as an Imperial Engineering student, his journey in fashion and creativity, and his aspirations and outlooks for the future. How have you been since your last interview for the Guildsheet? Good, good, life is getting better! Things are moving forward, more clarity in some areas, there’s some fogginess in some other areas, but I think that is what the process is all about, just trying to appreciate the good experiences and learn from the bad ones. What advice would you give to younger students progressing up in the years at Imperial? Try to always look at the bigger picture. I feel like we as students tend to forget about the bigger picture of why we’re doing this. So if engineering to you meant making cool cars, cool aeroplanes, cool rockets, or whatever you’re into, keep that in mind. Sometimes we’re so focused on the project that we’re doing that we forget why we’re doing it, and that’s why we start complaining, sometimes even lose hope, and think to ourselves ‘ah this is just too much’. But actually, if you keep that end goal in mind, life can get pretty nice. What kind of project have you been a part of whilst at Imperial? In my first year, I didn’t do much, I wasn’t in the best mindset with transitioning into uni etc. Towards the end of first year I started doing
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with all the other fashion-enthusiasts. Come and see us! The theme is ‘80s vs. 2000s’, so while you’ll see a bit of both styles I anticipate there’ll be a lot of mixing up of styles. It’s a very different experience this year; I’m really grateful to be a part of it again this year. What tips would you give to others who would like to develop their outward image?
stuff with Drone Soc and Autodesk, I think that’s where it started with me. In second year, I was involved with way too many things (don’t make that mistake either). One of the guys from Autodesk himself said “don’t spread the butter too thin”: don’t do too many things at the same time, the attention you end up giving to each of them is less. I was part of DroneSoc, Imperial College London Rocketry (ICLR), Fashion, Indian Society, along with many other things I was doing on my own. Each of them required me to be there quite a bit. I did learn a lot from all of them, but in hindsight, I think it’s better to prioritise, see what you really want, see what really excites you and ask yourself does it align with what you want to do in the future [particularly if you find that you are doing too much and need to cut certain activities]. You’re still in Fashion Soc this year, can you tell us more about what you’re doing in Fashion Soc and what we’re expecting to see at this year’s fashion show? Fashion shows we do at Imperial are charity based, so we always try to support charities, have some fun but at the same time try to do some good for humanity and the world. I’m part of three walks, at the moment I’m not sure what the dresses are*, but it has always been, and I know this year it will be very fun. The people I work with are very nice, and after spending so much time with them, we really grow together and become good friends
Sure; believe it or not, I’m definitely more of an introvert. A lot of people find that difficult to believe, but it is what it is. I made a conscious decision to be more ‘out there’ because of the kinds of things I want to do in the future, which requires me to have extrovert characteristics. Believe it or not, a few years ago I had no clue about fashion, no colour combinations – nothing. I just threw a hoodie on… and that was it. What I started noticing was, whenever I looked up to great people, they would always dress really well. So I was like maybe one certain aspect would be to dress well. So I started with a bit of research. Truth is, it’s a very slow process of learning, like with anything really. Like in engineering, for example, you first learn maths, then you learn a bit of physics, which you can then apply to structures, and then you’re able to build structures. It’s very similar with fashion. Me personally, I like to keep it minimal and sleek, so combinations of black, blue, white and other standard colours. Some advice? Look at those people you look up to in the real world, your inspiration, for example, Steve Jobs and his turtleneck and blue jeans – simple, and he looked good. Imagine yourself five or so years down the line, see that kind of person you want yourself to be, really envisage it and go from there. You’re a very creative person; not only do you do fashion but you also do a lot of music, how has that been going? Music is therapeutic for me, it’s one of those things where whether I release the music or not is a secondary thing. The primary thing is actually just vibing to it, feeling through it, learning through it. I get a lot of ideas through music as well. I wanted to work on music more seriously this year. During the summer I ▶
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Interview with Tex
