Autonomous cars, a self-balancing robot and a computer controlled Etch-a-Sketch were just some of the projects engineering students showed off to potential employers at the University of South Wales’s annual Engineering Showcase event.
Other projects on display included an energy storage solution for domestic solar PV panels, a solid LED multiplexer, and wind simulation software for use in the renewable energy sector.
The showcase provides an excellent opportunity to hear about the challenges facing industry, network with professionals working in the sector, and see first-hand the impressive range of final year projects being designed and developed by students from the University's aerospace, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering courses.
Airbus UK’s Head of International Market Development, and USW honorary, Michael Stevens, gave a keynote speech as part of the event:
“The link between academia and the commercial engineering sector is fundamental.
“The core of our engineering capability will come through universities that invest in events like this engineering showcase.
“They allow engineers of the future to develop and allow industries like ours to influence those engineers of the future.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, Professor Helen Langton said:
“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their talents to potential employers.
“We have the largest engineering provision in Wales and part of that provision is to develop our students to make sure that they are ready to be employed when they leave the University.
“At the showcase our students are demonstrating to employers that they have those essential skills and experience.
“Many of our previous students hold major positions in some of the largest engineering companies in Wales and beyond. Our hope is that today’s undergraduates will be able to follow in their footsteps.”
A number of awards were handed out by sponsors of the showcase to students whose projects caught their eyes.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Jack Scammell was one of the award winners with his computer-controlled Etch-a-Sketch:
“The showcase is one of the most important things on my course. It’s good to get your name out there and to show that you have the skills employers need. It’s good to talk to them at their level of understanding as well.”
The Engineering Showcase is supported by leading professional bodies, networks and organisations including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Lighting Professionals, Renishaw PLC, Renesas Electronics and Fike Safety Technology Ltd.