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Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.

Tuesday 14 October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Ada Lovelace Day Podcast
To celebrate we have developed an Ada Lovelace Day podcast (16 mins) of staff and students sharing stories of STEM women who have inspired them.

Colleagues featured in this recording are:

How do we keep Scotland’s energy supply secure, affordable and sustainable? Can Scotland unilaterally abandon nuclear energy? Should we develop shale?

The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility has opened at Edinburgh University and is the first of its kind in the world.

Research Futures has hosted the first UK national EPSRC Engineering Roadshow for Early Career Researchers at the Postgraduate Centre at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.

Based at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

BGS survey vessel White Ribbon under the Forth Rail Bridge

ERPE partner Institute of Petroleum Engineering

The Institute of Petroleum Engineering was established in 1975 to satisfy the industry's growing requirement for professional petroleum engineers. This was the year in which oil was first produced from the North Sea.

The important ERPE contributions to wave tank design are:

  • Design of absorbing wavemakers [2] for the accurate, controlled generation of waves in test tanks
  • Implementation of a curved tank, with associated computer drive, to make more effective use of small facilities [1]
  • Design and construction of the world's first wave and current test tank facility [3]
Edinburgh Curved Wave and Current Tank Panorama
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