Research engineers present their work at the 2nd Annual IDC in Systems Conference

EngD Conference 24-25th May

Research Engineers from the EngD in Systems attended the 2nd Annual IDC in Systems Conference on 24-25th May, which took place at the University of Bristol. The EngD programme is a doctoral programme run jointly between the University of Bristol and the University of Bath.

Director of Studies, Professor Andrew Graves from the University of Bath School of Management, was Chair for the first day of the conference.

The main aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity for Research Engineers to present and defend their work to a diverse and knowledgeable audience with all final year Research Engineers submitting and presenting a conference paper outlining their research. This was followed by a Q&A session.

From the University of Bath, Professor Andrew Graves and Dr. Steve Cayzer sat on the panel to assess presentations by the Research Engineers, alongside Bristol University academics and industrial supervisors. Academic supervisors from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and industrial supervisors also attended the conference in support of their Research Engineers.

The afternoon session consisted of a poster session and a speed-storming networking session which was facilitated by Bath’s Research Engineer Phil Hampshire.

At the end of the conference, prizes were awarded for the best presentation and best poster presentation. Phil Hampshire won the best poster presentation from Cohort 3 and fellow Bath student John Harding won best poster presentation from Cohort 4.

An external award, the FNC prize for Best Publication of the Year, was awarded jointly to Ralph Evins from Bristol University and Sam Joyce from University of Bath.

The best oral and poster presentation winners will have an opportunity to represent the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems at the First National Conference of the AEngD (Association of EngDs) in September 2011, in London.

Next year’s conference is scheduled to take place at the University of Bath School of Management.

Notes to Editors

The Engineering Doctorate, or EngD, provides a more vocationally-oriented doctorate in engineering than the traditional PhD and is better suited to the needs of industry. Through the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems, the Systems Centre offers its 4-year EngD programme in Systems, enrolling students with either the University of Bristol or University of Bath. This postgraduate programme is intended for the UK's most able research engineers who have the potential to be tomorrow’s leaders in Industry. Students enrolled on an EngD programme are referred to as Research Engineers. Research Engineers are normally based in Industry, spending the majority of their time (about 75%) working in a company on innovative research projects. The Systems Centre collaborates with companies to identify suitable projects. A list of currently available EngD research projects.

 
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