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Cambridge University opens Dyson Centre for engineering design

Published: Thursday, 12 May 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Cambridge University has opened a new advanced engineering facility which will provide space and equipment for academics and students to collaborate and develop prototypes.

The centre, which is funded by the James Dyson Foundation, owned by billionaire founder of a gadget empire Sir James Dyson, cost £8 million to build and now houses specialised scanners, lasers, routers and printing machinery.

More than 1,200 engineering students will be able to use the facility, with the design of the building made to ensure a more collaborative approach is taken towards developing ideas.

Linked to the design centre is a four-storey building for engineering that will be home to postgraduate engineers, named the James Dyson Building for Engineering.

The building will see work carried out on the examination of advanced materials, electric vehicles, efficient internal combustion systems and smart infrastructure.

It is also kitted out with fibre-optic sensors in the foundation piles, floor sections and concrete columns that will deliver live data, subsequently turning the structure into a continuous experiment.

Future of engineering

The building is expected to lead to some of the best young engineers at Cambridge now having the technology and equipment needed to create technological breakthroughs that will transform how we live.

Solving engineering challenges requires collaborative thinking according to Sir James, and the new building will bring together researchers from various disciplines along with industrial practitioners that can benefit cities, energy systems and transportation.

The hi-tech centre is expected to be a real lure for talented new students, with Dr David Cardwell, who is head of engineering at Cambridge, claiming that if any graduate was undecided about attending then the new centre will make their mind up.

Alongside the building at Cambridge, Sir James also runs the Mary Dyson scholarship, which provides £2,500 to help with costs for four female engineering students. Within Dyson, the company founded by Sir James, around 20% of engineers are female.

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