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The Inaugural Civil Engineering Post-Graduate Conference (12 Feb)

Kia ora!

You are invited to attend the inaugural Post Grad Conference for Civil Engineering at UC. The conference will feature presentations from students across the department, showcasing the variety of exciting research going on here.

The keynote presentation will be by Susan Krumdieck on ‘Transition Engineering, because it’s time’. This will explore how engineering will change going forward as we build a sustainable future, away from fossil fuels.

Key Details

Where: North Arts Block, University of Canterbury

When: 8:30am-4:30pm, Wednesday 12 February

More information is available on the conference website

https://sites.google.com/view/cnre-pg-conference2020

 

You will need a ticket to attend. They are free and available at the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/uc-cnre-postgraduate-conference-2020-tickets-82674167661

Please RSVP ASAP for catering and attendance purposes and feel free to forward on this invite 🙂

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ngā mihi nui,

The CNRE PG Committee

Postgraduate study options: Master of Engineering in Management

If you’ve come to the end of your Engineering Degree and you’d like to continue your study, take a look at the The Master of Engineering in Management (MEM). 

The MEM programme at UC gives engineering and science graduates the skills to manage a range of engineering enterprises.

Professional engineering leaders with technical expertise and a broad range of business skills and acumen are needed to address the challenges of managing complex engineering ventures in our increasingly globalised world.

Successful engineering managers are outstanding communicators and team focused achievers who can adapt to rapidly changing high tech environments.

If this sounds like something you’d like to pursue then find out more at www.mem.canterbury.ac.nz or contact a student advisor on engpgdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

UC ENGINEERS EXCEL IN MBIE ENDEAVOUR FUNDING

Three UC engineers have been awarded research funding totalling $11.8 million for the next 3-5 years in the latest round of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Endeavour Funding, announced by Hon Dr Megan Woods today. 

Professors Conan Fee, Shusheng Pang and Mathieu Sellier received funding for research they are leading in the areas of renewable energy and advanced manufacturing. 

See the UC news story here>
Read more about the announcement here>

Professor Conan Fee, School of Product Design, UC Engineering – 3D printed porous media for process engineering ($9,812,550 funded over five years)

This research project will revolutionise manufacturing processes that have only changed incrementally over the last two centuries. Using advances in 3D print technologies, the research programme will develop ways to create structures of complex solid and fluid channel geometric design to deliver heat and mass exchange more efficiently. Work to date shows that 3D-printed triply periodic minimal surfaces (3D-TPMS) offer significant advantages over existing heat exchanger and porous bed designs, but the knowledge gap between engineering science and computational tools required for the design of 3D-printed structures is preventing implementation in real-world applications, which the research programme will address.

Professor Shusheng Pang, Chemical and Process Engineering – Integrated chemical looping and oxygen uncoupling with advanced biomass gasification, for renewable hydrogen production and carbon dioxide capture ($999,999 funded over three years)

This research will develop a new system that combines advanced technology of biomass steam gasification with the capability of Hot Lime Labs for developing new carbon dioxide sorbents and oxygen carrier materials. This research will develop a new process and materials to produce bio-hydrogen and capture carbon dioxide by using New Zealand wood biomass resources from log harvesting and wood processing. The bio-hydrogen produced could be used as transport fuel, a chemical feedstock for methanol, ammonia and oil refineries. At present 95 per cent of hydrogen used in these industries is produced from fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide captured from this process could be used in plant greenhouses, fertiliser manufacturing and methanol or ethanol production.   

Professor Mathieu Sellier, Mechanical Engineering – Development of a multi-axis spin-coating system to coat curved surfaces ($1,000,000 funded over three years)

By developing a system with the capability to spin-coat curved surfaces product developers will have more flexibility in the shapes they can produce. Traditionally, spin coating is achieved by depositing a liquid on the surface and then spinning it off to leave a thin film that will solidify. Non-uniformity of liquid distribution is the biggest challenge to spin-coating curved surfaces. For the first time, Professor Sellier’s Smart Idea will develop optimal flow control algorithms using the theory of Partial Differential Equation and a multi-axis system to achieve uniform distribution of liquid onto a curved surface which will revolutionise the possibilities of product development.