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Innovative designs and captivating research exhibited at Made@City

The best final year student projects were presented at the event, alongside an exhibition of research photography


Made@City is the annual end of year celebration showcasing the best student project work involving creativity, technology and design. The event, held on Thursday 9th June, saw students and alumni exhibiting the products and technologies they have been working on over the past academic year. All City’s five Schools were represented with exhibits ranged from restaurant apps to short films and 3D computer games.

Attendees voted for their favourite student project, with the winner announced at the end of the evening.

Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Professor Roger Crouch said:

The demonstration projects provide a glimpse into the minds of students who have begun to design in a most creative way, often embracing advanced technology. I and my academic colleagues see tremendous value in nurturing innovation in this fashion. We wish to reward curiosity and to encourage students and staff alike to challenge the status quo, to tinker and, above all, to design. Made@City provides a fine platform upon which to showcase a cross section of this work.
Professor Roger Crouch

Winning projects

Cass Business School student Julie Nitschmann was named the winner for her project Edi – Light – Wherever. The project involved an interior floor lamp with a rechargeable battery, allowing it to be moved easily around a house and garden. Julie took home a medal and £500 prize, sponsored by Santander.

Nagres Aalinezhad from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering took second place with A Mathematical Model for Human Intracranial Dynamics.  The project investigated the interaction between human central nervous systems in order to learn more about causes of neurological disorders.

Third place went to Rodrigo Munguia from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Rodrigo’s project was titled Smart Shirt for Temperature Control and Other Biometric Measurements for Healthy and Safe Living. The Smart Shirt is able to monitor and display real time heart rate, body surface temperature and detect sweat secretion, to aid the detection of critical symptoms in patients.

Images of Research

At the event, an exhibition of photography depicted a selection of innovative research taking place at City exploring topics as diverse as inequality, human perception and aerodynamics. More than 50 images were submitted by academics, with the best 18 selected by judges to appear in the final exhibition.

The overall winning image selected by the judges was Turbulent flow around a wing, by Marco Rosti from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. The image depicts research into plane wing design to improve aerodynamic performance.

Marco said:

We have studied the three dimensional, unsteady flow around a wing in various flight conditions, emulating those experienced during take-off and landing or the influence of a wind gust. With the aid of numerical simulations, an alternative to experiments in wind tunnels, we were able to develop new wing designs that can enhance the aerodynamic performance at no extra cost. This improves the aircraft’s manoeuvrability, increases the amount of weight it can carry, or can reduce the fuel consumed, all of which may contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

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