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Engenius

By Engenius
This is Engenius, a podcast brought to you by Engineers without Borders Bristol.

At Engenius, we explore the future, by talking with the pioneering engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators of today.

Check out our episodes to meet people whose jobs change the world, in fields as diverse as robotics, energy, aerospace, healthcare, agriculture and the built environment.

We explore their backgrounds, their motivations, and the impact their work will have on our lives, and on our planet.

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Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi,
email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com

Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
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#38 | The Growth of Renewable Energy
Beth and Emma speak to Colin Palmer, a naval architect turned renewable energy engineer, who has been working in the sector since its inception. He has been active in renewable energy since the late 70s, working first on wave energy with Gifford and Partners near Southampton. In 1988 he founded Windcluster Ltd, a wind energy company that financed and built one of the first wind farms in the UK. We heard about how he traversed through the sectors and how he crafted his extraordinary career path. Colin goes on to provide some useful advice for young engineers on how they can achieve their goals in projects they are passionate about.  ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com. Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo. Engenius is brought to you by Engineers Without Borders Bristol. Find out more about our work on our social channels: Instagram: @EWB_Bristol Facebook: fb.com/engineerswithoutbordersbristol
56:09
February 20, 2022
#37 | An Introduction to Transition Engineering
Beth and Emma speak with Daniel Kenning, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Energy Engineer, and Chartered Environmentalist. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the Energy Institute and an Associate of the Institution of Environmental Management and Assessment. Daniel is also the co-founder and Chair of the Global Association for Transition Engineering (GATE), founded in 2014. GATE is a global professional membership association which promotes the engineering that is needed to transition to a completely sustainable world.  In this episode, we discuss how society can transition towards a more sustainable future by changing the way we think about our problem solving strategies. Additionally, we explore the practice of 'Transition Engineering' and why it is vital to securing the future of the planet.  You can learn more about Transition Engineering and Daniel's work at Splendid Engineering by clicking on the links below. GATE: https://transitionengineering.org Splendid Engineering: https://splendidengineering.co.uk #TransitionEngineering ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com. Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
56:32
January 30, 2022
#36 | Intelligent Mobility
Beth and Gabriel speak with Alastair Boswell, a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Associate Director for Intelligent Mobility Schemes for Arup. With over 20 years’ experience in the field, Alastair has worked on a wide range of projects, including a recent role supporting Highways England with their national roll-out of electric vehicle charge points. We discuss both the opportunities and challenges that are on the horizon as we make the switch from Internal Combustion Engines to Electric Vehicles. Additionally, we spoke about autonomous and shared mobility, and the crucial role they will play in helping us move towards a 'zero-carbon' future. To find out more about Arup’s work on Intelligent Mobility visit their website.  ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com. Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
58:50
October 25, 2021
#35 | Gravity Storage on the Road to Net Zero
Harshinee and Beth speak with Miles Franklin, a mechanical engineer with expertise in innovation and sustainable energy. Having previously worked at Dyson, and participated in numerous "appropriate technology" projects in developing countries, Miles' current role is as the Lead Engineer at an Edinburgh-based startup called Gravitricity. Gravitricity develops grid-scale mechanical energy storage technology, which aims to complement hydro power and batteries in solving an age-old problem: how to store electricity. As well as learning about Gravitricity's product and business ambitions, we discuss the central role of energy storage in the journey to net zero, and Miles' experience of working at both large and small companies. To find out more about Gravitricity, head to their website. You can also sign up for a mailing list that provides alerts for new job opportunities at the company here. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com. Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
50:47
May 03, 2021
#34 | The Future of Energy
