Student projects shine at Engineering Showcase event

Robotic fish, cabbages, an electronic tuba and a self-guiding robot were just some of the highlights of this year's Engineering Project Showcase event held on the University's campus.

<p>Robotic fish</p>
<p>Self-guiding robot</p>
<p>Electronic tuba</p>

Proud students from the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics found themselves the centre of focus at the University's Engineering Project Showcase Day.

Celebrating the impressive work of our engineering students and the diverse range of research and development projects they undertake, the event allowed students to demonstrate their exciting creations to external visitors from industry, fellow students and members of academic staff, and discuss their plans for the future.

The final year projects, which included a 3D printed electronic fish, a robot with spatial awareness skills and a tuba controlled by servos, showed how the students had integrated degree topics and transferable skills and their ability to produce a realistic assessment of a ‘typical’ engineering project.

Many of the projects are interdisciplinary and a fair number are sourced from industry, often as a result of a placement year in a particular industry.

“It is truly rewarding to see our students take the three years of experience and knowledge gained on our degree courses and produce research and designs that could be published, patented or sold commercially. It is no wonder industry values them so highly and that many students get jobs on the day.”

Dr Toby Whitley, Lecturer in Analogue and Digital Electronics


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<p>Self guiding robot 1</p>

Self guiding robot 3<br></p>

“Our showcase is the pinnacle of the student achievement, a culmination of three or four years of hard work. It was fabulous to see the results of that hard work and the justifiably proud authors of some quite astounding final project software. We had an amazing range from the Digital Kennel, air quality monitoring software and the bespoke operating system. Many of these could so easily go into production.” 

Dr Shirley Atkinson, Associate Head in Computing

<p>Engineering showcase - electronics</p>

Engineering showcase - electronics close up<br></p>

Engineering showcase - robot wheel 


The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics has an excellent track record in teaching and research alongside strong links and collaboration with industry and business. Our degree disciplines are civil and coastal engineering computing, electronics, marine engineering, mathematics, mechanicalnavigation and maritime scienceroboticsstatistics and theoretical physics, with a wide range of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

We aim to serve the educational, research and industrial needs of those living and working in the South West and further afield; our graduates are eminently employable and we are proud of their contributions to society.

Our researchers have been well known in the fields of robotics, composites and metallic materials, and coastal engineering for many years. Furthermore, since the opening of our £19 million Marine Building in 2012, we have quickly become established as a leading centre for marine renewable energy research and testing with access to excellent facilities that include the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport laboratory and a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster to support numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

<p>Engineering showcase hydroponics</p>

Engineering showcase robitics 

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Why engineering at Plymouth?

Third year Plymouth engineering students and alumni explain how the University's Engineering Project Showcase Day offers an opportunity to demonstrate their passion to lecturers, their fellow students and also to industry professionals and potential employers.

<p>Emily-Jane Rolley-Parnell</p>
<p>Robotic fish</p>
<p>Robotic fish on screen</p>

Our school

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is a friendly and exciting place to study. You will be taught by internationally recognised experts who are passionate about providing an excellent learning experience. Our researchers have been well known in the fields of structures, materials, and coastal engineering for many years.

You will join a community of approximately 100 staff and 2000 students; our graduates are eminently employable and we are proud of their contributions to society. Find out how your future could be shaped at the University of Plymouth.