UCL Engineering Engagement Brochure 2015

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We believe passionately in the power of engineering to change the world and the challenge and excitement associated with this. We want to share this and to enable young people to understand what it is that engineers do, and why we do it. We want to encourage young people to consider studying engineering. Engineering has many dimensions: analysis, experiment, modelling and making. We want to show young people and the community how these are brought together to solve complex problems and how engineers deploy creativity in the presence of constraints both physical and resources. We have an embracing view of engineering and engineering skills. If the UK is going to be a prosperous innovation economy it needs technicians and vocational skills working alongside professional engineers. We take the view that only through inspiring engineering education will we be able to address the critical UK shortage of engineering talent. We also believe that we must overcome the diversity challenges so that engineering is both an attractive and welcoming career for young women and people of all backgrounds.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein Dean of UCL Engineering Sciences




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Science & Engineering Summer Schools

Science and Engineering Masterclasses

UCL Engineering academic teams, with experts from industry and organisations, deliver the science and engineering summer schools. The summer school is a journey of discovery and exploration into the world of engineering. It is an exciting week filled with researching, designing, testing, analysing and perfecting solutions to real-world challenges.

The Science and Engineering Masterclasses are interactive, hands-on sessions that go beyond the school curriculum, bringing engineering to life, showing cutting-edge research via a multidisciplinary approach that combines engineering with arts and humanities, design, medicine, as well as other science subject areas.

Engineering School Clubs

We offer a plethora of Engineering Taster Days to provide secondary school students with a taste of engineering at UCL and what engineers actually do. Young people are invited to experience our teaching methods, research activities and lab facilities, while meeting and interacting with our students.

Our school clubs are run by academics together with postgraduate and undergraduate students. The clubs are designed to encourage young participants to consider STEM subjects, provide an insight into studying engineering at university and highlight the relevance of engineering to the subjects taught at school in a fun, creative and informative manner.

Science & Engineering Day Workshops We offer a wide range of day workshops for different age groups of school pupils in fields including computer science, design engineering, robotics, environmental engineering and more. Academic teams together with industry partners and field experts provide activities that cover academic and vocational learning pathways.

Engineering Taster Days

Engineering & University Open Days UCL Engineering participates in Open Days for pupils interested in finding more about engineering at university. Prospective students have the opportunity to meet our staff and students, visit our departments and learn about the courses and study opportunities available to them.

Engineering Departmental Tours Our departmental tours offer young people and teachers the opportunity to visit the teaching and research laboratory facilities, perform short



Strands of Engineering Engagement

We work across 24 strands of engineering engagement to create, develop and deliver authentic learning experiences for young people and schools. Our activities are always free of charge, open for everyone and we ensure 50% participation of girls and boys throughout all our programmes and events. Several of our programmes are developed in collaboration with external partner organisations and institutions, foundations and trusts, educational charities and industry

for school pupils and become the greatest ambassadors for engineering.

lab activities with our postgraduate students, and chat informally to staff and students about engineering and life at university.

Tutoring Programmes

Art-inspired Science & Engineering Programmes

Our undergraduate and postgraduate students provide on-going academic support to pupils in schools via one-to-one or small group tutoring. Tutoring schemes are faculty-led or run in collaboration with our education partners and support the school curriculum.

Our art-inspired engineering programmes look at bringing together the arts, sciences and engineering communities in multidisciplinary collaborative projects. From immersive science shows, art science projects and notions of storytelling, these programmes provide a rich and engaging learning experience.

Continuing Professional Development Teacher Training The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and training sessions run by engineering departments in the faculty aim to provide teachers with the subject knowledge that they need to teach the STEM and computing curriculum.

Focus on Primary Education Strands of Engineering Engagement

We work closely with engineering communities and organisations to offer interactive sessions and engineering workshop activities to primary schools also linking them to our staff, students and alumni engineers in industry. We believe that if we want to inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators, early intervention is key.

Engineering Toolkits Our staff and students together with science and D&T teachers in schools have developed a series of engineering toolkits and worksheets. The toolkits are used as teaching tools in the classroom for subjects including maths, physics, and computer science introducing students to engineering while explaining principles, systems and structures.

Supporting the Computing Curriculum In support of the new computing curriculum, we have formed collaborations with local communities and coding club networks. Our staff and students work with teachers, youth centres and charities to provide essential support. Our students help children learn how to code and understand the fundamental principles of Computer Science.

Research Placements

Mentoring Programmes The mentoring schemes support aspirational extra-curricula activities and are faculty-led, department-led or programmes in collaboration with partner charities, organisations or institutions. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are great role models

We offer A-level students the opportunity to work alongside our academic staff and research students, giving pupils an insight into cutting edge engineering research. Students learn a number of skills, techniques and experiment with a wide range of materials, tools and technologies.

Work Experience We offer work experience opportunities for young people to work alongside our academics.

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Students have the opportunity to meet experts from different areas of engineering in academia and industry who collaborate with the academic or team offering the work experience.

Learning & Teaching Resources Several engineering departments are involved in the development of learning and teaching resources. Teams of academics and undergraduate students work together with teacher communities, sharing ideas for teaching STEM subjects in the classroom.

Supporting School Governors Through a series of collaborations we are trying to identify the best ways of supporting school governors in promoting engineering to young audiences as well as improving awareness of the need to increase numbers of girls considering engineering as an exciting degree or career.

Engineering Programmes for Partner Institutions

Science, Engineering and Technology Fairs & Festivals We have a strong presence in STEM fairs and festivals. These events provide a unique opportunity to engage with young audiences of different ages and levels of prior understanding, giving them a fantastic experience with engineering. The vital contribution of our academics, research teams and students, their passion and active engagement brings these events to life.

“ Engineering Everywhere” Online Engineering Sessions “Engineering Everywhere” aims to reach and engage with young people outside London and in remote areas who would not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with us. We are making full use of web 2.0 tools and technologies to provide access and widen participation to the world of engineering.

Museum Collaborations

We work closely with UCL Academy, ELUTEC, City and Islington, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form and Generating Genius. Our staff and students provide support through lectures, workshops, masterclasses, tutoring schemes, curriculum development tailored to the needs of our partners.

From engineering-inspired museum trails to interactive installations and documentaries on the future of engineering, we have formed collaboration both with UCL Museums and external museum partners. Our academics work with experts and museum staff to create museum engineering educational activities that actively involve young audiences.

STEM Careers Events We host and participate in STEM Careers events to encourage more young people to apply for engineering through university and apprenticeship routes. Our students are the greatest ambassadors for engineering as school pupils feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their career options.

Schools Talks & Visits Our staff and students give many school talks and visit several schools throughout the year. We aim for school talks to be engaging and entertaining while creating a dialogue between the students and our expert engineers that inspires, enables and sparks imagination around engineering.

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UCL Engineering and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) teamed up with the James Dyson Foundation to create an innovative summer school on realworld engineering. They challenged 16 Year 12 students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and 8 design and technology (D&T) students from across the UK to redesign the wheelchair for the modern age, giving them the opportunity to get to grips with what engineering really is and what engineers do.



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“ This is such a rare opportunity and one that I wish I had been involved in at that age – experiencing ‘a week in the life of a Design Engineer’ first hand before making a decision on which career path to choose.” Richard Finlayson Design Engineering at DYSON

Dr Catherine Holloway, UCL Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and PAMELA laboratories, led the summer school together with world-leading academics and industry experts including Richard Finlayson (Dyson), Danya Walker (James Dyson Foundation), Professor Steve Hailes (UCL Computer Science), Dr Steve Taylor (UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences), Mr Peter Smitham (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and UCL Division of Surgery) and Pete Donnelly (BackUP Trust). Mr Ian Seaton and the technicians in CEGE generously contributed their time and resources to help make the students’ designs a reality.