Emily, Tom and Harshinee speak with John Armstrong, a mechanical engineer by training, current Chief Operating Officer at the British Pipeline Agency, and author of a recent book entitled The Future of Energy. We discuss personal and professional development as an engineer, some major trends in the energy sector, and the energy transition more broadly. We also consider the societal impacts of major shifts in energy generation and usage, and the importance of engaging customers in the process. You can buy John's book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and e-book editions here. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com. Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
53:12
April 19, 2021
#33 | Humanitarian Maps
Seren and Gabriel speak with Antoni Ros Martinez, Program Manager of Disaster Services at Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, which supports global humanitarian action and community development through open map data. Toni has acquired extensive working knowledge of humanitarian action and disaster management in complex environments, while collaborating with many international NGOs. We talk about Toni's past and current projects around the world, including numerous volunteering experiences, and recent work on the UN's vaccine distribution mapping programme. To find out more about Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, head to https://www.hotosm.org/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com. Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
46:12
April 05, 2021
#32 | An Unconventional Career in Renewable Energy
Harshinee, Beth and Ellie speak to Patricia Darez, an Aerospace Engineering graduate from the University of Bristol who is now a successful engineer and leader in the renewable energy sector. After starting her career as a physics teacher, Patricia is now a director of the Chilean Association for Renewable Energies, and Managing Director and partner at 350renewables, a boutique renewable energy consultancy. It is fascinating to hear about her varied career so far, and in particular her insight into being a woman working in STEM, and the challenges and opportunities of managing interdisciplinary teams internationally. To find out more about 350renewables, head to their website.  ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
46:42
March 15, 2021
#31 | From Aeroplanes to Ventilators
Harshinee, Emily and Tom speak with Martin Bolton about his two roles as Head of Assembly at the Airbus Wing of Tomorrow project, and over the past year, assembly lead for VentilatorChallengeUK: one of the UK government's flagship programmes in the fight against COVID-19.  It was fascinating to hear about the ambitious goals of both of these efforts, the similarities and differences between projects operating on vastly different timescales, and what can be achieved by cross-disciplinary teams, united by the common language of engineering. To find out more about innovative projects at Airbus, check out this website (https://www.airbus.com/innovation.html). You can also learn about VentilatorChallengeUK here (https://www.ventilatorchallengeuk.com/) .  ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
41:31
March 01, 2021
#30 | Packaging with a Soul
Harshinee, Beth and Seren speak with Ved Krishna, Strategy Head at Yash Pakka: an India-based paper manufacturing company, which uses agricultural sugar cane waste to create its products. In 2017, Ved launched CHUK, an offshoot of the Yash Pakka brand which specialises in creating 100% home compostable tableware and packaging solutions. With CHUK, Ved aims to provide alternatives to single-use plastic and polystyrene foam, hopefully leading to a healthier and less polluted planet. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Ved about how his products are made and how he draws inspiration from biomimicry in searching for innovative solutions.  To find out more about Yash Pakka, head to https://www.yashpakka.com/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
51:39
February 15, 2021
#29 | Nonlinear Dynamics and Inspiring Young Minds
Tom and Jade speak with Alan Champneys, a Professor of Applied Non-linear Mathematics at the University of Bristol's unique department of Engineering Mathematics. Alan's candid and engaging lecturing style is loved throughout the Engineering faculty, and we talk about this at length in this eclectic conversation. We also cover his technical research and the power of abstract mathematical problem solving, the grand challenges facing engineers of the future, and the importance of open and honest discussion about mental health and wellbeing. To find out more about Engineering Mathematics at Bristol - the UK's top-ranked general engineering programme - head to www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/depa…ing-mathematics/. Following Alan's recommendation, you can watch Tim Minchin's famous graduation speech at youtu.be/yoEezZD71sc. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
54:35
February 01, 2021
#28 | Data and Development at the UN Environment Programme
Seren and Tom speak with Sven Schmitz-Leuffen, an environmental engineer and information management expert at the United Nations Environment Programme. Sven has over 12 years of work experience in 10 different countries, tackling water, sanitation and resource management challenges using Geographic Information Systems. Sven shares stories of working in countries hugely impacted by natural disasters, conflict and climate change, and gives his thoughts on where we should be investing our time today to have the greatest impact in solving these problems. To find out more about the UN Environment Programme, head to www.unep.org/. You can also explore Sven's incredible photography at www.2slphotography.com/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