was meant to be doing an internship, but because of logistics reasons I couldn’t, so I spent my time learning animation and just working on music and animations for the music. I’ve so far released two songs from the album which I am working on as well, it’s just that 3rd year Aero is pretty intense which means I haven’t been able to give a lot of time to music, but every now and then I make sure I write a few lines or verses. For me, I don’t want to write what I’m not feeling, for example if it’s a really intense song but I’m feeling quite low, I’m not going to be working on that song because I want what I put out there to be as genuine as possible, because I feel like this world has become quite ‘masked’, I’d say, and I feel like it needs more genuineness. I don’t mind delaying the stuff I put out as long as I’m able to make it genuine, with hopes that it will actually help people out there too. So far the songs I’ve put out have created a positive impact, and I’m really grateful to know that my lyrics have touched hearts around the world. You mentioned you worked with Autodesk, yet another branch of your creative character, what do you do with Autodesk? My journey with Autodesk began in my first year. They had a competition with DroneSoc and was part of the team that won second place in the competition to design a drone chasis around a given set of components, and then you fly it. There were two challenges, one was creative and one was a race, I went for the creative one and made a flying car, got a top place and a prize. After that I thought these guys were really cool people who gave off really good vibes, especially Steve Parkinson and Mark Chester (to name but a few), so I went up to Steven and said ‘I think you guys are really cool, do you do stuff for students?’ and he said, ‘yeah absolutely’. I wasn’t really expecting that, but sure, a few weeks later Nicole (Aero III) and I went to Birmingham for this conference and we taught kids how to make drones. It was really nice, because I find drones really cool, and just being able to share that with somebody is also really nice, especially kids who are like ‘I want to become an engineer one day, I wonder what that’s like’, just being
able to give them even a small insight is really valuable to them as well. Later on I became a student expert at Autodesk, gave a few lectures here and there, then I became an Ambassador. Every now and then, maybe at Imperial or a few other schools, I go to give lessons on how to work with Fusion 360. I also work with a few Generative Design stuff, which is their new cutting edge technology; currently I’m working on a landing gear optimisation project, which is not a direct project with Autodesk, it’s more of a personal project but it helps that they’re in touch. What do you for yourself in the future? What are your aspirations? So if you asked me that question a year ago, I probably would have been able to give you a clear answer, but I’m in my third year and actually I feel lost, I’m not going to lie, but I feel that’s completely awesome actually. If your life is going constantly well, that’s a great thing, but if it isn’t ‘consciously going well’ something’s off. There’s a possibility that you might be living off other people’s expectations or assumptions of what is an ideal life, rather than thinking for yourself. I’ve always questioned society, but especially since this year I’ve been more aware of the kinds of things I want to do eventually in the future, so I need to decide what to do next. I think that’s completely ok, because that means I’m being more aware, being more conscious, asking questions to myself, to people; it’s all part of the process, you have your ups and you have your downs, but I believe the best thing is to learn from your downs because that’s how you’ll best appreciate the ups. But currently I feel lost, but eventually I want to start my own company, do stuff that really contributes to the world, and steer the world off that whole façade of ‘fake success’ (or whatever you want to call it) and actually develop humans, not just as individuals but also the world as a whole. ∎
Nnaemeka (Nemi) Anyamele Aeronautical Engineering Editor, Guildsheet *at time of interview
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The Engineering Company
redefIning engineering design forbes 30 under 30 imperial alumnus discusses his journey The Engineering departments of Imperial College London have produced countless entrepreneurs and innovators, but this startup seems to stand out from the rest whether it be because of their novel paradigm or the vast potential of their product. Known as ‘The Engineering Company’ (TEC), they are reinventing the way we develop hardware by advancing the software we use. Their CEO and Founder, Parikshat Singh, is not only an Imperial Mechanical Engineering graduate, but was also on the CGCU Committee in 2015 as what was then called the Academic Affairs Officer. Amazingly, he is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 list for the work of his company. One evening during November 2019, we had the fortune to have him in Imperial for a talk to current students. It was the first industry talk of the year held by CGCU, what better than for it to be from an Imperial engineering alumnus and a company whose very name encompasses all the disciplines of the students we represent? As with CGCU’s goal of providing events and opportunities of interests to all engineers of Imperial, the attendees included students from all eight engineering departments. Pari delivered an impassioned speech detailing his rise from a simple graduate to a Forbes 30 Under 30 CEO with the backing of industry giants such as Microsoft, UBS, Magic Pony, as well as two royal families from around the world. During his thesis, he worked on abstracting the engineering design process of designing rockets in order to massively increase design speed and quality. Since then, the work of his passion has continued and been expanded on, with the technology involved exponentially developing thanks to the team of talented engineers from companies such as Facebook, Google, McLaren and QinetiQ helping him. On the works of the company that is the Magnum Opus so far in his life, Pari says,