The 16 students, chosen from over 200 applicants, rose to the challenge and fully engaged with this hands-on and multidisciplinary real world engineering project, exploring and experimenting with a wide variety of materials, tools and technologies. Split into four teams, the students were tasked to build and prototype models of their wheelchair design idea, testing, retesting and evaluating their designs over the course of the week. The teams were encouraged to explore, learn and combine a wide range of materials, tools and technologies, and transformed the CEGE labs and workspaces into their own open collaborative spaces. They also made good use of the Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA) and learned how to code and measure biomechanical parameters in the Computer Science ENGduino labs. The week ended at PAMELA where the teams presented their final designs to an audience of industry experts, academics, and wheelchair users. The Summer School was also a chance to promote STEM and develop talent in young students, inspiring the next generation of engineers to consider all areas of engineering, from civil and mechanical engineering to computer science. The selection panel made a conscious effort to select the strongest candidates from both genders and from diverse backgrounds.

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Engineering Education Activities

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The needs of wheelchair users and the way in which wheelchairs are used has evolved dramatically in the past 80 years, but with the exception of specialised and expensive wheelchair designs for specific sports or activities, the design of the wheelchair has remained relatively unchanged since Harry Jennings and Herbert Everest created the world’s first collapsible wheelchair in 1933.

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GOOGLE GIRLS CODING UCL Engineering with Generating Genius, University of West Indies Medical School in Jamaica and a team of programmers and artists at Sketchpatch hosted the Google Girls Coding programme made possible via Google Rise Roots in Science and Engineering Awards and part of Google’s international initiative “Made with Code”.

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The pioneering programme aimed to inspire girls to code and get more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. It brought together 32 Year 9 girls from the Generating Genius education charity that works with talented young people from black and ethnic minority communities and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 16 girls in the UK hosted at UCL and 16 girls in Jamaica hosted at University of West Indies to collaborate in pairs – a Jamaican girl to a British girl – via the Google+ platform on a coding project to produce digital art using the programming platform, Sketchpatch. Students were encouraged to learn and share with others through an explorative, collaborative and playful process that also challenged and stretched them in order to improve their technical understanding and problem-solving skills. The girls in the UK and Jamaica had the opportunity to learn how to code with Sketchpatch from programmers and teachers both in their physical location but also through live online tutoring via the Google+ platform. During the week long program, students had the opportunity to meet and talk to guest artists about their designs. Throughout the programme the Google+ features including hangouts, chat and GoogleDocs where employed by the girls for their collaborative coding challenge. The summer’s collaboration ended with a prize-giving ceremony at University College London, attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science, Professor Anthony Finkelstein, who described the event as ‘inspiring’.

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The “Engineers save lives” Masterclass series, a collaboration of the Royal Institution with UCL Engineering, invited thirty teenagers from schools across London to experience the range of modern engineering and achieve an insight into how engineers improve, protect and save lives. Staff and students from UCL Engineering encouraged young people to explore, question and learn about the latest developments in engineering as well as the ethical considerations for engineers. Over the six Saturday sessions Year 9 students were able to discover the creative, problemsolving and humanitarian nature of engineering and its significance to society. From developing effective seismic designs to building turbines suitable for the developing world to learning about the latest advances in vaccine technology and nanotechnology, considering the ethical implications of drones, and making their own medical wearable technology devices.

Engineering Education Activities

Engineering Education Activities

MASTERCLASSES WITH THE ROYAL INSTITUTION The project was developed by staff from UCL Engineering, in partnership with the Royal Institution, home of the Christmas Lectures and a key resource for teachers and parents worldwide. Sessions span two themes. “Engineers save lives” saw students experience the impact engineering has on human wellbeing. A second “Computer Science” thread accompanied the new inclusion of coding in the National Curriculum, developed in association with UCL Computer Scientists. Hot topics included privacy and freedom in computer communications, human factors and interaction design, forming their own laptop orchestra as well as designing virtual environments and building robots. As well as hands on activities, students had access to resources at UCL Engineering including the 3D printers of the UCL Institute of Making and the UCL Computer Science ENGduino hardware to create robots and sensor networks. Each week and for each session students were encouraged to consider the ethical aspects of their projects and how they could fit into different societies.

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Award winning theatre company LAStheatre in partnership with UCL Engineering conceived, designed and developed a multidisciplinary, immersive science theatre show and educational activity for schools, giving young people the chance to interact with top engineering experts. The scene is set in 2050 where the world’s landscape has changed a great deal, both geographically and politically. Areas of the world have submerged under rising seas, populations from North America to South East Asia relocated due to devastating droughts and floods, wars erupting due to access to water, and new innovations in engineering developed to help humanity adapt to the changing environment. – 22 –

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Students were asked to act as agents of New Atlantis and apply learning around three key themes; Water Usage, Climate Change and Engineering to create the “history” of New Atlantis, the intervening years from 2015 to 2050. Schools were supported in creating exciting digital news stories from 2020s, 2030s and 2040s. Each school group created their own vision of the future in the form of a filmed news report, artwork and piece of creative writing. A team from LAStheatre visited the school in the guise of agents from New Atlantis and worked directly with the students. The team comprising of actors and science communicators helped the students set their area of research and liaise with the pupils to hone the scientific content of their work. LASTheatre returned to the school at the end of the project for a workshop day with filmmakers and artists to enable and encourage the students to create a resource for the New Atlantis archive. All participating schools were invited to the theatrical performance at the Crystal in the Borough of Newham in late January where they were able to meet the members of the science and theatre teams, present their work to New Atlantis’ Secretary General and discuss cutting edge research in this area with experts from UCL Engineering.

“ Students were asked to act as agents of New Atlantis and apply learning around three key themes; Water Usage, Climate Change and Engineering to create the “history” of New Atlantis.”

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WOMEN IN ENGINEERING EVENTS The day involved a number of inspiring lectures by successful women from a wide variety of sectors, as well as giving the visiting students the opportunity to meet current students and staff and find out more about the courses on offer at UCL as they start to narrow down their university application choices. Dr Martina Micheletti from UCL Biochemical Engineering welcomed the students, before Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director of Science Grrl and researcher at UCL STEaPP, gave her keynote speech focusing on the hard choices ahead of the Year 12 students but the rewarding outcomes of choosing engineering. During the lab tours, students were able to learn more about each engineering department at UCL, from civil, environmental and geomatic engineering to mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science and electrical and electronic engineering among others. – 24 –

UCL Engineering student ambassadors and early career staff helped facilitate a discussion workshop looking to challenge gender stereotyping in STEM career choices on the 4th of June with Institute of Physics, WISE and Intel. The discussion workshop was run as part of a ministerial launch of the Opening Doors project. Student Ambassadors from UCL Chemical Engineering, UCL Computer Science, UCL Mechanical Engineering and UCL Medical Physics participated in the annual STEM Student Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering to boost female participation in engineering and technology as part of the government’s “Your Life” campaign. UCL Engineering student ambassadors were able to talk to young students about studying engineering, subject choices, academic and vocational pathways that lead to Engineering careers.

