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Students showcase pioneering projects.

Engineering students showcase innovative projects at the University of South Wales.

Jack Scammell with his Etch-a-Sketch Autonomous cars, a self-balancing robot and a computer controlled Etch-a-Sketch were just some of the projects engineering students showed off to potential employers at the University of South Wales’s annual Engineering Showcase event. Other projects on display included an energy storage solution for domestic solar photovoltaic panels and wind simulation software for use in the renewable energy sector.

Creating important links

The showcase, supported by the likes of the IET, the Institution of Lighting Professionals and Renishaw PLC, provides an excellent opportunity to hear about the challenges facing industry, network with professionals working in the sector, and see first-hand the impressive range of final year projects being designed and developed by the students. “The link between academia and the commercial engineering sector is fundamental,” says Michael Stevens, Airbus UK’s Head of International Market Development and USW honorary, who gave a keynote speech as part of the event. “The core of our engineering capability will come through universities that invest in events like this engineering showcase. They allow engineers of the future to develop and allow industries like ours to influence those engineers. This is a really exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their talents to potential employers,” continues university Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Langton. “We have the largest engineering provision in Wales and part of that provision is to develop our students to make sure that they are ready to be employed when they leave. At the showcase our students are demonstrating to employers that they have those essential skills and experience. Many of our previous students hold major positions in some of the largest engineering companies in Wales and beyond. Our hope is that [these] undergraduates will be able to follow in their footsteps.”

The winner

A number of awards were handed out by sponsors of the showcase to students whose projects caught their eyes. Electrical and electronic engineering student Jack Scammell was one of the winners thanks to his computer-controlled Etch-a-Sketch. “The showcase is one of the most important things on my course,” he says. “It’s good to get your name out there and to show that you have the skills employers need. It’s good to talk to them at their level of understanding as well.”