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“Unlike software, industrial hardware is still designed at the lowest level, taking years and millions to develop. We are building the software abstraction layer that will one day power all industrial design and development. Designing robots, wind turbines, rockets... is expensive, slow, repetitive and can only be done by experts. Our technology massively accelerates design and lowers economic and technical barriers to entry, making inconceivable technologies possible.” Immediately following the talk, there was a networking session (with pizza!). Even though the food ran out soon into the session, the number of attendees staying and chatting to Pari and his team did not. The students were keen to know even more about the revolutionary product that Pari and the company are developing, with some even asking on-the-spot whether they could be beta testers! Of course, amongst the crowd of career-driven Imperial students, there would not be an absence of people handing in physical copies of their CVs directly to the CEO in hopes of making a deeper impression and standing out in the sea of applicants. All in all, the talk was a definite success with both the team from TEC and the students in attendance walking away happy, seemingly have gotten what they want out of the event. ∎
Hayley Wong Aeronautical Engineering Vice President, CGCU
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY Know how you are getting home, tell people where you are going and when youâ€™re leaving.
Alumni Interview: Marlene Kanga
INTERVIEW WITH THE WFEO CHAIR Dr Marlene Kanga AM is the President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the international body for engineering institutions representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers around the world. She is the first chemical engineer to hold this position, specialising in process safety and risk engineering for the oil and gas industry in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Kanga completed her Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1977, prior to which she achieved a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She also holds a PhD in Business Administration from Macquarie University in Sydney. We spoke to Marlene to find out more about her time at Imperial and her career in Chemical Engineering. What were your first impressions of the Department of Chemical Engineering when you joined? I came to Imperial College to specialise in process safety because I wanted to work in a field of â€œsocially responsibleâ€? engineering. I was aware of environmental issues as well and the course seemed very appropriate to my goals. I was impressed to find that about 10% of the students were women and many were international students. I was also in awe of the impressive research credentials of the staff at Imperial, there were a few Nobel prize winners who were very inspiring and I enjoyed my conversations with them. Especially as I worked on my thesis, I was empowered to explore and think about problems and develop solutions without constraints. The international student community was also a great network and many have remained lifelong friends. Interestingly, when I became President of Engineers Australia and visited my peer institutions in Asia and the UK, many of the presidents of these institutions were also from Imperial College and had a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC), resulting in stronger relationships because of our shared academic
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heritage. It also demonstrates the that so many students from Imperial College go on to be leaders in varied fields around the world. How did your experience at Imperial College London shape your perception of Chemical Engineering and the career path you wanted to pursue? I was very fortunate that the specialisation I chose was aligned with my goal for socially responsible engineering, to make a contribution that made a positive impact on people. In Australia, I was one the very few with formal qualifications in process safety and I quickly built a career that took me around Australia and New Zealand visiting every chemical plant, refinery and gas processing facility, in the very remotest locations, even the outback! I am well known for my purple safety boots as one of the very few women in this field and I love every minute! What has been the highlight of your career so far? A highlight of my career has been the development of the land use safety criteria which have been adopted across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and have kept millions of people safe. It is a great example of the positive impact of engineering on our lives, on our economic and social well-being. This is the great power of engineering. And of course it all started at Imperial College. Tell us about your current role. What does your Presidency involve? The World Federation of Engineering Organisations is the peak body for engineering it is the voice of engineering at an international level and promotes the important role of engineers in key issues that the world is now facing: sustainable development, the growth of our cities, climate change and strategies for energy production to meet the needs to the growing population around the world. In this work, the WFEO Organisations is recognised by government, intergovernmental organisations, international NGOs and the public in general as a respected and reliable source of advice and guidance on strategies and
Alumni Interview: Marlene Kanga
How did you decide the Presidency was something you wanted to pursue in your career? I never planned to be President of WFEO! This has occurred as a natural progression of the voluntary service I have given the engineering profession. I love engineering and simply wanted to give back because it has given me so much.