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UCL Engineering leads and participates in a wide range of Women in Engineering activities and events to empower, raise the profile and celebrate the achievements of women in engineering. After celebrating National Women in Engineering Day at the end of June, UCL Engineering played host to a Women in Engineering taster course on 3rd July, welcoming over 100 Year 12 girls to the UCL campus so they could find out just what it means to be an engineer and study engineering at UCL.

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During the Materials Masterclass, 11-14 year old students from the Generating Genius Junior Genius programme were introduced by Zoe Laughlin, Sarah Wilkes, Lizzie Corbin and Olivia Clemence to the joys of exploring the materials that make up the world around them, celebrating many different forms of materials knowledge, from the scientific to the sensory.

The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in materials and the made world: from molecules to buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, furniture to cities. At the heart of the Institute of Making is the Materials Library – a repository of some of the most extraordinary materials on earth, gathered together not only for scientific interest but for their ability to fire the imagination and advance conceptualisation.

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In the first part of this session young people were introduced to the Institute’s Materials Library, and some of the weird, wonderful, familiar and extraordinary materials contained within it. They got the chance to ‘speed date’ some of the exciting materials, honing their skills in materials enquiry through hands-on exploration and discussion. For the second part of the session, the techniques developed by the students during the first section were employed to scrutinize the substances that can be found in the world outside the Institute. Students were asked to collect the newly found materials, cluster them in categories, identify, analyse and test their properties and describe them using formulae, measurements, words, drawings, imprints or photographs to the other teams. The outdoor materials investigation even produced a material that could not be identified and required further tests by staff and the Institute.

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This is the first year the research team lead by Prof. Steve Hailes has provided internship opportunities for young students. The research team at UCL Computer Science offered research placements to three students for two weeks and it was a very rewarding experience for both staff and students. Prior to visiting, the students had little or no previous experience of coding and were not necessarily considering Computer Science as a choice of undergraduate degree. The intention of the team was to give them an experience of what it is like to be an engineer by making use of the ENGduino technology, an Arduino-based sensor device. The students produced some fantastic digital images by experimenting with light painting through the programs that they wrote. Throughout their stay the students had meetings with a number of academic staff and students in research teams working in different computing fields depicting the wide-ranging interdisciplinary nature of Computer Science as well as meeting the Vice Dean for Enterprise at UCL Engineering, Mrs Jane Butler.

“ The students produced some fantastic digital images by experimenting with light painting through the programs that they wrote.”

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Professor Steve Hailes and his team offered a series of extremely exciting research placements for Year 12 students in collaboration with the In2Science organisation. In2Science gives high achieving students from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to learn alongside STEM scientists and researchers. The work over this placement generated some very exciting data that was achieved through the hard work and dedication of three future engineers.

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The EDT Engineering Education Scheme (EES) links teams of Year 12 students and their teachers with local companies to work on real scientific, engineering and technological challenges and support their learning pathways both academic and vocational. UCL Engineering teamed up with EDT, on the academic year when EES celebrates its 30th anniversary of introducing more than 30,000 students to engineering, to inspire and motivate young people into choosing a STEM degree or career by giving them the opportunity to experience real life exposure to industry, business and higher education.

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EDT ENGINEERING EDUCATION SCHEME The awareness gained empowers young people both girls and boys to make an informed decision about their future studies and career. The workshop provided the EES student teams with two days working on their projects in UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering and UCL Mechanical Engineering laboratories with the university technical team and their company mentors from ARUP, SKANSKA, Selex, CH2M HILL and Manchester X Ray. Academic and technical staff from both engineering departments supported the teams throughout the two-day workshop sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise to cater for a very diverse group of real-world engineering projects and their requirements. – 30 –

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NANOTECHS EMF CAMPING FESTIVAL EMF is a three-day camping festival for people with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things: hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, and crafters. UCL Engineering partnered with the EMF team to offer a series of kids workshops, Nanotechs, and free childcare for the festival, making the event more accessible, fun and easier to attend for a broader range of people of all ages.

Hundreds of people gathered for the festival together with their children in a field outside Milton Keynes for these three days of talks and workshops covering everything from genetic modification to electronics, reverse engineering and computer security among others. Throughout the event, the Nanotechs programme led by UCL Engineering staff and students as well as festival volunteers and the London Hackspace team invited children, young people and their parents for a wide range of activities and classes, everything from soldering lessons to kite mapping and making their own robot.

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ENGINEERING DAY WORKSHOPS Engineering day workshops are conceived and run by academic staff with the support of technical staff as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students together with industry, organisations and field experts. In some cases the activities are developed and run entirely by our undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students. The purpose of these engineering day long design and make workshop activities is for young people to experience first hand “a day in the life of an Engineer” and achieve a better understanding

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on what engineers actually do. From robotics workshops to small-scale wind turbines and rocket stoves for the developing world to exoskeleton materials and designs, wearable devices for transport accessibility, sensors for communication and tracking, waste management and algal biofuel to design engineering for personal and home devices and products, our workshops have covered an extremely wide spectrum of real-world engineering applications in many different areas of engineering.

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Engineering Education Activities

Over the past year UCL Engineering has designed, developed and hosted a wide range of engineering day workshops for many different age groups of school pupils on computer science, design engineering, robotics, environmental engineering, crime science and privacy engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, biochemical engineering and much more.

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3Dami Film Animation Club led by Tom Haines at UCL Computer Science and Peter Kemp from the Institute of Education and University of Roehampton brought together young people ages 15-18 years old from different backgrounds to script, model and animate two minute-long films. The summer school operates at the intersection of art and technology, and the skills taught are directly related to the film effects and computer game industries. Running for seven days, groups of nine students form into studios, and made their own short film. They experience every part of production, from scriptwriting through to première. The students had to solve many creative problems, such as designing 3D characters, and what to do when they run out of time. As they start from scratch they have to use computational thinking and teamwork to complete the many challenges of filmmaking. Challenges include visual programming for compositing shots and rigging characters by designing an interface so they can be animated. The week was complemented with talks from industry and visits to film studios, which included Oscar winners Framestore.

Coming from diverse backgrounds, students apply with a portfolio, as they would for industry. A pipeline modelled on how a real studio operates is used, with each studio largely in charge of their own progress. This includes electing a producer and a director. The enthusiasm is incredible, with students often working past the end of the day and at home. When asked what the best part was, one student responded: “Watching our final film and seeing all our hard work coming together into one final piece.” Every student gets a different learning experience, which is encouraged with a problemdriven learning model and one-on-one tuition. Previous students have gone on to study everything from computer science through to animation and fine art. They have also won the national University of Manchester Animation competition on three occasions.

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UCL Mechanical Engineering teamed up with F1 in Schools to offer a bespoke mentoring programme for secondary schools across London to help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths, by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, science, and technology. Students competing in F1 in Schools follow the same processes real Formula One teams follow, from an initial business plan, through to their own car design. Students use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, data analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to manufacture their cars. They race on the F1 in Schools racetrack to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car.


The UCL Mechanical Engineering student mentors actively support students competing in F1 in Schools, acting as school ambassadors and team mentors, providing assistance during the design, analysis and manufacturing phases. The mentors programme also supports schools that want to start up with F1; schools in their first year or schools that need more support or schools in hard to reach areas. The mentoring scheme offers several different types of support in the form of school visits and online mentoring sessions. Mentors answer questions and provide support around car design, materials, and support throughout the key stages of the project but also have the chance to share with students their experience of being a student at university.

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Over the past year UCL Engineering and UCL Academy have developed an exciting programme of activities to encourage close collaboration and sharing of knowledge and expertise on curriculum development and student opportunities between academic staff at the university and teaching staff at the school.

