Bioengineering

Heriot-Watt University has been awarded one of six research grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in partnership with a consortium of 14 leading food and drink companies.

After months of hard work from pupils and engineers alike, the ‘Small- Plumbing’ project, led by ERPE, came to an end with an illustrious awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. All the attendees enjoyed an inspirational talk from Lucy Ackland, winner of the 2014 Women’s Engineering Society Prize.

Dr Will Shu and his Bioengineering team have demonstrated their 3D stem cell printer at the Science Museum in London, as part of the Museum’s Lates programme - a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change.

ERPE alumna Dr Suzanne Costello, who studied for both her Physics undergraduate degree and her Engineering doctorate at Heriot-Watt, has been elected Chair of the UK chapter of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS); the first woman to hold the role.

School pupils from Inverkeithing High School and Liberton High School have been designing structures of the size of one single human hair to solve current engineering challenges.

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:

On Friday 26 September, a host of Heriot-Watt academics and students took the opportunity to share their research with the public at the Explorathon - Scotland's first European Researchers' Night.

Dr Melanie Jimenez demonstrates water purification with lego and magnets.

Last week, 17 year old Tanya Khumalo from Gracemount High School joined Dr Helen Bridle as part of the Equate Scotland CareerWISE programme, which aims to encourage more girls to consider SET careers through work experience. Science, engineering and technology (SET) are vital to Scotland’s future yet many women are not entering these sectors.

Heriot-Watt University will be the site of one of two unique new centres which will form the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).

IBiolC has raised a total of £2.7m to establish two bioprocessing centres that will contribute towards its aim to generate at least £1bn GVA for the Scottish economy by 2025.

Dr Adam A. Stokes from the ERPE Scottish Microelectronics Centre has been appointed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.

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.

Launching Synthetic Aesthetics at the V&A Friday

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of our book,Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature at the at the V&A Friday Late: Synthetic Aesthetics at London's Victoria and Albert Museum on Friday 25 April, 18:30 to 22:00.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, paid a visit to Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus to visit cutting-edge laboratories and hear about research projects, as part of the Common Purpose CSC Leaders programme.

Research Aims

Our aim is to research and develop innovative diagnostic, therapeutic and real-time monitoring biomedical devices and technologies.

Research Challenges

The main research initiatives in Bioengineering can be split into three key areas:

Dr Jane Blackford, Snow and Ice Research

The objectives of the institute are to carry out world-class research on the design, synthesis, processing, properties and applications of materials, to develop relevant research tools, and to provide high quality training in research for both postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

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