policies that use engineering and technology for the benefit of human development and wellbeing and sustainable outcomes. As President, I am Chair of the Board and the General Assembly. I have aw role to set and lead the strategic objectives of the organisation with the Board, and to ensure sound governance and administration for the organisation In this role I also have the opportunity to engage with the other international organisations such as the United Nations, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)and World Bank as well as other peak bodies in engineering and science, for example, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies which are the engineering academics of the world, the International Science Council, which represents the scientists of the world and the International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists which represents women in STEM internationally. The engagement with WFEO’s international partners enables us to work together to achieve our strategic objectives, in particular, to address the global shortage of engineers required by industry. We are working together to ensure that engineering education standards meet current needs and that there is appropriate support for the national engineering education systems, mainly in Asia and Africa, to ensure that strong institutions are developed so that these standards are achieved and maintained.
I specialised in process safety engineering at Imperial College London, when it was still the University of London. I have had a very successful career in process safety engineering in Australia and New Zealand and was fortunate to have the opportunity to draft the first land use safety criteria to safeguard the community from the development of hazardous industry, i.e. industry that involves toxic explosive or flammable chemicals.These criteria have been adopted into regulations across Australia, New Zealand and recently in Singapore. I was one of the first few women members at Engineers Australia and was a Chartered member and one of the very few Fellows of the Institution. However, I was very busy with career and family to take an active role in the Institution until 12 years ago when I was part of the rejuvenation of the national Women in Engineering Committee, was elected to the Board of Engineers Australia and served between 2007-2014, becoming National President in 2013. I was also a founding member of the WFEO Women in Engineering Committee in 2008 and was elected to the WFEO Executive Council in 2013 and President in 2015, serving my current term 2017-2019. I implemented flexible Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements for Chartered engineers taking a career break, a world first and now part of legislation in Queensland, and diversity was included as a leadership value in the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics, another world first at the time.Throughout this time my objective is to serve, to make a difference and to leave things in a better way than they were before. It’s not about me, it’s about the outcomes. ∎ Sara West Chemical Engineering References: https://www.chemengsoc.com/pipeline Photo: Imperial College London
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IC Robotics Society News
news It’s us again, your favourite robot overlords friendly, definitely human society! You may have seen us before – maybe at the Freshers’ Fair with our robots and 3D printers, at our annual Fresher’s Challenge, or you came to see us in our lab in EEE 505? If you haven’t – nice to meet you! We are the Imperial College Robotics Society, and our aim is to make robotics and making accessible to everyone. We run various robotic projects in which members can participate, organise talks with industry partners on everything robotics related, and we participate in robotics competitions such as VEX, Eurobot or Pi Wars. We also run the makerspace in which members can use all sorts of tools – 3D printers, a laser cutter, power tools, soldering equipment, electronic test equipment, you name it! - to make their projects become reality. Or to finish overdue labs, too.
through an improvized maze, and the fastest robot to exit the maze autonomously wins! We typically get a lot of demand from various departments – you definitely don’t need to be EEE or MechEng to do this! Our next course runs next year. This year, we have a team running in the Eurobot competition. The team is meeting every Wednesday and Friday to work on the robot. It is quite a challenge – it involves computer vision, control, mechanical engineering, and a lot of good (and some janky) ideas! They will be competing in the UK nationals on the 30th of March 2019. That’s not all in terms of competitions yet! ICRS has the pleasure of launching its first ever Sumobot competition! It’s in the name: robot sumo-wrestling with each other. Imperial teams will go against teams from Southampton, UCL and KCL on the 23rd of March.