UCL Academy students also attended the UCL Engineering After School Clubs. They received first-hand experience by academic staff at the UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department led by Dr. Sally Day and the Fleming Society students led by Mr. Thomas Gilbert final year student at the engineering department.

The Learning Companions programme is an excellent example of such collaboration between our faculty and the school. We have paired up 11 UCL Computer Science students with students studying computing at UCL Academy and 14 UCL Engineering students from many different engineering departments with students at the school studying engineering. This programme was an excellent opportunity for our engineering and computer science students to act as great role models for the students at UCL Academy inspire them about engineering as a degree and career and support them in their study of STEM subjects.

Dr Rodolfo Lorenzo from UCL Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering supported the UCL Academy teaching team with the Year 9 Bridges project by visiting the school and working with the students on their structural engineering projects.

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The Engineering team at UCL Academy led by Mr. Ed Chambers and the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) team led by Dr. John Mitchell are working together on the development of an innovative engineering curriculum that is based on the very successful IEP programme designed and implemented at the faculty of Engineering for undergraduate students.

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UCL Engineering ran two series of Engineering After School Clubs for AS Level students this year. The After School Clubs program is led by the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department and students of the Fleming Society. The Fleming Society allows students of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course to apply the knowledge they have gained throughout their degree in any way they feel will benefit their learning and also benefit young audiences. At the Engineering After School Clubs, students were able to determine component values with the use of simultaneous equations and algebra as taught in GCSEs and A-levels; gain a working knowledge of equipment such as oscilloscopes, signal generators and milling CNC machines and software including Maitland and Arduino working environment as well as gain skills on PCB design, soldering, circuit analysis and system verification. Each session of the UCL Engineering After School Clubs had four student mentors, who were all in their final year of undergraduate study in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Further mentors in their first and second years of study were joining in sporadic sessions. – 42 –

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The Big Bang Fair is the UK’s biggest single celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for 11-18 year old students, showing the many and varied exciting opportunities within STEM and aiming to inspire and empower young people about STEM degrees and careers. Professor Polina Bayvel, Dr Benn Thomsen, Dr Martyn Fice, and Dr Rachel Stephenson together with the UNLOC team represented UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering showcasing through hands-on activities the latest developments in photonics and optics research. Dr Tim Baker and the Formula Car Student team from UCL Mechanical Engineering invited young students to participate in pit stop challenges and learn more about formula car design and mechanics.

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UCL ENGINEERING AT BIG BANG FAIR, LONDON Professor Mark Handley and Dr Sarah Gallacher from UCL Computer Science demonstrated the diverse and broad range of exciting research in the department getting the young people to interact with playful tangible devices that detect difference in opinions and moods, play with Arduino enabled fruit drums and understand how autonomous robots and vehicles actually work. While Dr Daniel Heanes from UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering explained the importance and real-world applications of medical imaging technology and Mr Phillip Boeing encouraged schoolchildren to explore the affordable and portable synthetic biology lab in a box that he co-developed in collaboration with staff and students in UCL Computer Science and UCL Biochemistry. UCL Engineering had a very strong presence at Big Bang Fair London in Alexandra Palace with 13 research teams representing different departments at the faculty and providing handson activities, interactive displays and demos for schoolchildren, teachers and families. – 44 –

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UCL Engineering supports ELUTEC, the UCLsponsored University Technical College (UTC) for 14-19 year olds, in many different activities, workshops and events. As a faculty we have an embracing view of engineering and engineering skills. If the UK is going to be a prosperous innovation economy it needs technicians and vocational skills working alongside professional engineers. The ELUTEC Open Day in March was an opportunity for UCL Engineering staff and students to demonstrate the wealth of talent within the faculty and reaffirm our commitment to supporting all learning pathways, both academic and vocational. Dr Kenneth Tong, (UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering) demonstrated his pioneering and practical Booster Brolly, while Vidal Bharath and Leon Brown together with the entire UCell team demonstrated various alternative energy sources including a hydrogen fuel cell, as well as solar panels, conventional batteries, and much more.

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OUR ACTIVITIES WITH ELUTEC To support ELUTEC students and encourage them to build on their design engineering skills, we teamed up with the James Dyson Foundation to bring a series of hands-on design engineering and technology workshops. Workshop participants were invited to explore and combine a wide range of materials, tools and technologies, work in teams on their design challenge, rapid prototype a 3D model of their idea and learn from our award-winning designers and engineers. As part of their induction week programme, ELUTEC students had an opportunity to find out more about engineering at UCL, with talks on how engineering can change the world from Vice-Dean of Education at UCL Engineering, Mr Marco Federighi, engineering workshops on transport and accessibility, design engineering and coding with the UCL Computer Science ENGduino technology, an introduction to the faculty’s integrated engineering by Dr John Mitchell and even an appearance from the Dean of Engineering, Professor Anthony Finkelstein.

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Superhero Engineers

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Individuals looking at increasing the capacity of optical communications systems beyond the current state of the art single mode systems, using newly developed multimode fibres and digital signal processing.

Benn Thomsen Superhero Engineers

Benn Thomsen is a senior lecturer at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. His research is in the area of optical communications, with projects

Benn’s long-term commitment, passion and energy as well as his drive in transferring knowledge of engineering, is phenomenal. He finds the instant when a student grasps a concept or gets enthused by engineering extremely rewarding and spends many hours, tirelessly developing and refining innovative hands-on activities that enthuse young people. His quality of engagement, letting the participants find most of the answers themselves, makes young audiences, teachers and industry partners speak so highly of his work and its impact.

Cindy Regalado Cindy is a research student in the Extreme Citizen Science research group ExCiteS at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at UCL. She works in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment with a team of researchers dedicated to developing methodologies and techniques that will allow any community to initiate and run scientific studies to address issues of concern to them.

performance, migraine and malaria. Her most recent project is the use of near infrared spectroscopy to investigate malnutrition related brain development in rural Gambia, resulting in the first functional brain imaging of infants in Africa.

Co-inventor of the SenseWheel, a force-sensing handrail measuring everyday pushing forces of wheelchair users while streaming data to mobile phones, she is developing new robust, low cost, wearable sensors to measure assistive technology use and rehabilitation programmes in different settings.

Catherine Holloway Catherine is the Director of the BioInstrumentation Group at PAMELA labs and a senior lecturer at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

Innovative, risk-taker, her passion to enthuse the next generation of engineers is contagious. Through the James Dyson Foundation Summer School, Catherine demonstrated the need to engage young audiences, not as consumers but as co-creators. She is particularly passionate about giving opportunities to young people to get hands-on experience in making as part of the engineering design process and giving them the confidence to fail in order to succeed.

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She has worked with young people of different age groups, backgrounds and levels of understanding to inspire them about science and engineering, by inviting students to explore the site using and experimenting with prototyped DIY (Do-It-Yourself) environmental monitoring techniques. Through self-discovery, play, building tools, discussing and a balanced mix of peer-topeer mentoring and free-reins, children go from depicting the expert as the person with a lab coat to confidently sticking a label on their shirts with the word ‘EXPERT’ handwritten on it. Through such activities young people learn new techniques and skills and gain ownership, share their learning with their younger siblings, friends, parents and even grandparents.

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Clare Elwell Clare Elwell is a Professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at UCL. Her research projects include studies of autism, acute brain injury in adults, children and infants, sports

Clare is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. She organises and contributes to UCL Taster Courses and Masterclasses, UCL University Challenge, numerous school visits, talks at the Royal Institution, Institute of Physics and Institute of Education. Her activities were recognised in 2012 with the award of the UCL Provost’s Prize for Public Engagement, in 2013 with an MRC Science Suffragette Award and in 2014 an Inspirational Teaching Award, part of the Inspiration Awards for Women 2014. – 51 –

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for anything!” and she believes this to be true, as every piece of engineering work might be different but the engineering skills required to solve each challenge remain the same: science, maths, logical thinking, practical sense, communication skills and team work.

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Eva is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL. She works in a range of different areas from separation of pharmaceuticals, to biofuels and water treatment. As a student, she was told that “engineers are like potatoes, as they can be used

Gemma Bale Gemma is a research student at the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL, working on the development of optical instrumentation and methods to monitor brain oxygen metabolism; application to neonatal brain asphyxia. She studies newborn babies with hypoxia ischemia, an injury where the brain is

Helen Czerski Helen is a physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster working as a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests are the optics and acoustics of ocean bubbles, the structure of the bubble plumes caused by breaking waves, and the influence of

She is extremely passionate about public engagement on science and engineering topics and sharing her inspirations and passion for science, engineering and technology. Helen has extensively delivered talks and demonstrations to young audiences on bubble physics and cuttingedge animal inspired engineering research at science fairs and festivals, science quizzes, school talks, science and engineering museums and exhibitions, as well as through her science media TV and radio programmes.

deprived of oxygen during labour and has built a machine that measures how much light can pass through the brain of a baby.

take them forward to clinical use. Her team’s current focus is research into the use of x-ray diffraction to improve breast cancer detection.

She is extremely passionate about her research and wants to share her knowledge with young people. The courses she has developed teach students about the scientific process through the design of a medical physics experiment, they learn how physics can be applied to medicine, bringing physics to life and explain how engineering uses physics principals to design machines. Her work with the Brilliant Club has brought UCL’s ethos of research-based learning to younger audiences in Key Stages 4 & 5, stretching them to their academic limits, building up their knowledge and pushing them to research topics that are not normally taught until undergraduate level.

She finds Biomedical Engineering fascinating and enjoys putting that across to audiences. Her key message to young people when delivering talks and activities is always that engineering is about people and biomedical engineering and medical physics gives her the opportunity to illustrate that message and build enthusiasm for the subject. She says: “Watching a year 8 student play with a replacement hip or knee joint and slowly work out what it is, or looking at their interested faces when I show images from the latest CT scanners is a pleasure. When a student asks a question and engages with the subject, it’s a satisfying moment.”

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Jenny Griffiths Jenny is the Associate Director for teaching & training at the UCL Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) where she is designing and delivering new degree programmes to give students the knowledge and skills to create new biomedical engineering technologies and then

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Eva Sorensen

Eva takes part in a number of engineering activities with schools with the aim to encourage more young people, and particularly girls, into engineering. She runs events for KS3 and KS4 pupils, to explain what engineering is about and to give them an opportunity to run experiments for themselves. As a long standing school governor, she is particularly interested in developing children’s passion for science, and to ensure that their schools are places where their ambitions and aspirations are nurtured, and where they can learn without limits.

ocean bubbles on the atmosphere. She carries out experiments on board research vessels, sometimes spending weeks at sea.

Joshua Macabuag

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Josh is a researcher at the Earthquake and People Interaction Centre (EPICentre), in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), researching building damage prediction and design for tsunamis. His passion

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for international development and disaster preparedness has led him to work in South Africa and the UAE, and carry out research projects in Nepal, Peru, Japan and the Philippines.

Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Lucy was also recently appointed a member of the WISE Young Women’s Board, made up of women under 30 in a range of STEM careers across the UK.

Josh is extremely passionate about engineering engagement, sharing his passion and interest in international development and disaster mitigation with young audiences. As a former coordinator of Engineers Without Borders-UK, his focus was on engaging professionals with an interest in engineering for overseas development through training, and instilling that interest in school children. Josh has also featured in the Engineer Your Future exhibition at the Science Museum, a 3-year interactive exhibition encouraging 11-15 year-olds to think like engineers, explaining how model buildings and tsunami simulation inform the safer design of onshore structures.

She is passionate about breaking stereotypes within the engineering profession. She always seeks out and creates opportunities to reach out to KS3, GCSE and A-level students and encourage them to pursue STEM degrees and careers. Lucy has also worked with the Engineering Development Trust to host a London Hub of the Go4Set programme at UCL. Recognising that it is difficult for young people to gain experience in the engineering sector, Lucy offers work experience to female students over the summer.

Lucy Collins Lucy is a researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering undertaking her PhD in the field of submarine design. Last year she was the first uniformed female civilian to do sea time on a Royal Navy submarine, as a Lieutenant in the

materials and helpful resources for the new Computer Science curriculum.

Laszlo de Brissac Laszlo de Brissac, is a first year undergraduate student at the Department of Computer Science at UCL. He is also president of the Entrepreneur Society at UCL and leads the UCL’s Coding Curriculum student team. The student team is responsible for creating teaching and learning

Laszlo is involved in a wide range of engineering engagement activities from organizing Computing and Entrepreneurship days to talking to pupils about student life at UCL, being a Computer Science undergraduate and his own education experiences around science and engineering. He also develops and hosts coding classes for Year 12 and Year 13 students, providing them with tips and insights into how coding, along with an entrepreneurial mind, can lead to numerous exciting career possibilities in technology. On working with young people, Laszlo says: “I was really impressed and thrilled to see how this generation of students has a real interest for coding and the impact it will have on our society.”

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were perusing engineering as a career, he decided to do something about it and co-founded the Institute of Making. Institute of Making Open Days are hands-on engineering extravaganzas, and they regularly attract attendances of more than 700 children and families.

Mark Miodownik Mark is a Professor of Material Science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL. His approach to raising the profile of engineering has been to show how it is creative and transformative, but also fundamentally human. When as a newly appointed engineering lecturer he realized first hand how few British students

In 2010 the Royal Institution invited him to give the 2010 Christmas Lectures. He worked with the BBC to produce three television programmes on materials engineering on the theme of scale, called Size Matters. The DVD of lectures were distributed free to all schools in UK with an education pack including lesson plans in Spring 2011. Since then he has made several other BBC TV shows on science and engineering. He wrote a popular engineering book called Stuff Matters which has been translated into ten languages including Russian, Persian and Japanese and won the Royal Society Winton Book Prize in 2014.

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Networks, specialising in network management solutions. She works closely with Camden Schools’ Improvement Service to provide activities for both teachers and pupils. She leads the teacher training programme part of a national scheme to prepare teachers for the new computing curriculum. She is also involved with the UCL Coding Curriculum where undergraduates work with a teacher to develop material for schools.

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Rae Harbird is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at UCL. She teaches Java programming, an Introduction to Compilers and a module on Information Systems. Before joining UCL, Rae lead development projects for companies such as Reuters and Nortel

Sally Day Sally is a Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL researching the application of liquid crystals in displays and for other applications. She is particularly interested in the optical properties and improving liquid

crystal displays, as well as making other devices work, such as tuneable focal length lenses and optical filters and switches for telecommunications and microwaves. She also enjoys teaching, lecturing on electromagnetics and optics as well as working with students on new projects as part of their degrees. She is keen to encourage new engineers and to increase the diversity of those studying Engineering. She has given numerous talks to schools on displays, supports the development and delivery of the UCL Engineering After School Club together with the Fleming Society and is currently developing links with Fashion Designers to create new types of wearable technology. She says: “Engineering is about people, not only as consumers and end users, but about teams of people working together to create new ideas and designs which are useful to the world.” – 56 –

Shade Akinmolayan Shade is a research student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL. Her research looks at the development of a multi-scale model representation of clean water operations spanning time scales from minutes to months.

