Next meeting is Wednesday, 20th February 2013

posted 12 Feb 2013, 13:19 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 14 Feb 2013, 21:00 ]
Venue:
Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE
Townhouse Building – room TH 102      
 
(parking available in the University car-park in front of the Townhouse)
 
Last month we held a very successful “women-oriented evening”; the topics for the first part of this month’s meeting are a bit techy, and a bit “blokey”, but I do hope that we will still get a good number of female innovators in attendance. The second half of the evening sees a lady innovator present a new idea – more details to follow:
 
6.30 – 7.00            Networking                           
 
7.00 – 8.00          Two “motor-vehicle” projects from Kingston University:
 

Roberto Antonio Pace, an innovative engineering post-graduate student at Kingston University, won first place in a high-profile competition run by Autocar in 2012 – see  http://nextgen.autocar.co.uk/ . He will explain his project, what he has done so far – and will be seeking feedback. He says: “The Cylindrical brake system represents the third generation of brake systems after drum brakes and disc brakes. This brake system combines the braking properties of the drum brakes with the lightness and heat dissipation capabilities of the disc brake, bringing consequentialy several increases in the vehicle performances.”

 

Formula Student is a prestigious competition for university students to research, design and build a racing car to established specifications. Run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering this is recognised as the most important competition of its type in Europe. The competition has been running for 15 years and this is the first entry from Kingston University – see http://www.formulastudent.com/home Richard Adofo, the Project manager of the team says: “This is the first year Kingston University e-Racing team is entering in Formula Student and we have the aim of producing a prototype electric car that will become a constant feature at the university. We have spotted the gap in Formula Student with being only one of two UK Universities opting for an Electric Motor Powertrain and we are keen to use this to our advantage”.

 
8.00 – 8.15     Networking break
                                                                      
8.15 – 9.00     New product ideas for analysis and discussion.
 
Gulnur Kaya, a young Architect will show her designs for an innovative hand-bag – she is looking for feedback and advice – not for those petro-heads, maybe, although there may be patent opportunities to discuss.
 
Carlé Scott Gerber, an architect, will present a novel toy concept. She will be looking for feedback, and advice, including manufacturing methods.
 
Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern.
 
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Note the event at excel in 5/6/7th March, for those interested in architecture/building/environment/sustainable building – www.ecobuild.co.uk

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