27 July 2012
Sharing stories of Imperial's community
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27 July 2012
16 July 2012
The major redevelopment of South Kensington’s Exhibition Road was officially unveiled this February but has it succeeded in achieving its goals? Professor Michael Bell, Chair in Transport Operations (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and lead consultant on the traffic monitoring project, shares his insights.
4 May 2012
By course attendee Dr Karl Smith, Research Associate (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Delivering presentations is increasingly becoming a standard part of job interviews. My research contract is nearing its end, so I’m currently immersed in the job application and interview process. My key aspiration was that this course would help to maximise my recruitment prospects.
I received some very constructive feedback on how I could address the weaker aspects of my presentation approach and delivery. Watching and, moreover, critiquing the other attendees’ practice presentations gave me a strong grasp of what should engage an assessment panel.
A crucial element was that each presentation was filmed. Consequently, we could watch video playbacks of our performances: this gave us a revealing insight into our individual tics, some of which were shown to be alarmingly distracting. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to fellow postdocs pursuing gainful future employment.
16 March 2012
On 13 February, staff who marked 20, 25 and 30 years of service to Imperial in 2011 attended a reception hosted by the Deputy Rector, Professor Stephen Richardson. Principal Research Fellow Alison Ahearn (Civil and Environmental Engineering), pictured, who started at the College in 1991, attended the event at 170 Queen’s Gate and shares her story of joining Imperial.
26 January 2012
On 5 December 2011, the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Lab ran an acetabular (hip joint) science and technology workshop on the Charing Cross Campus. The event involved Professor Justin Cobb (Surgery and Cancer) and Mr Derek McMinn, an orthopaedic surgeon from BMI Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham, who discussed clinical applications and associated issues of hip surgery, with five companies and 20 trainees, attending to develop their surgical knowledge.
28 November 2011
15 November 2011
Professor Michael Bell, Professor of Transport Operations (Civil and Environmental Engineering), was honoured by the Italian Society of Transportation Scholars (SIDT) at their annual conference in Venice on 7 October.
He was invited to be an Emeritus Member of SIDT. Professor Bell has contributed to a wide range of research projects focussed on developing transport networks, including evaluating the impact of congestion charging in London and working on a Swiss national travel model of Toronto.
14 November 2011
Professor David Gann has become the new Deputy Principal (Research and Business Engagement) of the Business School, taking on responsibility for developing the Business School’s research strategy and building link with business and industry.
20 July 2011
Professor Nick Buenfeld (Civil and Environmental Engineering) has become a new Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering – he is among 59 new Fellows from around the world to be recognised this month.
Professor Buenfeld, who will take over from Professor David Nethercot as Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2011, was recognised by the Academy for his research and consultancy work with industry on concrete structures, including bridges, tunnels, drydocks, offshore structures and major public buildings, focused on making them more sustainable, reliable, safe and durable.
Speaking about his award Professor Buenfeld said: “I feel very fortunate to be elected a new Fellow by an institution that plays such a vital role in advancing engineering in the UK and abroad. I am indebted to the excellent students and research assistants I have worked with over the years, who have helped to make this honour possible. This recognition is a pat on the back for my technical contributions in the fields of concrete technology and structural engineering. It also comes at a time when I am about to take on a new challenge, where my focus will move away from my own research to fostering excellence in the Department, building on the good work already done to provide an environment where students and staff can excel.”
Professor Jeff Magee, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, adds: “Nick’s research ensures that these infrastructures, which we rely on so heavily, will be safe and last for years to come. I am delighted to hear that he has been made a new Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. It is an honour that is well deserved.”
— Colin Smith, Communications and Development
20 July 2011
Dr Arnab Majumdar, Lecturer and Director of the Lloyds Register Education Trust Transport Risk Management Centre, researches transport safety and risk for the public good in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He spoke to Reporter about helping a major airline improve passenger and crew safety.
9 June 2011
A greener cat litter has been developed by Imperial researchers, in partnership with a leading pet product supplier. Currently, the biggest-selling cat litter products are primarily made from clay minerals, such as bentonite and sepiolite, mined and imported from quarries in Mediterranean countries. The products have a significant carbon footprint and high product miles because they have to be transported over long distances.
9 June 2011
Two second year undergraduates have received Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Best Programme.
15 April 2011
Quotes from Imperial academics who provided expert opinions as the Japanese crisis unfolded.
Sky News 11.03.11
Professor Gerry Thomas (Surgery and Cancer), Director of the Chernobyl Tissue Bank at Imperial College London, explained why authorities were preparing to distribute iodine to protect people from radioactive exposure. “The thyroid actually takes up iodine to make the thyroid hormones. It remains in the gland and the tissues in the thyroid,” she said. Explaining why people in the affected area of Japan were being encouraged to take iodine, she added: “It is important to get stable iodine into the thyroid gland to prevent the uptake of radioactive iodine” but noted, “It is extremely unlikely there will be a significant release (of radioactive iodine from the Fukushima plant).”
The Engineer 11.03.11
Julian Bommer, Professor of Earthquake Risk Assessment (Civil and Environmental Engineering), explained that nuclear power stations are built with earthquakes in mind. “Geohazards are a key criteria when siting a nuclear power station – plants are very unlikely to be built on soft or unstable soil. Then there will be a very detailed assessment of the potential seismic hazard – in other words, the probability of different levels of ground shaking at the site.”
ABC Australia 17.03.11
Professor Robin Grimes, Director of the Imperial Centre for Nuclear Engineering (Materials), explained to presenter Tony Jones what worried him about the design of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that made it particularly vulnerable to this kind of accident. “There are a number of things that would not be able to pass a safety inspection for a new reactor at the moment and one is the idea that they have this large condensing ring, this doughnut-shaped thing that we’ve been hearing about, which is actually outside the containment vessel. In a modern design, anything to do with a reactor in which the primary circuits are concerned would have to be within a very strong containment vessel. The containment vessels have actually done very well, despite the fact this is a 40 year-old reactor. It’s this doughnut-shaped exterior structure that seems to have failed in a couple of cases to some extent.”
31 March 2011
Dr Bijan Aalami (PhD Civil Engineering 1967) is an expert in the field of concrete building design, bridges, special structures and post tensioning. This week, he returned to Imperial to share his knowledge with civil engineers taking part in a three-day professional development course on post tensioning, design and construction.