Steve Hailes Stephen is Professor of Wireless Systems and Deputy Head of Department. He is responsible for curriculum development and has driven two phases of change, leading to the current shape of the curriculum in the department and won

Shade has a strong interest in widening access and improving participation for school children by making engineering an attractive option through activities. She delivers a series of practical workshops surrounding some of the global challenges, such as clean water treatment and has also acted as an In2Science mentor and volunteered with organisations such as Future First. She is a STEM Ambassador, UCL’s Student Society of Women Engineers outreach officer, and the lead organiser of the chemical engineering summer school with EDT’s Headstart programme.

a departmental prize for his teaching in 2013, and a university prize in 2014. Steve’s research group is responsible for the development of the Engduino, a tool for teaching children to program, along with the teaching materials, extending into a major programme including training for teachers and involving first year undergraduates in producing teaching material for schools. One of his goals for the near future is to establish a national, open access, reviewed journal, in which students and their supporters can publish papers. He is a governor at a local girls’ grammar school and also has a strong interest in Computing Education in Developing Economies, he has links with several of the IITs in India and is also working with the Tunapanda Institute in Nairobi.

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Rae Harbird

This year Rae ran a course on behalf of Code First Girls, a national organisation providing training in web technologies for women who are not Computer Scientists. Together with colleagues in the department, at Birkbeck, the Institute of Education and Computing at School, Rae has set up the Bloomsbury Computing Network with the intention of offering an extensive programme of activities to teachers and young people.

Whilst at school, Shade, attended an engineering summer school that changed the way she looked at engineering as a career path. As an undergraduate she became passionate about finding ways to change misperceptions about STEM in young people, especially for young girls.

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president. It was here that he developed his skill and passion for public engagement on the issues of the day.

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Tarit is a lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering and his research specializes on the creation of new vaccines. While a student, was an active member of the UCLU Debating Society and eventually became its

Uzair Siddiqui Uzair is a final year undergraduate student at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL, working on the boundaries of engineering, corporate financial strategies and marketing communication. While at high school in Pakistan, Uzair started to engage with younger

Uzair is working on the development of educational tool kits for school children as his final year project. The main aim of his work is to help children understand the creative and problem-solving nature of engineering and enable them to make the connection from the abstract theoretical concepts taught to real-world engineering projects and activities. He has worked with several schools to develop an electronics toolkit that can help support teachers in the classroom for maths and physics topics that are hardest to visualize by students of varying ages. The toolkit provides an exciting extra-curricula activity that will challenge and stretch students while keeping them engaged and curious about science and engineering.

several research projects, for example designing and building flow rigs to simulate flow in vascular networks with Dr Rebecca Shipley’s biomedical group. Tim is also a student mentor and Careers Liaison Tutor for the department and improves students’ links with industry.

Tim Baker Tim Baker is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL and Team Principal of UCL Racing. His teaching role within the department includes all aspects of design and manufacture. Tim also contributes to

He is especially passionate about encouraging the next generation of engineers to study at degree level and has set up a mentoring scheme for school children competing in F1 in Schools. Under Tim’s guidance, UCL Mechanical Engineering has a regular presence at STEM fairs and festivals. A team of students is always on hand to showcase the cars they design and race to young people, their parents and teachers, giving them a hands-on experience with a Formula 1 style pit-stop challenge, one of the most popular attractions.

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Tarit Mukhopadhyay

He considers increasing the public understanding of science an essential part of his job and engages with children and young people to achieve this aim. He has participated in the Nuffield, Headstart and Smallpiece schemes; engaged in Science Festivals, Dux Days, and Taster lectures. He has even tried his hand at immersive science theatre, aimed at highlighting the issues of climate change and synthetic biology; and worked with the Science Museum on its latest exhibit, “Engineer your Future”. He has most recently helped with the UCL Engineering Royal Institution Masterclasses and is an occasional media talking head on vaccines and influenza.

students as part of a ‘Buddy-system’ to help them with their studies and career aspirations.

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CodeMe is a novel starter toolkit transforming programming into seamless creating and coding. Developed by the UCL Interaction Centre, namely Nicolai Marquardt, Venus Shum, Yvonne

Formula Student Formula Student, comprises a group of very talented undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, taking on the challenge of designing and building a single seater car to take part in the Silverstone Formula Student competition. Building

the ambition to drastically reduce loss of life, livelihoods and economic loss in natural disasters.

Sarah Gallacher, Lorna Wall, Licia Capra and Yvonne Rogers have developed VoxBox, a tangible questionnaire to gather opinions and gauge the mood of communities or crowds at events. It has been tested at events across the UK, including Tour de France Fan Parks, Digital Democracy and Electromagnetic Field Festival.

VoxBox VoxBox brings together a team of researchers from the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) at the Department of Computer Science and Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable and Connected Cities (ICRI). Connie Golsteijn,

Voxbox is particularly interesting for young people and gathering feedback from them, evaluating activities and also getting their opinion in a fun and engaging manner. Designed to be colourful, highly interactive and playful in appearance, VoxBox grabs young people’s attention. It is often difficult to elicit children’s insights or opinions, however the playful aspect of VoxBox is designed to appeal to children, being inspired by interactive museum exhibits.

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The team consists of Jack Buckley, Joanna Tomlin, Shyam Vasudevan, Chris Tang, Sharon Keya, Benjamin Khoo and Jamie Robinson. It actively supports the F1 in Schools program with undergraduates acting as school ambassadors and team mentors, to provide assistance during the design, analysis and manufacturing phases. Through this mentoring program Formula Student enable young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science and technology trying to help change perceptions on STEM.

EPICentre EPICentre is a multidisciplinary research group at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at UCL that investigates risk to society and infrastructure from earthquakes and other natural hazards. The driving force behind EPICentre research is

Professor Tiziana Rossetto, Dr Yasemin Didem Aktas, Dr Carmine Galasso, Dr Ioanna Ioannou, Alexandra Tsioulou and Joshua Macabuag all actively engaged with young people through a wide range of activities, events and workshops, providing unique insight into effective holistic seismic resistant design for earthquake and tsunami affected areas. The overall aim of the activities and workshops is to provide students with an introduction to seismic events and responsibilities of earthquake engineers to tackle with seismic risk, provide context for several theoretical mathematical and physical concepts as well as to encourage them to practice basics of earthquake resistant design and stimulate technical creativity.

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Rogers and Mara Balestrini. The tookit consists of three CodeMe projects: MakeMe, a small personal electronic sheet that children construct into a cube, for playful experimentations with electronics and sensors; SenseMe, allows children to wirelessly pass messages from one cube to the next; ConnectMe, a shared tangible programming platform enabling children to code together. It has opened up the worlds of designing, coding and creating for children of all abilities lowering the entry point for learning about coding with a gentle slope for advancement. It has made coding more social and discovery-based, and introduced computing concepts that are readily linked to the children’s everyday worlds. The toolkit has been extremely successful with young children at events and workshops including at BBC Stepping Out and public libraries.

a car from scratch requires a high degree of dedication and coordination, hard work, and team work spirit. It is these vital ingredients that Formula Student would like to inspire into young people in secondary schools through the F1 in Schools UCL Mechanical Engineering Mentors program.