50:18
January 17, 2021
#27 | Inspiring Women in Engineering
Jade from the EWB Bristol committee chairs a panel event as part of the Inspiring Women in Industry talk series. Our panelists are Amanda Heslop, Chief Design Engineer at Rolls-Royce, Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE FREng, a Royal Academy of Engineering fellow and world authority in renewable energy, and Junshi Wace, a graduate engineer at global consultancy Mott MacDonald. To learn about careers at Rolls-Royce and Mott MacDonald, head to https://careers.rolls-royce.com/united-kingdom and https://www.mottmac.com/careers. You can also read more about Deborah and her research at https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/deborah-greaves. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
36:22
January 04, 2021
#26 | The Global Engineering Mindset
Gabriel, Beth and Seren speak with Nav Sawhney, the founder of The Washing Machine Project and elected trustee of Engineers Without Borders UK. The Washing Machine Project aims to limit the burden of hand washing clothes for people all over the world by creating a single, standalone, off-grid washing solution. In partnership with Oxfam, Nav and his team delivered 50 prototypes in Iraq in 2019, and that was just the beginning. In this episode, Nav speaks of the inspiration behind his project, the prototype development process, and the importance of globally responsible engineering. To find out more about The Washing Machine Project, head to https://thewashingmachineproject.org/. You can also find Nav's recommended podcast, Sheros Club, at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1131440, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sheros-Club-105866024514078/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
45:37
December 17, 2020
#25 | A New Vision for Collaborative Learning
Tom and Harshinee speak with Ilham Said, an aerospace engineering graduate and founder and CEO of Engineer 2 Engineer. E2E is an online platform for engineering students and academics, which enables flexible collaboration and problem solving. The platform has already seen rapid and enthusiastic uptake at the University of Bristol, and as we learn, Ilham has much grander plans for her business in future... To find out more about E2E, head to https://eng2eng.net/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
45:31
December 08, 2020
#24 | Explaining Explainable AI
Beth, Seren and Harshinee speak with Tom Bewley, a PhD student in explainable artificial intelligence at the University of Bristol, and one of the co-founders of this podcast. We learned about Tom's journey from wanting to become an inventor at a young age to studying cutting-edge machine learning as part of his research. Tom talked about how leading the Engenius podcast helped shape his university experience and shared his view on the role of explainability in delivering socially-responsible AI. To find out more about Tom's research and read his latest publications, head to https://tombewley.com/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
36:40
November 30, 2020
Welcome to Engenius Season 3
Beth, Seren, Gabriel, Harshinee and Tom welcome you back to the third season of Engenius, a podcast brought to you by Engineers Without Borders at the University of Bristol. At Engenius, we explore the future, by talking with the pioneering engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators of today. Stay tuned for more exciting conversations through 2020-21! All our past and future episodes can be found all major podcast platforms including SoundCloud, iTunes and Spotify, as well as on our website: https://engeniuspod.org/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
02:09
November 30, 2020
#23 | Going Solo with a High-Tech Startup
Phoebe and Gabriel speak with Maria Hansen, the founder of Bristol-based startup GM Scientific. The company designs and manufactures cutting-edge radiation sensor technology. Our conversation ranges from Maria's motivations and experiences in the first years of her entrepreneurial journey, the conflict between science and pseudoscience in the world of business, and the importance of building a healthy work-life balance. GM Scientific was launched inside the Unit DX 'deep tech' startup incubator. To find out more about Unit DX, head to www.unitdx.com. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
43:02
March 11, 2020
#22 | Crossing Disciplines in an Uncertain World
Phoebe and Jade speak with Professor Rich Pancost, a geochemist, head of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences, and former Director of the interdisciplinary Cabot Institute for the Environment, which explores how we depend on and shape our planet. We talk about the Cabot's value for bringing diverse experts together, some of the key science and statistics of environmental change, and how we should think of the climate issue as a social and ethical one, demanding profound adaptation beyond what can be captured in simple targets. [Note: we unfortunately get some rather dodgy audio in the last 10 minutes of the episode. Please bear with us as there's some great content in there!] To find out more about the Cabot Institute, head to http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
