Pint of Engineering

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20 November 2018 18:30 - 21:00
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Want to learn a pint-sized amount about various sectors of engineering?

Join the NY Young Members as they invite guest speakers to share a pint and unravel the science that affects our daily lives.


Dr. James Chandler - Softer, Smaller, Safer. The Next Generation of Medical Devices?

"As medical devices are beginning to leverage the benefits of technology, from computer vision, to robotics, to AI, their intrinsic complexity is also rapidly increasing. However, the research area of Soft Robotics is looking to supply novel and simpler approaches to certain medical device applications (e.g. keyhole surgery and endoscopy). This talk will discuss some of the current research in this area and how, by overcoming some existing limitations, soft, small and safe devices may find their way into hospitals."

Deanna Sharma - From Waste to Watts: Tackling Food Waste Through Anaerobic Digestion
"The impact that food production can have on the environment is massive and engineers have a part to play in tackling this important issue. In this talk I will explain how waste chocolate can be converted from a tasty treat into renewable energy and clean water. We will explore the engineering principles behind anaerobic digestion (the biological breakdown of material) as well as the impact this technology can have for industry and our community."

Dr. Saurabh Lal - Safety evaluation of orthopedic medical devices
"Joint replacement devices significantly improve the quality of life of patients suffering from arthritis. However, the majority of these devices (e.g. hip and knee replacements) undergo wear and degradation, which reduces their lifespan, especially in younger and active patients. The unintended release of wear products in the surrounding tissues causes adverse biological effects such as toxicity and bone loss, which ultimately lead to implant failure. My research focuses on the safety evaluation of these devices. Novel methods have been developed to allow isolation, characterization and biological evaluation of wear particles and ions produced by the latest generation joint replacement devices."

James Kinch - IoT in Healthcare
"With the ever-decreasing price of electronic manufacturing and a corresponding increase in computing power, we have never been in a better position to use digital technologies to improve human quality of life. But as the adage goes, "with great power come great responsibility", and in the case of connected and smart systems, with it the potential for failure and damage. Fortunately, it's not all doom and gloom; connected systems, otherwise known as the Internets of Things, have enormous potential to improve healthcare, extend life and save money. Join me in a talk where we'll take a brief dive into the world of IoT and get to grips with how it's going to change our world."

Sam McMaster - Tribology and Surface Engineering: The Science of Surfaces
"Tribology is the study of friction, wear and lubrication; this seemingly benign subject has far reaching consequences throughout engineering and science in general. Surface Engineering is yet another field with far reaching applications
that few realize, by working to improve the surface properties of materials by the application of coatings and other techniques we can create material pairings with properties otherwise unachievable by bulk material alone. My work focuses on the characterization of a coating called diamond-like carbon, by combining the disciplines of surface engineering and tribology, the properties of this amorphous thin film can be fully mapped for potential future applications."

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229 Woodhouse Ln
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