Social Responsibility

Students making a difference with final year projects

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:46:00 BST

Final year undergraduate students in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering have completed their final year projects, working in areas that could make a difference to the lives of many in the future.

MEng final year students from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering have created an instrumented training wheelchair suite with the aim to “address the performance training gap between able-bodied athletes and Paralympic athletes”.

The training suite, which can record many different parameters during the athlete’s training session, was designed for the Stockport Wheelchair Racing Team and was recently demonstrated for the University's President and Vice-Chancellor, Dame Professor Nancy Rothwell by the team’s youngest member, 11 year-old Anya Waugh.

Mechanical Engineering student Aurora Tjernshaugen has been looking into using additive manufacturing to 3D print chocolate. Aurora’s project aimed to “give an overview of food printing” and “demonstrate the practical complications of using food products in the 3D printing process”. Despite these complications, Aurora strongly believes that the 3D printing of food could change food manufacturing following further research in the coming years.

We wish these students, and all students graduating this year, the best of luck in the future.

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