Tuesday, December 9, 2008

News: Training engineering leaders for Britain´s future


The University of Sheffield will help train the next generation of science and engineering leaders in five new centres, thanks to major investment by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – the UK funding body for science and engineering. Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson, announced the £250million initiative which will create 44 training centres across the UK and generate over 2000 PhD students. In securing five of the 44 Centres, the University of Sheffield has confirmed its reputation for research excellence in the fields of energy research, metallurgy, nuclear energy and advanced engineering for the water sector. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems will help ensure that the UK remains globally competitive in metal manufacturing. In conjunction with the University of Manchester, the Centre will provide world-class training for a new generation of metals specialists who will work across a range of strategic technology sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, renewable energy and defence. The Sheffield Training in Interdisciplinary Energy Research Centre will provide training across a number of critical areas relating to the environment and sustainable energy. The Centre will combine the knowledge and expertise in all aspects of energy, ranging from solar cells, combustion, transport systems, nuclear power and demand reduction to energy management, environmental issues of waste disposal, the carbon cycle and public perception of energy issues. Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: "Securing funding for five Centres confirms the University of Sheffield´s excellent reputation for engineering research. These Centres will enable us to deliver truly world-class training in line with our aspiration to provide the best research experience for doctoral students and our strategic vision to address global challenges facing society, today and in the future. We believe that graduates from our centres with their mix of technical, industrial and team skills will provide future leaders for UK industry and universities." The University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.


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