City hosts successful EGPR engineering design project funded by US partner Black Diamond
Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, managed a team of engineering academics and students and hosted the Final Workshop of the European Global Product Realisation (EGPR) programme from June 18th to 23rd 2018 at City, University of London.
EGPR is a European academic collaborative programme for final year students in engineering and design disciplines.
This virtual academic enterprise comprised City, University of London, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), Brigham Young University, Provo (USA) and an industrial partner, which, for 2018, was Black Diamond, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Following several months of educational and design activities, 38 students and 9 staff members from four universities and two company representatives participated in a week long Final Workshop to assemble and test prototypes of Smart Mobile Outdoor Illumination products.
The project was funded by Black Diamond, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States, and one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor activity equipment.
The project was coordinated by Professor Kovacevic from City and Professor Bryan Howell from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA.
There was great interest in the final exhibition from the many people who attended.
Professor Kovacevic said:
With EGPR 2018 we were very interested to explore the suitability of our CODEVE (COllaborative DEsign in Virtual Environment) teaching methodology in this transatlantic project with Black Diamond and our partner university, Brigham Young University. It was a very exciting project with a very successful conclusion in which we extended our knowledge and experience on such projects and which we are already extensively publishing. I am very thankful to Black Diamond and company director Kasey Jarvis for the commitment they have shown to this year's project.
Director of Black Diamond said:
"This was a very interesting project for us which concluded with fine new ideas which we will certainly aim to include in the portfolio of our products. Collaboration in EGPR project demonstrated the importance of physical prototyping to both our company and the students involved. We would like to thank Professor Howell and Professor Kovacevic for inviting us to participate in this project."
For more on the CODEVE methodology, please visit this weblink.