As mentioned before, we want to make robotics accessible to everyone. This is why we run our Robotics 101 course – our 5-week long flagship course for beginners! Participants meet weekly and learn how to build a fully functioning maze navigating robot from scratch. No prior experience required here – it’s all about learning the basics of assembling the chassis, the electronics, and programming. At the end of the course, everyone puts their robot
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next events: 17/02 ARM Talk Autonomous Driving and ARM’s Involvement
We have been running other, more social events too! So far, this year we have had 2 Movie Nights watching robot-related films. Back in December, members attended the yearly Christmas Dinner, as well as the annual edition of ICRS on Ice, where we went ice skating at the Natural History Museum ice rink, around the beautiful Christmas tree. Continuing on traditions, we came to ICHack19. ICRS was the ICHack19 hardware partner, along with Imperial College Advanced Hackspace. Teams came to the lab to ask for advice, request equipment, and work on their projects. Those were very varied, too – from an automatic self-checkout system with UHF antenna arrays, a motorized beer tap, to a small scale replica of a smart home. Before ICHack even begun, we started preparing for it – ICRS was the supplier of 3D printed trophies. We wanted to give a shoutout to ICAH, and especially to Aksat and Ryan for helping us with the laser cutter, various equipment, and most importantly for offering very helpful advice to hackers and ourselves.
Arm works closely with the automotive industry to understand the challenges of delivering autonomous vehicles and has developed new solutions to help power the production of fully autonomous vehicles at scale. Liyou Zhou is giving a talk about autonomous driving. It will be interesting and make sure you don’t miss this!
11/03 Robotics Forum Talk: Robot Manipulation by Dr Ed Johns Robot manipulation is the study of how robots can physically interact with objects in their environment, using their arms and hands. In recent years, a wide range of machine learning approaches have been developed for robot manipulation, including applications of deep learning and reinforcement learning. However, classical robot control, using engineered, modelbased approaches, still has its place in robotics, yet it is often overlooked due to the recent popularity of machine learning.
This year is a special one in our history – ICRS turns 10! It was founded in 2009, starting with a few tables, and some equipment in the 505 lab space. It has evolved over the years - now with almost 400 members! For the next years we hope to have more talks, even better industry links, even more amazing equipment for members to use, but most importantly – even more people interested in robotics or making. So join us for the ride, and here’s to another 10 years of taking over the world making, programming, debugging and building the future. ∎
Join our slack: ic-robotics.slack.com Follow us @icrobotics
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Faces of Engineering: LG
Bar Night and Karaok
CGCU Pub Quiz 6-7pm, 568
2020 Elections:Town Hall 5-6pm, Location TBC
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Queenâ€™s Tower Tours Time TBC, Limited Tickets!
LGBT+ 6-8pm, CAGB200
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Release Edition V
ntineâ€™s Day Stalls 2-3pm, Dalby Court
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PhD Carbon Capture
PHD POWERED PUSH FOR CARBON CAPTURE New CO2 separating membranes could make carbon capture more efficient New composite membrane can make separation, storage and release of carbon dioxide easier, meaning more can be extracted from power plant emissions. The composite material, developed by PhD student Nicholaus Prasetya and Dr Bradley Ladewig from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial is the first of its kind. Initial research shows its ability to effectively separate carbon dioxide and nitrogen in postcombustion processes; for example treating flue gas from a power plant.
The membrane, developed by researchers at Imperial College London and published today in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, performs better than traditional materials when used for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture from power plants. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the key technologies for reducing CO2 emissions from power plants, by preventing them from reaching the atmosphere. This CO2 can then be passed on to industries that need it. Recent CO2 shortages brought several industries, including food and drink, to a standstill, demonstrating the importance of ensuring year-round supplies. CCS is also widely recognised as playing a vital role in supporting the UK to meet its climate change goals. To capture the CO2, it first has to be separated from the other gases emitted by power plants, and this is where the new membrane comes in. The membrane is made of a UVresponsive material and a polymer, which can absorb and release CO2 with the application of UV light. This is a less energy-intensive way to release the CO2, which would otherwise require the application of heat or pressure.
