Technical Trip to Whitelee Windfarm from SP's Alasdair Clapperton
Eight EME students recently attended a technical trip to Whitelee Windfarm – the largest of its kind in the UK – as Scottish Power Renewables kindly let us tour their facility. The tour involved a short drive around the scenic site before a walk and chat to Alasdair from the Scottish Power team. Our students found out plenty of interesting facts about the windfarm itself and managed to get some great insight into its daily operation. They also discovered some of the challenges a windfarm faces and what the future might hold for wind energy in the UK in the coming years. The students in attendance found it to be a particularly useful trip and realised a greater interest in wind energy and renewables. The EME Society would like to thank Scottish Power Renewables - and especially Alasdair - for the tour and learning opportunity."
Technical Trip at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre
The EME Society recently ran a technical trip in which 30 of our members had the opportunity to visit and receive a tour of the PNDC (Power Networks Demonstration Centre). The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is a venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy aimed at accelerating the adoption of novel research and technologies into the electricity industry.
The trip started with a talk from a power engineer (who was previously an EME student at Strathclyde) where he spoke about the PNDC and the challenges that face the power industry today. Then students were then split into smaller groups and received a tour of the facility from other power engineers. During the tour, students had the opportunity to experience engineering beyond the classroom - they saw real 11kV and LV distribution networks, which are flexible with the ability to vary voltage, frequency and perform disturbance testing in a controlled environment.
Overall, this was an invaluable experience for the students as many of them are interested in pursuing a career in power engineering or research in power after their undergraduate course.
Third year student Andy Seaton, who attended this technical visit commented:
“The technical trip was amazing! My eyes were opened to a scope of innovation in the electrical engineering field. I learned so much from the engineers - also, I now feel more prepared for some interviews I have with power engineering companies as I have a lot more to talk about now!”
The EME Society would like to thank PNDC for their wonderful hospitality and a valuable learning experience.
Jack Ferrans 1st Year Rep on Day 0
16 September 2016
On our first induction into university the current year reps for EME society held a short presentation about the society. Myself and others signed up as it seemed a great thing to be a part of. Next we were informed about a pub quiz being held in their sponsored pub “The Ark” later on that day.
Myself and a few other new friends attended and we were automatically welcomed by the committee. We were introduced to; all year reps, the Treasurer, the Vice President and President of the society. We were the first of the new freshers to arrive but quickly many other new faces arrived and quiz teams were naturally formed.
The quiz was a great success and our team of all freshers won! As a reward our team was given two pitchers of cocktails! This was a great social event to be a part of, not only did we have fun (and have a few beers) it was a great chance to network. I am now on a social basis with students in second, third and forth year who are happy to help or answer any queries about the course as they have all done it before. Furthermore the people I hang around with daily were those met at the quiz! Overall a great day and event to be involved in.
EME Committee 2014 - 2015 Summary
21 June 2015
Over the last year we've held 15 events for our members, ranging from technical visits to sports tournaments, nights out to careers events. This totals to an attendance of over 1500 over all of our events, including guests from MAE, DMEM and Chemical Engineering. The breadth of our events and engagement with our membership led to the society winning the USSA STAR Awards Best Course Related Society of the Year while being shortlisted for three other categories.
As the 2014 - 2015 President, it has been my pleasure to work with the different committee members, faculty staff and sponsors - proving the adage that a committee chair is only as good as his committee. I wish the next committee all the best with their endeavours, congratulations to the graduated class of 2015 and all the best to the EME students with time left to serve.
All the best,
President 2014 - 2015
EME Strathclyde Engineering Faculty 5-a-side Tournament
22 April 2015
The EME Society hosted their first Strathclyde University Engineering Faculty 5-a-side football tournament. Thirteen teams entered the tournament, played at Powerleague Glasgow, from Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME), Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Design and Manufacture Engineering Management (DMEM) and Chemical Engineering (CE).
Within 3 hours in the Glasgow heat and sunshine, 13 teams were reduced to one winner of £50 after a gruelling group stage and play-off and knockout rounds. The quarter finals and semi-finals contained two nerve-racking penalty shootouts before Team 13, captained by Brandon Longcake of DMEM, won the final 4-0 over Team 9, captained by Scott Simpson also of DMEM.
