10th May 2015

May Digibury: IET "Present Around the World" special

Lizzie Hodgson
Digital Strategist

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is taking over Digibury this month to run the Kent heat of the annual Present Around the World competition. Here we give you the rundown on the eight finalists battling it out to be crowned Kent champion tomorrow evening, 7pm at The Gulbenkian.

Finalist #1: Scott Broadley - Multi-parameter Assessment of Speech

Scott is a final year MEng Electronics and Communications Engineer and will be presenting his final year project within the medical electronics field. His team was tasked with modernising an existing system produced by the University of Kent in 1999, which was the first and only system to offer multi-parameter assessment of speech. In his talk, Scott explains the project journey and outcomes of their alternative solution.

Finalist #2: Andrew Bailey - Getting to Space on a Shoestring

Current expendable space launch systems are extremely expensive and unsustainable, as the rockets of today are single-use vehicles. In his presentation, Andrew explores the challenges involved with developing technologies for reusable launch systems, and how, if developed correctly, they can offer a huge reduction in cost per unit mass to orbit compared to conventional methods.

Finalist #3: Daniel Knox - Float Around the World

Satellites are prohibitively expensive to design and launch. Due to the complexity and regulations to launch high altitude balloons, hobbyists have started launching party sized balloons capable of circumnavigating the globe. Dan proposes designing a template model and producing kits that can be used by schools, hacker spaces and amateur enthusiasts, plus a ground station network, that will allow the tracking and downloading of data from payloads on these balloons.

Finalist #4: Nnamdi Nwaudoh - The Need for HVDC Transmission Systems

The world needs more and more energy and we need to find ways of meeting the demand. In this talk, Nnamdi will ague that DC networks supported by HVDC technologies stand out as a viable alternative with an attractive approach for long distance power transmission. The talk will  focus on discussing the advantages of this technology over others whilst considering factors including distance, cost and efficiency.

Finalist #5: Funmilayo Taiwo - Does Online Privacy Exist?

Social media is changing the way we view privacy. As we move more activities online, there is an ever-increasing portion of our lives which is being recorded by corporations and governments. But how much do we understand and how could these records about us be used to our disadvantage, now or any-time in the future? Final Year Computing and Business Admin student, Funmilayo, aims to shed some light on this tricky topic.

Finalist #6: Michael Kenomore - Shale Gas Reservoirs - an overview

Shale gas reservoirs have changed the landscape of the energy industry in the United States, bringing them closer  to self sufficiency for gas. Unsurprisingly, the UK is now also striving to develop its shale gas resources. In his talk, Michael explores the geological and engineering concepts relating to shale gas as well as highlighting the ongoing challenges and developments that the UK faces.

Finalist #7: Abdul Mohammed - Excitation Limiters for Small Synchronous Generators

Mohammed designed an Excitation system that regulates voltage and limits current on a small synchronous generator. His talk will highlight a systematic approach in the design process - from the conceptualising phase to the product realisation stage. The aim of this project was to show a complete design of an Excitation system which includes the design of an automatic voltage regulator, highlighting how the application could also be implemented on any voltage regulatory system.

Finalist #8: Wueseter Agber - New Pipeline Inspection Rover Concept

This talk explores the processes involved in the design and development of a new pipeline inspection rover concept which is capable of going through pipelines with varying radius'. In the presentation, Wueseter will highlight the design requirements that allow the rover’s adjustment mechanism to move through pipes of varying diameters without affecting its drive mechanism as well as hold telemetry equipment.

The judges:

Brian Dury: Chairman of the IET in Kent since October 2014 and Chair of Kent & Medway STEM Advisory Forum.  A member of the IET Kent Committee for six years and previously held the position of Schools Liaison Officer.  Currently retired from full time work, Brian previously spent a career of some 40 years in telecommunications.  He started as an Apprentice and finished as the Programme Owner for developments on the Public Switched Telephone Network, responsible for the delivery of new hardware and software and ownership of a capital budget of some £100m per annum.  When he has some spare time he enjoys cycling and photography.  

Guy Bertrand: IET Council member and previous Chairman of the IET in Kent.

Dr Nathan Gomes: Nathan Gomes is a Reader in Broadband Communications at the University of Kent where he has held an academic post for over 25 years.  He leads the provision of the MEng and MSc programmes in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts and is the IET student counsellor and representative on the Kent Local Network. His research interests are in the convergence of fibre-optic and wireless communications for future mobile networks, and he leads significant EU and national projects in this area.

So join us 7pm tomorrow at The Gulbenkian to find out not only who bags themselves £150, but also who has the chance of representing the UK at international level!