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Dr Ladewig said: “Our previous work already showed that photo-responsive materials can be used as carbon dioxide sorbents, but this is really innovative - we have shown that it’s possible to make photo-responsive carbon dioxide separation membranes.” This research has opened the door for further exploration of innovative applications for UVresponsive materials in the carbon capture and post-combustion stage of carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes. When CO2 is filtered more efficiently in these processes, the result is that less CO2 is released into the atmosphere and more can be stored for further use in other industries that have a demand for it. As an emerging area of research, further experimentation is required, but initial results are promising. An important element of the carbon capture and storage process, this work could lead to a new generation of more efficient, longer lasting, and cheaper to develop membranes. ∎
Sara West Chemical Engineering
A new and highly robust light-responsive Azo-UiO-66 for highly selective and low energy post-combustion CO2 capture and its application in a mixed matrix membrane for CO2/N2 separation (2018)
Deep Meaningful Conversations
DEEP MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS the brexit issue I’ve been thinking about migration and nationalities a lot lately- particularly on the idea of a passport and a visa and what nationalities signify, especially in a subject like chemical engineering which does tend to be grounded in the professional and cultural experiences of its diverse group of researchers. And, I think to an extent, there does seem to be an unwritten hierarchy of nationalities. We’re repeatedly told that we can be whatever we want to be, but some of us realise early on, that a lot of our options are constrained by a piece of paper that we don’t have any control over, and I think, to an extent, that realisation is often accompanied by a lot of frustration- which is probably why Brexit and the recent human trafficking case in Essex are such polarising issues. They force us, as a large diverse society, to examine our privilege, our perspectives and more importantly, our values, as a society. Imperial has always been pro-diversity and I think our department is a good representation of this. As such, this edition will explore what undergraduate students in our department think of migration, especially in cases like Brexit. “This probably sounds politically incorrect, but I think, Brexit has evened out the playing field between Europeans and other overseas students - its going to cost the same for us to get hired as an European student, which means that I now have a better chance of getting hired’’. 2nd year undergraduate
“This probably sounds really mean but I don’t really care. ChemEng, labs and internship applications too much as it is without worrying about Brexit and the state of Europe. Politics is basically buffoons making decisions for the rest of us and they wonder why democracy is overrated.‘’ 3rd year undergraduate “Don’t go into finance they say. But back where I’m from, there’re no jobs in chemical engineering. Not that there are tons here, but still a bit more. I just want to get a better life, and you know, live in London. London’s pretty great- there are so many things to do, so many things to see and it just has a life of its own.’’ 4th year undergraduate ‘’Brexit is pretty stupid tbh. No one actually knows what’s happening, it’s actually funny how messed up this whole thing is.We should just bun the whole thing off and go to Spoons. The only good thing about this is that we have a living, breathing meme as PM.’’ 3rd year undergraduate “At this point, I feel that Brexit just isn’t gonna happen. I’ll be out of university, in a cushy job, earning my millions, having paid off my student loans- and we’ll still be negotiating with the European Union.” 1st year undergraduate Karyshma Gill Chemical Engineering References https://www.chemengsoc.com/pipeline
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let their imaginations fly and to stretch their designs as far as possible.
2019 Student team design sensory augmentation to improve mobility for visually impaired. On the first weekend of February the Imperial Design Engineering Society organised its first Makeathon, hosted at the recently opened Invention Rooms and Advanced Hackspace at Imperial’s new White City campus. Following the announcement of a £2bn commitment by Dyson to build a radical and different electric car, participants were challenged to imagine the Future of Mobility over 2 days. The event brought together a diverse set of students from across the Dyson School of Design Engineering and Imperial College in 12 teams giving an exciting weekend of ideas, hands-on making and prototyping. There were over 120 applicants with an equal number of male and females. The final 48 Participants were from across the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes within the dyson school with 12 external participants from other departments. Students had access to hands-on, state-of-the-art prototyping technologies, supported by the Advanced Hackspace and the Imperial Student Shapers Scheme. This allowed them to creatively blend their theoretical understanding with practical experience. In addition, in the run up to the event participants were given expert training in Fusion 360 from Autodesk. Steven Parkinson, UK Education Manager for Autodesk, said that “a makeathon like this is so important as it gives students use of tools, materials, processes and equipment under a time pressured situation” The launch evening in the new Dyson Building on Exhibition Road inspired students around the theme of the Future of Mobility. Speakers included Davide Leoni from Dyson, Dan Hubert from Appy Parking, a company that aims to make parking seamless, and Boris Fabris, an Automotive Consultant who flew in from Turin, Italy. Students were encouraged to
