Micro and Nano Systems

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.

A system which could help keep the UK’s lights on and save the energy industry millions has been devised by a group of Heriot-Watt PhD students on a three month multi-disciplinary project.

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.

Dr David Flynn, of ERPE MAnufacturing & Materials theme, has been selected as a finalist in the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2015.

Dr Flynn, Deputy Director of Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISEC) and Heriot-Watt Deputy Director of CDT Embedded Intelligence, was shortlisted under two separate headings, ‘Best Offshore Renewable Energy Innovation’ and ‘Best University Technology’

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.

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The Guardian's Smallword Nanotech reports on interdisciplinary research carried out between ERPE, University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry and private firm Nanoflex Ltd. You can read the full article below and find further links to the research group, the researchers, their work and publications.

A new tool designed to make water births safer and easier and to benefit pregnant women and midwives has been designed by a team from Heriot-Watt, led by Professor Marc Desmulliez, the University of Edinburgh and Loughborough University.

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.

Heriot-Watt Crucible, the highly successful leadership and development programme for research leaders of the future, has been run for the sixth time. Joining researchers from Heriot-Watt on the programme this time were participants from University of Edinburgh, British Geological Survey, Moredun Research Institute and Selex ES.

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) spatial light modulators (SLMs) researched and developed within ERPE and the School of Physics. This team has developed high performance Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal on Silicon (FLCoS) SLMs with industrial companies such as Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD).

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