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.
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
“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.”
Shirley Atkinson, Associate Head in Computing
The School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics has an excellent track record in teaching and research alongside strong links and collaboration with industry and business. Our degree disciplines are computing, electronics, mathematics, robotics and statistics, with a wide range of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The School of Engineering offers our students the opportunity to study for degrees under three main disciplines: mechanical and marine engineering, civil and coastal engineering and navigation and maritime science, the latter being the historical focus of education since the Plymouth School of Navigation was founded in 1862.
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.
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.
Improving lives through engineering
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 40 staff and 1000 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.