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Over the weekend participants’ ideas and prototypes were mentored by industry experts and staff from the Dyson School of Design Engineering before being pitched to a panel of experts. Judges included representatives from Dyson, Autodesk and the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace. Ellie Peatman, a participant at the Makeathon, “[We had] lots of input from experts and we had still had plenty of time to create new ideas as a team and make things in the hackspace”. The teams tackled a wide variety of aspects of the future of mobility from innovative wheelchairs, to enhancing social experiences on the underground, and clearing snow on train tracks. Ross Parsons, Talent Acquisition Partner at Dyson, was impressed by the event and said that “for the amount of time that students have had to create physical prototypes, concepts and put presentations together - the quality has been exceptional”. The winner of the Fusion 360 prize went to a new innovative modular wheelchair design. The design was praised for its use of engineering validation and optimisation tools in to create a compelling product for wheelchair users. Autodesk has invited the team to attend commercial level training in generative design at the Autodesk Birmingham Tech Center. The overall winning team of Leah Pattison, Sanish Ministry, Soh-yon Park and Pablo Duran Millan, decided to assist the visually impaired through sensory augmentation. They proposed a new suite of wearables that would capture information about the user’s surroundings and use a machine learning algorithm to provide audio feedback, allowing visually impaired users to navigate the world more independently. Each member of the winning team received a Dyson Hot+Cool fan. Thomas Gonda, Enrichment Manager for the Design Engineering Society and lead organiser of the event said that this first Makeathon, “really demonstrated the nascent Design Engineering culture of innovation and community at Imperial,” that has grown since the Dyson School of Design Engineering’s inception in 2014. The school and student society now look forward to the first graduates from the new MEng in Design Engineering in July 2019.
About the Imperial Design Engineering Society The Imperial Design Engineering Society is the student-led society for the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. It aims to inspire a culture of innovation through the fusion of creativity and technology. The society runs a number of Exhibitions, Enrichment and Social events throughout the year, seeking to provide the best all roundexperience for the community of 450 students within the school.
About Dyson Dyson Ltd is a British technology company established in the United Kingdom by James Dyson in 1991. It designs and manufactures household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, hand dryers, bladeless fans, heaters and hair dryers. As of February 2018, Dyson had more than 12,000 employees worldwide with a revenue of ÂŁ3.5 bn in 2017.
About the Dyson School of Design Engineering The Dyson School of Design Engineering is the 10th and newest engineering department at Imperial College London. It was founded in July 2014 with the support of the James Dyson Foundation, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial as well as the world-renowned Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art. The School is now in its 5th year of full operation and its first cohort of undergraduates have graduated last
summer. The School population of both staff and students continues to grow rapidly and has now moved into its new home, the Dyson Building, on Exhibition Road.
Social Media #DysonMakeathon @ImperialDesSoc @ImperialDyson @icahackspace @autodesk @dyson
For Further Enquiries Please Contact: E: email@example.com Dyson School of Design Engineering Imperial College London 25 Exhibition Road South Kensington, SW7 2DB, London T: +44 (0)7805500436
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Engine[ering and Mu]sic
Miles JS Gulliford
As well as studying as a third year Chemical Engineering student, I am lucky enough to play in a band – Candy’s Room, performing frequently throughout London we hope to bring a little indie colour wherever we go, from Brick Lane to New Cross (and occasionally around Imperial) our tunes can be found on Spotify, Apple music et al. In some form or other I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the musicians from Candy’s room for 7 years, I have many a fond memory of rehearsing at our drummer’s house, just down the road from mine. Today, I live with our lead guitarist, who I met at last year’s freshers fair. The experience of playing music with these people provides an organic release from the day to day pressures of Imperial, being completely focused on a piece and hearing it unfold before you is uniquely cathartic after a stressful week. Balancing practice, recording and performances with a loaded course schedule can be tough – but it has its hidden advantages, presentations to course mates are nowhere near as terrifying after getting on stage and performing to a room full of strangers, in both cases the trick is the same – smile and pretend you know what you’re doing. Communication is also incredibly important, imagine organising a permanent group project, but half of the team go to different universities, compared to this meeting lab partners is no issue. Playing in a band has taken me all over London and put me in surprising situations like filling in for Uncle Monty, a south London based band who I performed with after a single hour of rehearsal. Unexpected twists and turns like these make me much more confident in tackling the problems I face day to day in lectures and projects, as well as giving me a different perspective.