EME Women In Engineering Afternoon Tea
25 March 2015
On Wednesday the 25th March, the EME society held its first ever girls only event. A total of 19 girls from all year groups in EME as well as 2 graduates gathered for a relaxed Afternoon Tea in the Millenium Hotel. It was a great chance to network with other girls in the course as well as enjoy some delicious scones and cakes. The event had a very successful turnout and we hope that there will be many more girls’ events in the future.
21 March 2015
After winning the IET On Campus More Energy competition the EME Society decided to organise a day of paint-balling for its members to maximise the number of students that could attend. On the 21st of March, 38 students took part in 4 hours of paintball activities including 'Hold the Fort', 'Capture the Flag' and 'Attack the Warehouse'.
The groups were split into three teams:
- No Armbands: 1st, 4th and 5th years.
- Blue Armbands: 3rd year
- Yellow & Black Armbands: 2nd Year.
With some great weather and difficult terrain eventually the blue team came out on top having won each of the three activities over the four hours.
Once again the Society would like to thank IET On Campus for running the IET On Campus More Energy competition and for their support that made this event possible!
Glasgow Central Behind the Scenes Tour
18 March 2015
On Wednesday the 18th of March, 20 students from EME took part in a behind the scenes tour of Glasgow Central Station. Vic McLaughlin, our Network Rail tour guide, gave an engineering insight into the station's evolution since it first opened in 1879. Since then, the station has grown from 8 to 15 platforms and has seen its fair share of history. On the concourse, we were told about the stations remodelling and expansion over the last 100 years, the gas explosion that damaged two platforms and the "cursed" platform 9 that had a series of derailments that was eventually linked to a slight bend in the line and was straightened by engineers, with no derailments since.
Unfortunately we weren't able to go on the roof due to engineering work but Vic pointed out that it is possibly the worlds largest glass roof with over 48,000 panes giving it an area of almost 3 square miles. The tour group got to see the Royal Mail areas and the history of the train that left Central Station and was targeted by the Great Train Robbery.
As the group moved further underneath the station, the old warehouses that fed the growing city of Glasgow were shown and details of the village of Grahamston that was demolished to make way for the station. The last sections of the tour highlighted some novel Victorian solutions to vibrations in the steel structure and the old railway that serviced the east and west ends of Glasgow that has been closed since the 1960s.
From storing food and coal to transporting people and equipment Glasgow Central has played a key part in history of our city and in the continuing evolution of engineering - with Glasgow once being at the very epicenter of the engineering world.
EME Christmas Happy Hour
16 December 2014
On Tuesday 16th December, the EME Society hosted its first Christmas Happy Hour. This was to allow EME students from different year groups to put on their favourite Christmas jumpers and mingle over some mince pies. The Happy Hour was particularly aimed at first years that may not have been able to attend other social events.
The event was a success with over 50 students across all year groups relaxing to the “semi-Christmassy” playlist. Not only did we wrap up the final week of the semester with some festive fun, but there were also a few birthdays in the Committee that were celebrated in true cake and candle style.
We hope to put on a similar event next semester, with theme to be decided. So let us know if you have any ideas, and thanks again to all for coming along!
PNDC Technical Visit
3 December 2014
On Wednesday 3rd December 29 students from EME, CES and EEE took part in a technical visit to the PNDC – a world class technology accelerator facility and the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The PNDC, located just outside of Glasgow, facilitates research and development into cutting edge technologies for the electrical transmission, distribution and generation sectors. What differentiates the PNDC from other facilities is its ability to induce a large number of network faults quickly; both phase to ground and phase to phase at any point in the network – this is a key ability that allows new technologies to be trialled and extensively tested in a short time frame.
The end result of all this is a vastly reduced time to market from 3-4 years to a matter of months and massively reduced iteration cycles for industrial customers. The students were given an extensive tour around the facility including the low voltage laboratory, the 11 kV transmission network (overhead and underground), the in-feed transformers and the switchgear employed on the site giving them real world, tangible experience of equipment frequently discussed in their university classes.