41:49
January 29, 2020
# 21 | Tech Against Terrorism
Gabriel speaks with Tech Against Terrorism research manager Jacob Berntsson about the work the NGO does. Jacob tells us about the UNCTED project to combat terrorism whilst respecting human rights. He also explains how offline factors manifest themselves in the online world, and how smaller tech platforms can struggle to deal with these issues. To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism, head to https://www.techagainstterrorism.org/. Their team also runs a podcast, which you can find by searching for "The Tech Against Terrorism podcast". ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
32:54
January 17, 2020
#20 | Swarm Engineering Across Scales
Seren and Tom speak with Dr Sabine Hauert, an Assistant Professor in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of Bristol. We discuss her work to design and build swarms across scales, from nanobots for cancer treatment to flocks of autonomous drones. We also talk about her outreach work as founder of Robohub.org, and her thoughts on the future of robotics. To find out more about the ongoing research at Sabine's lab, head to hauertlab.com. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
32:19
December 22, 2019
#19 | Energy and Development
Seren and Tom speak with Dr Sam Williamson, a lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bristol, whose research aims to develop renewable energy microgrids using technologies for autonomous energy management and peer-to-peer electricity trading. We discuss the major social and technical challenges of Sam's work, his ideas about the future of energy grids in the UK and abroad, and how he finds motivation in both the UN Sustainable Development Goals and his personal human experiences of working in Nepal. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
38:35
December 15, 2019
#18 | Origami in Space
In the first episode of our third season, Charlotte and Gabriel speak with Dr Mark Schenk, a lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol. Dr Schenk tells us about his career history and current research, which includes engineering applications of origami and collapsible structures, particularly in the domain of satellites and future spacecraft. We also talk about the joy of finding solutions to engineering problems. To find out more about the topics discussed in this episode, check out the following links: - Introduction to origami in engineering (by Veritasium): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThwuT3_AG6w - The properties of Miura-ori, the most common origami fold pattern used in engineering: https://www.cornell.edu/video/itai-cohen-explains-origami-physics - Introduction to tensegrity structures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensegrity Image credit for episode photo: Corrie Macleod. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
32:51
November 09, 2019
#17 | Humanitarian Making
Tom and new co-host Charlotte speak with Andrew Lamb, the former CEO of Engineers without Borders UK and current Global Innovation Lead at Field Ready. Field Ready revolutionises disaster relief by makes essential and life-saving supplies in the field, and on demand. Our conversation went in-depth into Andrew's motivations, career history and proudest moments, discussing some of the most successful and innovative projects that he and his team have worked on. To find out more about field ready, head to https://www.fieldready.org. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
34:05
April 11, 2019
#16 | Buildings for People
Phoebe and Tom speak with Rachael De'ath, a senior structural engineer at Arup, who also lectures part-time at the University of Bristol. In June 2018, Rachael was announced as one of the Telegraph's 'Top 50 Women in Engineering’. We discuss the excitement that Rachael feels when working on projects improve the lives of ordinary people, the skills that engineers learn in industry after their time at university, and her thoughts on the best way to inspire the next generation of engineering leaders. To find out more about how Arup works to shape a better world, head to https://www.arup.com/, and to read about Rachael's prestigious award, check out http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2018/june/25-june-rachael-death-top-50.html. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
29:02
March 04, 2019
#15 | Bristol, Leading the World
Harshinee and Tom speak with James Sterling, the Marketing and Communications Lead for Bristol City Council's Energy Service, and the ideal person to tell us all about Bristol's exceptional commitment to sustainability and renewable energy. We talk about the myriad of projects that have emerged both before and since Bristol's historic 2015 European Green Capital win, the ambitious attitude of local people and businesses that drives city's success, and some of the key engineering technologies that are enabling the transition to a sustainable society. To find out about the Energy Service, head to https://www.energyservicebristol.co.uk/. --- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
37:37
February 25, 2019
#14 | The Programmable City
