The University of Brighton’s new £14 million Advanced Engineering building will be officially opened today at an event which celebrates the role of women in engineering.
The Advanced Engineering Building is a state-of-the-art facility which supports both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research and which houses the Advanced Engineering Centre which has an international reputation for producing innovative, future-facing research into complex engine combustion processes and laser-based measurement techniques, fundamental modelling and computational simulation
More recently the centre has also focused on the development of a novel hybrid heat pipe system that could revolutionise the way that heat transfer is managed in everything from satellites to electric cars and which is scheduled to be tested on board the International Space Station
University of Brighton vice chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris said: “The Advanced Engineering Building is opening in our 25th year as a university.
“It is a great addition to our facilities and an inspiring environment for the next generation of engineering students and researchers. The University is extremely grateful to all of those bodies whose generous support has made all of this possible.”
The building will be officially opened by Benita Mehra, president of the Women’s Engineering Society who also delivering a distinguished lecture Women in Engineering from the early twentieth century until the present day.
She said: “Investment in such a fantastic building only aides the development of individuals and the UK as being an innovator for the future.”
The building was developed with financial support from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Higher Education Funding Council and in partnership with Shoreham-based Ricardo UK, the Shoreham-based global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy and specialist manufacturer. The Wolfson Foundation have also supported the building with a £500k grant for state-of-the-art equipment.