STEM – Science, Technology and Maths have long been strengths at Sussex – highlighted again this week with the announcement that a Sussex team and designer have won two of the five categories in the Telegraph UK STEM awards 2014.
Focusing on one of five STEM sectors (Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Environment, Construction and Defence) students were invited to set a challenge that complemented their field of study, or answer a set question for the expert judges’ analysis. Points were awarded for innovation, financial viability and the idea’s benefit to society and the environment.
BSc Product Design graduate Richard Ogodeton was announced the winner of the Environmental sector, sponsored by Semta with a water saving shower which he developed through his Masters in Information Technology with Business and Management at Sussex and a team of six 4th Year MEng engineers led by Daniel Crumpton have won the Automotive sector, sponsored by McLaren with their CAROP (Compressed Air Resonating Opposed Piston) project – a prototype engine developed for the purpose of assessing the viability of a revolutionary take on the internal combustion engine proposed for use as a range extender in hybrid vehicles.
Both will now be forwarded to the next stage of the competition, where the winners of each of the five sectors will be judged for the title prize. This overall winner, whether it’s an individual or a team, will receive £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme from a senior engineer within Babcock International Group – presented at a dedicated ceremony in London during Universities Week in June 2014.
We look forward to hearing how both Sussex based teams get on with the next steps towards that incredible £25,000 funding prize…