Phoebe and Tom speak with Julie Snell, the Managing Director of Bristol is Open. Bristol is Open is a joint venture between the City Council and the University of Bristol, which aims to create a world-leading 'programmable smart city'. We learn about Julie's varied career history, during which she has seen the inception of a number of groundbreaking technologies, and how the Bristol is Open framework is having positive impacts in areas as diverse as healthcare, traffic monitoring and harbourside safety. To find out about Bristol is Open, head to https://www.bristolisopen.com. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
48:02
December 12, 2018
#13 | Tech and the Planet
Tom and Jade speak with Professor Chris Preist, a professor of sustainability and computer systems at the University of Bristol. We delve into the oft-overlooked environmental impact of digital technologies such as smartphones and streaming websites, Chris' experience of interacting with decision-makers at the very top of the global media and tech industries, and the how the future of the developing world is fundamentally tied to its relationship with the internet. Chris is affiliated with both the Cabot Institute and the multidisciplinary Systems Centre at the University. To learn more about how Bristol researchers are changing the world, check out: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/research. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
27:35
December 01, 2018
#12 | Protecting Our Coasts
Harshinee and Tom speak with Jess Durdy, a Graduate Engineer in the Flood & Coastal Risk Management team at the Environment Agency. We learned about how volunteering with Engineers without Borders inspired her career choices, how her challenging role involves managing many complex professional relationships, and how flood prevention technologies are adapting to the threat of climate change. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
30:56
November 02, 2018
#11 | Being an Innovator
For the first episode of our second season, Tom speaks with Dave Jarman and Sam Crawley, who both teach at the University of Bristol's Centre for Innovation. We discuss how great ideas emerge and develop over time, common pitfalls of young startups, the unique value of engineers in the design process, and Dave and Sam's hopes for the ability of lean innovation to solve the world's most pressing problems. To find out more about the Centre for Innovation, head to http://www.bristol.ac.uk/innovation/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
51:03
October 26, 2018
End of Season One
Engenius is taking a break over the summer, but we'll be back with more fantastic guests from the end of September! ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
00:37
June 22, 2018
#10 | Life in Aviation
Tom speaks with Loraine McIlree, a systems engineer at Airbus, the manufacturer of commercial airliners. We discuss the trajectory of her career so far and why she has enjoyed it so much, the many exciting developments on the horizon in the aviation industry, and how school students can learn more about whether a job in engineering is right for them. To find out about how Airbus is pioneering how the world flies, head to http://www.airbus.com/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
35:13
June 05, 2018
#9 | Saving the Great Iron Ship
Jade, Insyirah and Tom speak with Nicola Grahamslaw, the newly-appointed ship conservation engineer at the SS Great Britain. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and constructed in Bristol, this majestic iron-hulled ship was the largest passenger vessel in the world at the time of its launch, and sailed the world countless times during a service life of nearly a century. After being left abandoned in the Falkland Islands for decades, the ship was rescued and lovingly restored, and now has pride of place in the Bristol harbourside. In this episode, Nicola recounts the ship's vibrant and storied history, and we discuss the day-to-day challenges she tackles in her unique job, as well as the importance of learning new skills and accepting unusual challenges to prepare for the fast-paced world of the future. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
33:06
May 29, 2018
#8 | Breaking the Code
Phoebe and Tom speak with Ruth Bourne, a former member of the Women's Royal Naval Service who operated mechanical 'bombe' computers at the Bletchley Park codebreaking centre during World War II. Ruth now volunteers at the Park, teaching the public about its incredible history. We discuss what it felt like to be part of a top-secret wartime project, the challenging and strenuous work that Ruth and her colleagues did every day, and the ingenious science behind both the German Enigma code and the machines that eventually broke it. To find out more about Bletchley Park, and book a visit to see surviving machines in action (and perhaps meet Ruth herself!), head to https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
32:41
May 06, 2018
#7 | Hand Crafted
Tom visits the Bespoked tradeshow to speak with Caren Hartley, an award winning bicycle framebuilder and former sculptor who owns two companies which sell beautiful handmade bikes. We discuss the small features that make her bicycles special, the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship, and the value of lovingly handmade products in our mass-produced economy. To find out more about Caren's companies, head to http://www.hartleycycles.com/ and https://www.isenworkshop.com/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