EME 5-a-side Tournament
26 November 2014
On Wednesday the 26th of November, eleven teams came together to compete in the EME Society 5-a-side tournament. The teams were formed from students studying Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME), Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). After two hours of fast paced 10 minute games, the top two teams from each group competed to determine the winner. As they reached the end of the semi-final, penalty shootouts determined who would progress. Eventually Team 2 won the tournament formed by students from EME and MAE.
EME Careers and Beers
13 November 2014
This year the EME Society decided to try something different for careers networking. Our first Careers and Beers brought together eight companies for three hours of "speed dating" networking with 70 students from the Electronic & Electrical, Mechanical & Aerospace and Chemical & Process Engineering departments at Strathclyde. Companies that supported this event included Atkins, BP, Aggreko, Scottish Power, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Selex ES, FMC Technologies and BAE Systems.
The feedback from both students and the attending companies has been very positive with most confirming that they would like to attend again in the future. Some of that feedback is highlighted below from:
"The EME Society Careers and Beers night offered an opportunity to promote the graduate and industrial placement opportunities that BAE Systems has to offer; allowing us to gather the feedback, opinions and perspectives of current students. One particular positive was the strong turn-out of students in the early to middle years of their degrees. This event allowed an informal and relaxed forum for these students to start exploring their career options and to build valuable contacts within potential employers.
The Careers and Beers night is a highly enjoyable opportunity to engage with all year groups of the current student community that I’d be happy to support again in the future." - Gordon McKinstry, BAE Systems
“The EME Society Careers and Beers night presented a great opportunity for students to network with companies in an informal and relaxed environment. A highly worthwhile event which allowed Aggreko to showcase opportunities, gain insight from students and connect with the talented engineers of the future” - Alistair Morison, Aggreko
A special thanks to all those involved and for Revolution Glasgow for hosting the event.
EME Technical Trip to CERN
20 October 2014
Every year the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) degree has tried to broaden the industrial and engineering site exposure of the undergraduate students through various technical trips. These trips are not only great opportunities to convince prospective high school students to do an engineering degree but, can also convince them to pursue an engineering career.
Technical visits like this one can remind undergraduate students why engineering is a worthwhile career and possibly why they chose their engineering degree in the first place! With the aim of organising an inspirational, once in a lifetime technical trip, CERN was chosen.
CERN or the European Organization for Nuclear Research employs physicists and engineers who utilise particle accelerators and other complex scientific instruments to probe the fundamental structure of the universe. Also known as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, the particle colliders used by CERN accelerate the particles to the speed of light. This process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
Thanks to sponsorship from the university, institutions, charities and industry; any financial barriers that would stop some students from applying were removed.
We arrived in Switzerland on Sunday the 24th of August and wanted to maximise both the cultural and technical elements of the trip. For most of us, this was our first time in Switzerland and we wanted to experience Swiss culture. This involved sightseeing, Swiss chocolate and exploring the “old town” of Geneva.
The technical visit involved an introduction lecture that highlighted the basics of particle physics and the history of CERN. After that we made our way to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) B cavern for a tour of the underground facilities. 105 meters below the surface we got to see the LHCb collider and the Delphi collider. These impressive pieces of technology highlight the complex nature of the work carried out at CERN.
All of the students involved on the trip were able to experience a multinational engineering environment and we all gained a greater appreciation of the cutting edge technologies and research carried out at CERN while expanding our knowledge about particle physics and the practical applications of such research.
Mark Goudie, a final year EME student and the organiser of the trip had this to say:
“This experience has helped to improve my organisational skills, communication skills and has given me a healthy respect for travel agents. CERN was humbling with the complexity of the engineering involved and really opened our eyes. Another revelation was the heavy involvement of students and young engineers in the construction and design of equipment at CERN; this caught most of the group by surprise. Overall it has been a once in a lifetime trip for the students and although I cannot speak for the others: It has reaffirmed my decision to continue engineering as a career.”