Fleming Society

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The Fleming Society, is a student society at the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at UCL. The society gathers passionate students for workshops, competitions or simply to build stuff for fun. The team help develop a series of activities, interactive sessions and talks for

pupils. The team ran an extremely successful Engineering After School Club led by Thomas Gilbert, a final year undergraduate student with support from students, Alex Hadjigeorgiou, Basim Asher, Chamath Ellawala, Ilana Toledo, Morten Aas Clausen, Faiqa Alkotob, Dan Mannion, Ben Thomas and Luka Mustafa. In addition to developing the project activities for the After School Clubs, Fleming Society students also develop the worksheets and teaching materials for the sessions and act as mentors for A-level students. Through these activities, school pupils are able to gain a working knowledge of equipment such as oscilloscopes, signal generators and milling CNC machines and software including Maitland and achieve a good understanding of the Arduino working environment while gaining skills on PCB design, soldering, circuit analysis and system verification.

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Abbas Mirza, Computer Science

Aron Monszpart, Computer Science

Adam Wojcik, Mechanical Engineering

Asma Ahmad, Biochemical Engineering

Adam Gibson, Medical Physics

Asrah Binti Mohamad, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Adam Funnell, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Asterios Gavriilidis, Chemical Engineering

Adit Trivedi, Computer Science

Aysan Rangchian, Mechanical Engineering

Ahmed Al Dawood, Mechanical Engineering

Aysha Chaudhary, Security and Crime Science

Aiduan Borrion, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Balazs Konig, Mechanical Engineering

Akshay Goel, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Basim Asher, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Alan Cottenden, Medical Physics

Ben Banks, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Alberto Striolo, Chemical Engineering

Ben Thomas, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Alex Templar, Biochemical Engineering

Ben Hanson, Mechanical Engineering

Alexandra Douglass-Bonner, Computer Science

Ben Waugh, Computer Science

Alexandros Hadjigeorgiou, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Benjamin Khoo, Mechanical Engineering

Ali Sarraf, Computer Science

Benn Thomsen, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Alistair Ferag, Computer Science

Bethan Wolfenden, Biochemical Engineering

Aliya Toleuova, Chemical Engineering

Bethany Graves, Computer Science

Allan Al-armaghany, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Bongjin Koo, Computer Science

Alma Antemie, Biochemical Engineering

Bue Bu, Computer Science

Alvin Law, Computer Science

Carlotta Peticone, Biochemical Engineering

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank all staff and students who helped develop and deliver a series of exciting activities, programmes and events through our 24 strands of engineering education.

by actively powering events around the country. The team consists of Leon Brown, Paul Shearing, Dan Brett, Rhodri Jervis, Vidal Bharath, Erik Engebretsen, Anna Ploszajski, Dina Ibrahim, Rema Abdulazi among others.

UCell UCell are a team of PhD students, lecturers and industrial partners based in the Electrochemical Innovation Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering working on electricity production from hydrogen. Main aim for the team is to bring future energy technologies into the present day

The team is dedicated to engaging with the general public, especially young audiences. It host interactive sessions at science festivals, demonstrations, talks and discussions at schools to explain hydrogen energy and fuel cells. They also have an ambassadorial role, showcasing what it’s like to study science and engineering at UCL. Their engagement activities convey an important message, raising awareness on climate change and the role engineers play in protecting our natural environment. From fuel cell demonstrations, energy discussions and science events, they reach young audiences in the UK and internationally.

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Amandeep Khosa, Computer Science

Catherine Holloway, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Amin Amiri, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Catherine Kerr, Security and Crime Science

Ana Tajadura, Computer Science

Cathy Ho, Computer Science

Andrada Ianus, Medical Physics

Chaitanya Agrawal, Computer Science

Andrew Symonds, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Chamath Ellawala, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Andrew Moss, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Charlene Jennett, Computer Science

Angela Sasse, Computer Science

Charlotte Watts, Mechanical Engineering

Anja Gahre, Mechanical Engineering

Chiaki Crews, Medical Physics

Anna Ploszajski, Chemical Engineering

Ching Lam, Biochemical Engineering

Anna Gould, Computer Science

Chloe Knox, Chemical Engineering

Anna Zamir, Medical Physics

Chris Tan, Mechanical Engineering

Anne Vanhoest, Medical Physics

Christodoulos Aspromallis, Computer Science

Anouska Bharath, Mechanical Engineering

Cindy Regalado, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Anouska Nithyanandan, Mechanical Engineering

Clare Elwell, Medical Physics

Anthony Steed, Computer Science

Connie Golsteijn, Computer Science

Archit Sachdeva, Computer Science

Cristina Amati, Computer Science

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Dami Taiwo, Chemical Engineering

Ilana Toledano, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Les Irwin, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Nikos Papadosifos, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Dan Brett, Chemical Engineering

Ingvild Peersen, Mechanical Engineering

Liliana Ortega, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Niloy Mitra, Computer Science

Dan Mannion, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Ioanna Ioannou, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Limunga Meoto, Chemical Engineering

Olamide Abolarinwa, Chemical Engineering

Daniel Heanes, Medical Physics

Istvan Hoffer, Computer Science

Lorna Wall, Computer Science

Oran Cash-Sendles, Mechanical Engineering

Darren Nesbeth, Biochemical Engineering

Iustin Sibiescu, Computer Science

Louise Roberts, Chemical Engineering

Ozgur Yazaydin, Chemical Engineering

David de Silva, Biochemical Engineering

Ivan Wall, Biochemical Engineering

Luca Montesi, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Panagiota Angeli, Chemical Engineering

Dean Barratt, Medical Physics

Izzat Darwazeh, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Lucy Collins, Mechanical Engineering

Patty Kostkova, Computer Science

Delia Gander, Computer Science

Jack Chan, Computer Science

Ludmila Striukova, Management Science & Innovation

Paul Shearing, Chemical Engineering

Derrick Boampong, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Jack Roper, Computer Science

Luiza Campos, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Paul Hellier, Mechanical Engineering

Diana-Maria Costea, Computer Science

Jack Buckley, Mechanical Engineering

Luka Mustafa, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Paul Marshall, Computer Science

Dina Ibrahim, Chemical Engineering

Jacky Tang, Mechanical Engineering

Maira Tariq, Computer Science

Pavan Nagendra, Computer Science

Ding Zhong Weng, Computer Science

Jacques Cali, Computer Science

Manik Gupta, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Peter Kelly, Mechanical Engineering

Dipesh Rai, Mechanical Engineering

James Robinson, Chemical Engineering

Manni Bhatti, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Phil Jeavons, Mechanical Engineering

Donal Finegan, Chemical Engineering

James Durrant, Computer Science

Manoj Vaseekharan, Computer Science

Philip Treleaven, Computer Science

Dorothea Delpech, Security and Crime Science

James Edge, Computer Science

Mara Tribull, Computer Science

Philipp Boeing, Computer Science

Eli Keshavarz-Moore, Biochemical Engineering

James Hennessey, Computer Science

Mark Handley, Computer Science

Pierre Affaticati, Biochemical Engineering

Eliza Orasanu, Medical Physics

James Townsend, Computer Science

Mark Lloyd, Computer Science

Pilar Garcia Souto, Medical Physics

Elizabeth Lawrence, Mechanical Engineering

James Robertson, Medical Physics

Mark Buckwell, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Pranav Murugappan, Computer Science

Elizabeth Corbin, Institute of Making

Jamie Robinson, Mechanical Engineering

Mark Miodownik, Mechanical Engineering

Rachel Stephenson, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Ellie Cosgrave, STEaPP