17:31
April 30, 2018
#6 | Change Here Now
Tom and Insyirah speak with Dr James Norman, a lecturer in sustainable civil engineering at the University of Bristol. We discuss James' career as both a designer of iconic buildings and an inspirational educator, and his views on the future of sustainable construction. We also focus on the content of his upcoming book, which aims to teach people about their own capacity to make big changes in their communities and the wider world. Follow James' escapades across his many areas of interest on Twitter, at @JamesLecturer, and his very own record label at @brian_records. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
47:57
April 21, 2018
#5 | Electric Everything
Tom and Jade speak with Dr Jason Yon, who has held a number of research and teaching posts at the University of Bristol since gaining his MEng and PhD here. Jason's work focuses primarily on building green electrical systems for aerospace and automotive applications, but covers a broad range of multidisciplinary topics including renewable energy generation. He also serves as Faculty Advisor to the Bristol Electric Racing Formula Student team. We discuss the technical questions that Jason grapples with in his work, the challenges facing Formula Student teams and electric vehicles in general, and the potential of renewable energy microgrids as a 'leapfrogging' technology for developing countries. To find out more about the UK Formula Student competition, head to www.imeche.org/events/formula-student. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
34:23
March 30, 2018
#4 | Robot Planes and the Future of Learning
Tom, Georgiana and Jade speak with Dr Steve Bullock, an aerospace researcher, teaching fellow and Widening Participation Officer at the University of Bristol. We discuss Steve's technical research into building robot aircraft that can refuel themselves in mid-air, what the future of engineering education may look like, the challenges of improving diversity in the field, and SpaceX's bold plans for our multi-planetary future. Prior to embarking on his PhD, Steve was school science teacher, and he is passionate about bringing more talented into the profession. To find out more about careers in teaching, head to https://www.teachfirst.org.uk. Steve is also the host of the Cosmic Shed, a fantastic podcast about science fact, science fiction and everything in between. Give them a listen at www.thecosmicshed.com. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
49:31
March 30, 2018
#3 | The Bridgemaster
Tom and Phoebe speak with Trish Johnson, a chartered civil engineer and Bridgemaster at the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. We discuss the varied nature of Trish's work, the suspension bridge's illustrious history and hidden secrets, and the importance of role models in widening participation in engineering. To find out more about the Clifton Suspension Bridge, head to https://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
31:12
March 22, 2018
#2 | A New Way to Keep Things Cool
Tom speaks with Ian Tansley, designer, founder and CTO at Sure Chill, a Cardiff-based company developing a unique new cooling technology with the power to impact on people and business around the world. We discuss the trajectory of Ian's career, the origin of the Sure Chill technology, and his thoughts on the nature of innovation and convincing people to accept big ideas. To find out more about Sure Chill, head to http://www.surechill.com/ ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
37:28
March 20, 2018
#1 | Sustainable Custom Homes for Everybody
Tom, Jade and Insyirah speak with Mat Mew, a design engineer and the founder of Huxlo, a small company which designs and builds bespoke wooden furniture. Huxlo has big plans for the future, to transition into building entire custom homes that are sustainable and low cost. We discuss the past, present and future of Huxlo, the benefits of the company's unique design and build process, and Mat's experience of life as an engineer-entrepreneur. To find out more about Huxlo, head to https://www.huxlo.co.uk/ [Apologies for the background noise in the second half of this episode - hopefully it shouldn't distract too much from the conversation!] ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by @yemzo.
37:14
March 16, 2018
Welcome to Engenius
Tom, Insyirah and Jade welcome you to Engenius, a brand new podcast brought to you by Engineers without Borders Bristol and recorded at the Burst Radio studios. At Engenius, we explore the future, by talking with the pioneering engineers of today. Listen to our upcoming episodes to meet people whose jobs change the world, in fields as diverse as robotics, energy, aerospace, healthcare, agriculture and the built environment. We'll explore their backgrounds, their motivations, and the impact their work will have on our lives, and on our planet. We've already recorded a few episodes and have plenty more in the pipeline to upload every week, so be sure to send us plenty of feedback, share with friends... and stay tuned. ---- Engenius is produced by a team of engineering students at the University of Bristol. To ask a question, submit an idea, or just say hi, email us at engeniuspodcast@gmail.com Intro/outro music kindly provided by https://soundcloud.com/yemzo.
01:16
March 13, 2018