Future space engineers boldly go…

A press release went out today from Heriot-Watt University as we welcome the next generation of space engineers!

 

Project Coordinator, Professor George Goussetis  explained: “This is the start of an extremely interesting but ultimately exciting journey for these PhD students…the REVOLVE project provides them with a unique, multi-disciplinary learning experience to ensure they are industry ready”.

Later this month the team will travel to Toulouse in France to attend the projects annual workshop at Thales Alenia Space. There they will be joined by representatives from the other agencies involved in REVOLVE.

Further information on REVOLVE can be found via @revolve_project and www.facebook.com/revolve.hwu.7

 

A WARM WELCOME TO OUR 7 REVOLVERS!

Cr_NewstartsA warm welcome to our seven new doctoral candidates who have started their programmes as part of the H2020 project REVOLVE. They will spend the next two months at Thales Alenia Space and will be mentored by Hervé Legay from the Research & Technology Department. We very much look forward to hearing more about their time at Thales and in particular, how they meet the challenges inherent in the world of space communications! Updates will follow with regular contributions to this blog by our young researchers…please check back again soon!

Women in Engineering

A new video has been uploaded on the Women in Engineering page!

Dr Rebecca Marr talks about her experience as a civil engineer and researcher within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment undertakes cutting-edge research to deliver technological advances and inform government policy on topics relevant to the global challenges of: climate change; sustainable development; infrastructure deterioration; and personal and national security.

Their research includes the specialist themes of water management; ultra-speed railways; systems, sustainability and society; construction materials and geo-mechanics; and structures. Within these themes our staff possess the expertise and experience necessary to undertake projects ranging from ‘blue skies’ research, through research investigations of innovative technologies, to industry sponsored consultancy projects.

Rebecca’s video can be viewed here.

 

Welcome to REVOLVE Outreach

Juline Legay is presently preparing for her exams for a Business School in France and has created and developed this Outreach Initiative for REVOLVE!

Juline has a strong interest in communication and enjoyed a short internship in the communication department of Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse 4 years ago. This summer, Juline volunteered for a one month internship in Heriot-Watt University, where she worked on outreach activities as part of the Revolve project. She was supervised by Prof. George Goussetis and Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura and during the internship the main focus was on two objectives: Dissemination of the research and space telecommunications activities for kids and finding ways to dismantle the barriers that prevent girls from becoming engineers.

With the assistance of Lynn, REVOLVE Administrator, Juline set up the Revolve Outreach website, developing a website that is more accessible for the younger audience. Juline also created a series of short videos that explain what a satellite is and how it moves in orbit. She included some videos promoting women for engineering along with an additional video of Herve Legay, Technical Director at Thales Alenia Space (France), presenting the Revolve project. Juline also suggested the communication project ‘Space for Kids’, the objective of which is to create a regular link with young pupils throughout Europe and their research team. Some details surrounding Space for Kids and the PhD students have already been presented on REVOLVE Outreach.

The REVOLVE group agree that it will be a great platform to carry out their dissemination activities, and give sense to the scientific adventure! It will be also a great opportunity for the kids to follow our group of researchers, learn more about space, and hopefully encourage them to consider engineering as a vocation. This link could be implemented with the use of social networks and we have planned a competition which will include ludic activities. Juline hopes that this project will interest the wider public and that both the kids and students will be happy to take part in the exciting initiative!!