Jason Biddlecombe, Mechanical Engineering

Mark Ransley, Mechanical Engineering

Radhika Srinivasan, Mechanical Engineering

Elliot Wise, Computer Science

Jenny Griffiths, Medical Physics

Martin Nwodo, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Rae Harbird, Computer Science

Elliott Wise, Medical Physics

Jo Brunker, Medical Physics

Martin Kilian, Computer Science

Rashmi Raju, Mechanical Engineering

Elly Martin, Medical Physics

Joanna Tomlin, Mechanical Engineering

Martin Fry, Medical Physics

Reem Ahmad, Medical Physics

Emma Malone, Medical Physics

Joanna Hill, Security and Crime Science

Martina Michelletti, Biochemical Engineering

Reka Solymosi, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Erik Engebretsen, Chemical Engineering

Jonathan Howells, Computer Science

Martina Bargemen Fonseca, Medical Physics

Rema Abdulaziz, Chemical Engineering

Esther Uwannah, Medical Physics

Josh Bailey, Chemical Engineering

Martyn Fice, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Renee Seyidova, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Eva Sorensen, Chemical Engineering

Joshua Macabuag, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Mateo Inchaurrandieta, Computer Science

Rhodri Jervis, Chemical Engineering

Faiqa Alkotob, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Joshua Levin, Computer Science

Matt Richie, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Richard Simons, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Farabi Ibn Mosharraf, Mechanical Engineering

Judith Zhou, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Melanie Georgiou, Biochemical Engineering

Richard Baltrusch, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Fatumina Said Abukar, Biochemical Engineering

Junpeng Deng, Mechanical Engineering

Melisa Canales, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Richard Pettinger, Management Science & Innovation

Filipp Shebbo, Mechanical Engineering

Junwang Tang, Chemical Engineering

Mengjiao Wang, Computer Science

Rinalds Krummins, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Francesco Fioranelli, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Kangsheng Sun, Biochemical Engineering

Michael Parkes, Computer Science

Robert Thompson, (LCN) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Frederik Brudy, Computer Science

Karin Shmueli, Medical Physics

Michael Brown, Medical Physics

Rodolfo Lorenzo, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Gemma Bale, Medical Physics

Katarzyna Stawarz, Computer Science

Michail Stamatakis, Chemical Engineering

Rohan Kopparapu, Computer Science

George Manos, Chemical Engineering

Kate Porter, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Michele Lynch, Chemical Engineering

Rose Johnson, Computer Science

George Danezis, Computer Science

Keith Harvey, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Mingxing Hu, Medical Physics

Roselle Thoreau, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Gerald McBrearty, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Kenneth Tong, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Moos Hueting, Computer Science

Ross Welham, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Gergana Marincheva, Computer Science

Kevin Kwan, Computer Science

Morten Aas Clausen, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Rushit Doshi, Mechanical Engineering

Gulliver Anslow-Johnson, Computer Science

Konstantina Koutita, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Muhammad Rafdi, Computer Science

Ruth Morgan, Security and Crime Science

Helen Czerski, Mechanical Engineering

Koon-Yang Lee, Chemical Engineering

Muki Haklay, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Ruxandra Panainte, Computer Science

Henry Phillips, Chemical Engineering / Engineers without Borders

Lara Rasha, Chemical Engineering

Nathan Barber, Mechanical Engineering

Sachi Vaz, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Herve Borrion, Security and Crime Science

Laszlo de Brissac, Computer Science

Nick Tavouktsoglou, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Safina Siddiqui, Computer Science

Holly Hedgeland, (LCN) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Laura Dempsey, Medical Physics

Nick Tyler, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Sally Day, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Hoong Chun Wong, Management Science & Innovation

Lebina Shrestha Kakkar, Computer Science

Nick Bradbeer, Mechanical Engineering

Salman Malik, Medical Physics

Horace Li, Computer Science

Lena Ciric, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Nick Donaldson, Medical Physics

Sam Fallahi, Computer Science

Ian Seaton, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Leon Brown, Chemical Engineering

Nicolai Marquardt, Computer Science

Sam Searles-Bryant, Medical Physics

Ilan Adler, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Les Ansdell, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Nicolas Gold, Computer Science

Samer Abdallah, Computer Science

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– Engineering Engagement: Young People & Schools –

– Engineering Engagement: Young People & Schools –

Wael Al Saeed, Computer Science

Sarah Wilkes, Institute of Making

Wafa Elahi, Mechanical Engineering

Saskia Bakker, Computer Science

Xenia Karekla, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Sayid Salim, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Xinyue Zhang, Computer Science

Scott Landers, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Yasemin Didem Aktas, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Sergio Azizi, Mechanical Engineering

Yassine Azma, Medical Physics

Sergiu Cosmin Ferentz, Computer Science

Ye Pan, Computer Science

Shade Akinmolayan, Chemical Engineering

Yen Jin Lim, Mechanical Engineering

Shamail Ahmed, Computer Science

Yi Zheng, Medical Physics

Sharon Keya, Mechanical Engineering

Yiannis Ventikos, Mechanical Engineering (Head of Department)

Shashi Halai, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Youjin Cha, Mechanical Engineering

Shivam Kumar, Mechanical Engineering

Yousef Anis, Mechanical Engineering

Shyam Vasudevan, Mechanical Engineering

Youssef Hegazi, Mechanical Engineering

Siri Vinay, Computer Science

Yuan Wei, Computer Science

Soo Yong Lee, Computer Science

Yvonne Rogers, Computer Science

Sophie Su, Computer Science

Zach Eaton-Rosen, Medical Physics

Stavroula Balabani, Mechanical Engineering

Zahra Taiba Traboulsi, Computer Science

Stephen Henderson, Computer Science

Zahra Alzabin, Chemical Engineering

Stephen Todd, Management Science & Innovation

Zaiba Badrudin, Management Science & Innovation

Steve Hudziak, (LCN) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Zak Anis, Mechanical Engineering

Steve Hailes, Computer Science

Zheng Ren, Computer Science


Sarah Gallacher, Computer Science

Steven Murdoch, Computer Science Sumaiya Rahman, Electronic & Electrical Engineering Tarit Mukhopadhyay, Biochemical Engineering


Temi Olugbade, Computer Science

Anthony Finkelstein

Terence Leung, Medical Physics

Sara Collins

Thomas Gilbert, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Marco Federighi

Tiancheng Yi, Computer Science

Jane Butler

Tim Baker, Mechanical Engineering

John Mitchell

Tiziana Rossetto, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Tim Bodley-Scott

Tom Haines, Computer Science

Paul Greening

Tom Hamer, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Marc Usher

Tom Sherborne, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Lee Phillips

Tommy Zijian Zhao, Mechanical Engineering

Jon Wheatley

Tuanfeng Wang, Computer Science

Chris Neil

Ulas Zeyrek, Computer Science

Diane Davis

Umut Turkucu, Mechanical Engineering

Stephen Marchant

Uzair Siddiqui, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Mykal Riley

Valerie Ngow, Mechanical Engineering

Saffron Hutt

Vardan Tandon, Computer Science

Andy O’Reilly

Venus Lamling Shum, Computer Science

Zoe Laughlin

Victoria Koh, Computer Science

Ellie Doney

Vidal Bharath, Chemical Engineering

Olivia Clemence

Vijay Pawar, Computer Science

Richard Gamester

Vika Christy, Computer Science

Sarah Wilkes

Vino Mano, Computer Science

Elizabeth Corbin

Vishal Shah, Computer Science

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