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This year we have been releasing one single per month, starting with January’s anthem Hither Green, while February brought along the vintage groove of Death on Old Street. In March we will be releasing Pinocchio, a psychedelic tinged romp with a catchy riff to boot - to promote it Candy’s Room will be returning for a second evening at the Amersham Arms in New cross, with other acts including Tokyo & Rose supporting, following a packed show in January, it is sure to be a fun evening not to be missed. ∎
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The Guildsheet BIG BRAIN TRAIL
THE GUILDSHEET BIG BRAIN TRAIL Tired of your degree? Wanna flex your BIG BRAIN? The Guildsheet challenges you to take on this mighty puzzle trail which will take around some interesting locations in the departments that constitute the CGCU. Here’s how it works: Dotted around campus are QR Codes that link to online puzzle cards, each containing some puzzles. As you solve each puzzle, you collect characters of a special code. Each puzzle card also contains the clue to the location of the next puzzle card in your trail. Once you’ve been around the trail and collected all the characters of the special code, type it after the CGCU website URL to take you to the final task. Complete this final task in the quickest time to win a £60 Amazon Voucher between yourselves. You can work in groups of up to 3 students, from the same department. So, how do you start? Solve the following puzzles to reveal the code that completes the URL below. Once solved, follow the instructions on the site to get going on the trail. May the biggest brain win!
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The Guildsheet BIG BRAIN TRAIL
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Engineers of Imperial
eing a first year engineering student is mostly about balance. The balance of using your time to study, relax, socialise, learn new things and gain new experiences. Everyone comes to university with expectations of what their “university life” should be like and tries to fit in the model they have created for themselves. It is a transition period as we are slowly introduced to adulthood and try to figure out who we are and who we want to be, while getting used to the constant and unending need to catch up with the lectures. As time goes by, we slowly realize how our capabilities and knowledge are expanding, and along with that, the amount of work expected of us is increasing. The first year is all about creating a good foundation for the upcoming years, not just for theoretical knowledge on engineering but also for creating a good study program and learning to maintain a healthy study-life balance. Giannis-Ioannis Paschos EEE I
ver since I was 3, planes were my passion. Growing up in Dubai was not the best for an AvGeek like me because of the strict rules surrounding access to aviation-related events. But, coming to Imperial and studying Aeronautics has probably been the best thing that has happened to me thus far. I have enjoyed pretty much every moment I have spent here.The number of Aero-related events that I have attended in the past few months is unimaginable. There is just so much to do, from helping build rockets and going gliding every weekend (It is one of my passions to learn to fly) to attending Royal Aeronautical Society Lectures and Plane Spotting at Heathrow. Also, being able to study the newly revised curriculum has been a blessing, with so much more being taught in the first year than previously was. Nevertheless, there have been weeks where I would just work the entire time and do nothing else because of how demanding the course is to a certain extent, but hey, that’s what you get when you sign up to study Aeronautics at one of the world’s best institutions. Additionally, the department, to a large extent, has helped solve most of our issues, whether it be academic or personal. Overall, these few months have been really fun and I’m looking forward to exploring even more! Nihal Simha Aero I
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Important Numbers Our office, located in CAGB 350 is always open if you need help. Just knock whenever the lightâ€™s on and weâ€™ll do our best to assist you.
Crime & Emergencies On Campus (24hrs): Security (24hrs): LGBT Police Liaison Officer (24hrs): Sexual Assault Helpline (open 19:00-22:00 Mon-Fri):
4444 0207 589 1000 0773 825 9879 Women: 0808 800 0123 Men: 0808 800 0122
Your Health NHS 111 service (24hrs all year, for non emergency medical advice): College Health Centre (24hrs): John Hunter Sexual Health Clinic (08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri except 11:00-17:30 Wed):
111 0207 584 6301 0203 315 6699
Need to Talk? Nightline (run by students; 18:00-08:00): Samaritans (open 24hrs a day): London Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (open 24hrs a day): College Councilling (open 10:00-23:00): College Tutors (open 09:30-16:15):
0207 631 0101 0845 790 9090 0300 330 0630 0207 594 9637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Support your Learning College Disability Advisory Service (reception open 9:00-16:30 Mon-Fri): English Language Support:
Advice & welfare
Advice Centre (for advice on any issue): ICU Deputy President (Welfare):
0207 594 9755 0207 594 8748
0207 594 8067 email@example.com
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