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Engineering Science is one of four departments at Oxford University that has been presented with an Athena SWAN bronze award in recognition of its efforts to help promote and advance the careers of women in academia. Accepting the Award on behalf of the Department at a recent ceremony in Edinburgh, was Professor Alison Noble, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering.
The R. Bruce Lindsay Award is given annually by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) to a single researcher under the age of 35 across all fields of acoustics, who has made a significant research contribution to the field. Dr Stride received this prestigious award for ‘contributions to biomedical applications of acoustic bubbles’, with particular reference to the development of ultrasound-responsive microbubbles that can be guided and trapped under the effect of an externally applied magnetic field.
In May, the Department’s first Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Seminar was delivered by Professor Mathias Fink, Professor of Physics, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) de la ville de Paris & Collège de France and Member of French Academy of Sciences. He is also the Founder and Director of the Laboratory Ondes et Acoustique at ESPCI that in 2009 became the Langevin Institute.
Congratulations to the Department's researchers in the Energy and Power Group and their partners at the Oxford Martin School who have won the Technical Innovation Award ahead of nearly 200 other teams for developing an Android app. This app maps the efficiency of the motor in real time for the driver, a reconfigurable photovoltaic array that allows optimisation of the solar energy use, and a clutch mechanism that allows regeneration braking while free-wheeling.
Mr Stefano Domenicali, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, delivered the 39th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture on 15th May. The Department’s two main lecture theatres were full to hear the lecture titled “Ferrari”, with over 300 representatives from industry, the University’s alumni community, government, and schools from Oxfordshire.
Dr Eleanor Stride, University Lecturer at the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, describes how the bubble technology she is developing can be used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses such as stroke and cancer. Many more potential uses are in the pipeline, including for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and depression.
Congratulations to Professor Lionel Tarassenko who has been elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
In April twelve students were invited to visit CERN to present the work from their third year design projects.
In April the 6th RV Jones Distinguished Lecture in Engineering on "Tidal Power: Opportunities for the UK" was delivered by the Head of the Department of Engineering Science, Professor Guy Houlsby.
Professor Guy Houlsby, the Head of the Department of Engineering Science, has been invited by the British Geotechnical Association to deliver the 2014 Rankine Lecture, the most prestigious of the invited lectures in geotechnical engineering.
The first winners of the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering are five engineers who created the Internet and the World Wide Web. The announcement was made by Lord Browne of Madingley in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 18 March 2013. The winners will come to London in June 2013 for the formal presentation of the prize by Her Majesty The Queen.
In a world first, a human liver has been 'kept alive' and functioning on a machine outside the patient's body. So far the procedure has been performed on two patients on the liver transplant waiting list and both are making excellent recoveries.
This year's prestigious, annual Oxford London Lecture, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, was given by Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, and supported by the Romanes Fund and The Guardian newspaper.
The Department of Engineering Science Mobile Robotics Group, led by Professor Paul Newman and Dr Ingmar Posner, recently announced the development of a new navigation system that enables a car to ‘drive itself’ for stretches of a route – taking the strain off drivers during a busy commute or school run.
Professor Alison Noble FREng, the Department's Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected President of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society.
The Departments of Engineering Science and Materials have been awarded a three year research contract worth approximately US$1.5m over three years by Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) to open a new paradigm of flexible energy storage and generation systems.
Congratulations to the Department’s Biomedical Engineering MSc student, Will Carspecken (Worcester College), who has won first prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his paper on the “Telespiro”, co-authored with Carlos Arteta (DPhil candidate in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation) and his supervisor, Dr Gari Clifford. Will Carspecken presented his paper at this year’s IEEE Point-Of-Care Healthcare Technologies Conference in Bangalore, India. The IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
The Government recently announced that The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) will establish and manage a new £38 million centre to encourage innovative solutions in the UK healthcare market. Nigel Perry FREng, who has an MA in Engineering Science from this Department (St Peter’s College, Oxford), is Chief Executive of CPI.
This month, the Department’s Turbomachinery Research Group hosted a ‘flying’ visit from Ian Whittle (former Boeing 747 Captain and son of Sir Frank Whittle).
Andrew Mather (Keble College), who graduated with a first class honours degree from the Department of Engineering Science, was one of the finalists for this year’s New Civil Engineer (NCE) Graduate of the Year. The NCE magazine’s Awards recognise the best and brightest graduates that demonstrate strong academic and practical achievements in their career combined with putting into practice what they learned at University.