WMG welcomes first cohort onto new graduate development programme

Graduate development programmeWMG has welcomed its first cohort on to its new bespoke graduate development programme.

The programme is designed for aspiring engineers and follows two pathways - Smart Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Energy Innovation working alongside academics, and industry partners.

Over the next two years, the first cohort of nine graduates will have the chance to develop their engineering skills in these key areas and will have the chance to apply these skills to real-world research and development.

Thu 20 September 2018, 10:47 | Tags: Homepage Article 1, Careers

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya receives an honorary degree from the Indian Institute of Technology

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya received an honorary degree for his contribution to advance the knowledge of technology and its widespread application throughout the world including India. The award was conferred on 8 September 2018.

At a ceremony at the Indian Institute of Information Technology at Allahabad, which is the largest of its kind in India, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was conferred a D.Sc (honoris causa) in recognition of his contribution, and creation, of WMG with its world renowned application of cutting edge technology.IIT 2

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya is a long term and committed collaborator with India, with WMG working with many companies on research and development, as well as educating future engineers, technologists and managers.

Tue 18 September 2018, 14:49 | Tags: Homepage Article 2 Lord Bhattacharyya

£10m funding to build a new Degree Apprenticeship Centre for the high value manufacturing sector

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WMG, at the University of Warwick, have been awarded £10 million to build a new Degree Apprenticeship Centre for the high value manufacturing sector.

The WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre will focus on courses essential to the effective development of advanced engineering and manufacturing companies.

The Centre, which is due to open in 2019, has received £10 million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

The Centre will provide training programmes up to Level 7 (Master’s Degree level) with an initial capacity for 1,000 students on roll at any one time. The apprentices, who will be employed by companies, will undertake their academic studies at the WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre, which will be on the University of Warwick campus.

Tue 11 September 2018, 14:44 | Tags: Partnerships Homepage Article 3

Car component quality testing technology helps hip surgeons ensure prostheses bind to bones

Hip surgeons are making significant advances in designing hip replacement components using additive manufacturing (3D printing) but have been struggling to devise easy methods of testing the designs they have created without using destructive testing techniques. Now researchers in WMG at the University of Warwick have devised a way of examining and ensuring the quality of those designs without destructive testing using scanning techniques normally used to examine new component designs for high-end automotive manufacturing.Professor Mark Williams

Successful surgical reconstruction or replacement of a joint (arthroplasty) requires integration of the prosthetic implant with the bone to replace the damaged joint. Surgeons therefore seek to use Bone-mimetic biomaterials for implants as their mechanical properties and porous structure can be designed to allow bone ingrowth and help fix the implant.

Wed 05 September 2018, 15:22 | Tags: Metrology Homepage Article 4 Mark Williams Research

Young Alumni Achiever Award for WMG Principal Engineer

SiddarthaPrincipal Engineer Siddartha Khastgir has been presented with a prestigious Young Alumni Achiever Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India.

Siddartha graduated from IIT in 2011 before going on to complete a PhD at WMG, under the supervision of Professor Paul Jennings , on developing testing methodologies for ensuring the safety of autonomous vehicles. He is now a Principal Engineer within our Intelligent Vehicles capability.

Fri 24 August 2018, 14:52 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Paul Jennings

Formula 1 driving simulation technology could help put the UK on the fast track to self-driving vehicles

A new research programme by WMG at the University of Warwick, and XPI Simulation, co-funded by Innovate UK, is examining the potential for applying the simulation technology used to train Formula 1® drivers for the testing and certification of autonomous vehicles. The market for such vehicles is expected to reach £52 billion by 2035, according to government figures.

The new research could dramatically reduce the time to market, helping manufacturers to achieve the UK government’s vision for self-driving vehicles to be operating on our roads as early as 2021.

Several manufacturers are already testing their vehicles on public roads, with mixed results. One of the problems is the volume and repeatability of testing. Carrying out such testing on controlled tracks or on-road presents significant cost and safety challenges – as well as requiring huge amounts of mileage to be driven to gather evidence.

Thu 16 August 2018, 10:59 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Paul Jennings Partnerships Research

£100 million new funding for WMG’s work in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult – will help create the technologies of tomorrow

WMG Centre HVM Catapult lightweighting researchThe Chancellor of the Exchequer, the RT Hon Philip Hammond MP has announced today (Friday 10th August 2018) that WMG, at the University of Warwick, has been awarded £100m in Government funding for WMG’s work in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

It forms part of a £780 million announcement of which £270.9 million has been awarded to the West Midlands (to WMG and MTC for their work in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and the Energy Systems Catapult in Birmingham).

Fri 10 August 2018, 14:44 | Tags: HVM Catapult

New Director of Apprenticeships at WMG

Sue ParrWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Parr as WMG’s new Director of Apprenticeships.

Sue joined WMG in December 2015 as a Business Development Director, tasked with developing our Professional and Executive Programmes, following 12 years at the Open University where she was Director of Executive Education.

Following the huge success of our Applied Engineering and Dyson degree programmes we are now extending our Degree Apprenticeship provision across engineering, digital, cyber security and healthcare.

Our Degree Apprenticeship programmes complement our existing academic and professional courses and enable us to contribute to regional and national employment needs and to enhance our students’ employability and skills. Crucially, they help widen access and participation by introducing alternative entry criteria, new flexible modes of study and new models of delivery.

Thu 09 August 2018, 14:30 | Tags: Education Sue Parr Professional and Executive Programmes

Midlands based global doyens of darkness are LED into daylight

Paterson PhotographicTipton-based darkroom specialists Paterson Photographic Ltd have added daylight to darkness in their leading studio and theatre lighting equipment, thanks to LED technology support from WMG at the University of Warwick.

Having developed a global reputation for the quality of their darkroom equipment, they wanted to add to their product offering and re-enter the studio lighting market with a comprehensive range of Continuous Lighting units manufactured in their own UK factory.

Creating a studio lighting range that used LEDs with a colour temperature of 6000K (daylight) rather than the most common methods using fluorescent lighting would provide Paterson Photographic with a technological leap in their products.

The SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) support team at WMG at the University of Warwick provided technical and research support allowing the company to launch the first batch of LED-based daylight products with bespoke coloured filters at the 2018 Photography Show at Birmingham’s NEC. The new products are expected to generate sales in six figures for Paterson over the next year.

Thu 02 August 2018, 17:26 | Tags: SME

Top European award for Dr Mortenson’s operational research paper

Dr Michael Mortenson’s research paper ‘Operational research from Taylorism to Terabytes: A research agenda for the analytics age’, has been awarded the Euro Award for the Best European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR) paper 2018, in the Review category.

EJOR publishes high quality, original papers that contribute to the methodology of operational research (OR) and to the practice of decision-making. It is widely considered to be the top European journal and within the top three worldwide, in this specific area.

Dr Mortenson is a Senior Teaching Fellow on our e-Business Management MSc programme, his paper identified a significant lack of research into analytics in operational research orientated publications charting the history of operational research, analytics and a range of related disciplines. His work also paves the way for future research combining key themes in analytics and operational research. The full paper can be found here

Dr Mortenson was presented with his award at the European Conference on Operational Research (EURO) in July.

Wed 01 August 2018, 09:33 | Tags: Education

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