Aerospace PhD in Three Minute Thesis final

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international competition that celebrates exciting research by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases your capacity to effectively explain your research in three minutes, using lay language. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

This year Andres Rivero from the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering made it to the Bristol final with his presentation, ‘Flexible airplanes: achieving higher fuel efficiency by adapting wing shapes during flight’.

New wing, new opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering has invested £19 million+ in a new wing and refurbishment of the Queen’s Building. Building work started in June 2016 and the space opened for teaching September 2017. Since the opening the space has been used extensively to support hands-on teaching, learning and research. It’s also been used to support our outreach and industrial engagement.

The new and improved facilities include:

The Bill Brown Design Suite (flexible 500sq m divisible flat-bed teaching space)
A student focused atrium
New 500 sqm general Engineering Teaching Lab Space,
Lab write up space
New Propulsion Laboratory
The Sonardyne Electrical and Electronic Teaching Laboratory
10 group and study rooms (6 to 25 capacity), Post Graduate office space, New Café and associated study space,
A new entrance and reception desk to help welcome visitors
New technician’s office
2 small meeting rooms
1 project laboratory
1 Thermodynamics research Lab,
1 refurbished UNDT research Lab and associated office space (including state of the art Faraday cage and laser suite)

Watch the new wing being built and see the final building: