The UCL Mechanical Engineers Researchers' Society (MERS) was created by researchers for researchers. We aim to encourage social and professional networking within and outside of the department; facilitate collaborations between fellow colleagues and external partners; support career and professional development; and celebrate our achievements.
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After a long hiatus. MERS is back! Researchers in (or connected to) UCL Mechanical Engineering joined for a hybrid meeting.
Part “Friday Feeling” social, part constructive meeting. We explored how researchers can better connect; upcoming events and development opportunities; our revamped Teams site and the new Intranet and ways for researchers to get involved and use their creative energy.
A breathing aid that can help keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care, adapted by mechanical engineers at UCL and clinicians at UCLH working with Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (Mercedes-AMG HPP), has been approved for use in the NHS. 10,000 breathing aids have been manufactured for use in the UK and are being used in over 115 NHS hospitals.
The UCL-Ventura designs and manufacturing instructions have been shared worldwide and are being used all over the globe – >2000 licences in over 124 countries have been granted. (Website, MechEng News Piece).
Enteromics is an innovation-led start up that focuses on hacking the gut microbiome for better health. Enteromics is changing the way that we monitor gut health by building GutlabTM , which is a platform that comprises of an Internet of Medical Thing, or a smart pill and an application and once swallowed, that can sense data remotely and can provide you with AI powered medical insights. (Website, MechEng News Piece).
Researchers are investigating how COVID-19 has changed the practice of religious worship in the UK. They also want to understand how much aerosol is generated when speaking, chanting, or singing in religious worship and how much that changes when a person wears a face mask. This information will help scientists work out the risk of transmitting COVID-19 when people sing or chant in religious worship. (Website, MechEng News Piece).
Instead of searching for a single material that meets all the requirements of biomedical processes like tissue scaffolding, drug delivery and cardiac patching, researchers at MechEng suggest medical researchers utilise core-sheath polymer fibers — hybrid fibers featuring a strong core surrounded by a biologically applicable sheath layer. One of the most promising methods to mass produce these fibres has been developed by researchers here at UCL. (MechEng News Piece, article)
MERS welcomed new and returning faces to the department. During the event, the researchers networked and built connections with fellow colleagues in the department.
The official launch of the Mechanical Engineering Researchers’ Society (MERS). PhDs and PDRAs gathered to meet other researchers in the department, find out more about MERS and most importantly enjoy some good cake.