What we're about

This is a group for anyone in the wider Cambridge area, interested in new technology and engineering developments. The group is supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is open to anyone interested in engineering and technology and all professional members of the IET. Events and lectures are held during the academic year at the Cambridge University Engineering Department and other venues. A stand is taken at the Science Festival and occasional day trips are organised to engineering venues. You are most welcome to attend any or all of the advertised events.

Upcoming events (4)

Online Event. Next Generation Solutions for Electrical Grid Monitoring

Emerging social trends such as the widespread deployment of small-scale solar installations, the adoption of electric vehicles and changing patterns of power generation are putting immense pressure on the UKs electrical grid infrastructure. In order to invest efficiently and minimise consumer bills, the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are in a race to upgrade, maintain and replace infrastructure as our demand for energy grows. Under an Innovate UK grant, 42 Technology opened discussions with 5 DNOs to discover why smart metering of the grid is not being widely adopted. This revealed that the major factors came down to the cost of meters and long disruptions in service during installation. To overcome these problems 42 Technology designed and tested a novel retrofittable low cost secondary substation monitor called ‘FuseOhm’. FuseOhm is a fraction of the cost and takes a fraction of the time to install compared to existing solutions. This presentation will look at how 42 Technology built their FuseOhm substation monitor and walks through the steps they are taking to make the smart grid a reality. Richard Prudence is an Electronics Engineer and one of the technical leads on the FuseOhm Project. 42 Technology is a Cambridge based technical consultancy focused on solving complex engineering problems and developing next generation products (https://www.42technology.com/). The Meetup Zoom link facility can be unreliable and not always work. A working Zoom link will be sent via the Meetup message system. Full details are at https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/229/10/25632

Online Event - What's So Interesting about 5G?

Online event

The progression from 2G to 4G cellular systems has been dominated by the delivery of mobile data … and then more mobile data. Plans for 5G extend the ‘more data’ theme, but also set expectations for greater reliability, lower latency and higher user capacity. So, in a world with no free lunches, how are these seemingly conflicting ambitions resolved? This talk provides a brief introduction to cellular systems and the distinctive performance goals of the 5G system before setting out the ways in which 5G differs from its predecessors. This will include a look at both the network architecture and the ‘New Radio’ millimetre-wave air interface. The talk will conclude with a review of current deployment status, and predictions of what we can expect from 5G by when. Steve Baker MEng CEng MIET works in TTP’s (The Technology Partnership, Melbourn) wireless comms group. He has spent 30 years in the wireless industry, developing technologies, products and businesses that have delivered test systems, radios, protocols stacks and application platforms for mobile phones. To make a booking to attend this event, please use Meetup or go to: https://localevents.theiet.org/e90bdb Open to everyone. Joining details will be emailed nearer to the date of the event.

Online Event - Aircraft Electrification

Online event

The aeronautical industry is undergoing a transformation to address the demands from our society to reduce its environmental impact. More specifically, there is a drive to eliminate emissions and noise pollution from airports near urban areas. One approach pursued by most small and large aircraft manufacturers is the electrification of aircraft systems, from propulsion and distribution to actuation. By removing fuel and hydraulic systems, and some parts of the pneumatic and mechanical systems, aircraft become more efficient and reliable. However, some challenges remain and full electrification is likely to come in stages as technologies evolve and mature. In the short term, actuation systems are likely to become fully electric, whilst propulsion systems are likely to take longer due to the need to carry large battery banks. A compromise can be found in hybrid-electric systems where electric propulsion is used for take-off and landing and conventional propulsion is used for cruising. Nevertheless, small commuter aircraft are taking the lead in achieving full electrification and they will most likely pave the road for medium and larger aircraft. This presentation looks at the state of the art on aircraft electrification and the roadmap ahead of us. About the author: Dr. Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has worked in a number of industries from automotive, oil and gas, industrial and aerospace in the area of power electronics and control systems design. He is currently a Principal Hardware Design Engineer at Ultra Electronics where he leads multi-functional teams to deliver engineering solutions to customers, including Airbus, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Gulfstream, Embraer, and Mitsubishi. His most recent projects include Ice Protection Systems and Door Control Systems. To make a booking to attend the event, please use Meetup or go to https://localevents.theiet.org/b563d4 The talk is open to all. Details of how to attend will be emailed to those who have booked, nearer to the date of the event.

ONLINE WEBINAR - The Breath Biopsy® Platform

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Cancer killed 8.8 million people in 2015 alone. It is a stark reality that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer. From our parents to our partners, our children, our grandchildren - 1 in 2 will get cancer. We must find better ways to treat cancer, but more importantly better ways to detect cancer earlier, when chances of a cure are dramatically higher. Every time you breathe out there are thousands of chemicals on your breath, some of these are markers of cancer. This talk will provide an overview of the research currently being undertaken in Cambridge by Owlstone Medical Ltd using our Breath Biopsy® platform to “sniff” out these chemical markers to detect cancer earlier. Our greatest opportunity lies not in developing new drugs but increasing rates of early diagnosis through improved cancer screening. Speaker Profile Billy Boyle is an engineering graduate from the University of Cambridge. He is one of the original co-founders of Owlstone Inc, spun out of Cambridge in 2004, which has raised $28M in investment and won >$25M in defence contracts. He initially worked with silicon foundries in the design and fabrication of the core microchip technology and is co-inventor on 19 patents. He then assumed a commercial role with P&L responsibility for the Scientific Instruments and Industrial business units; responsible for sales of FAIMS products and contracts with >150 clients globally, including Agilent, Thermo, Roche Diagnostics, Samsung, GSK, 4D Pharma, Mayo Clinic and the NHS. Billy started to focus on the medical applications of FAIMS technology after his wife, Kate, was diagnosed and later died of colon cancer as a result of a late diagnosis. He worked closely with clinical partners who integrated FAIMS technology across a broad spectrum of clinical trials in cancer, inflammatory disease & infectious disease. After positive clinical trial results he headed up the newly formed Medical business unit, which won a £1M NHS contract for LuCID to use FAIMS technology in the early detection of lung cancer. With ongoing clinical and commercial success, Billy led the process to spin out Owlstone Medical Ltd and became the founding CEO upon the close of a $7M investment in March 2016. The mission of Owlstone Medical is to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in healthcare costs. Billy was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2020.

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