School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Research News

Research News

Here you will find the latest news stories about our research activities.

September 2016

Brussels Week MEP pairing for Prof Tom Joyce
Professor Tom Joyce has accepted an invitation to spend a few days with a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) as part of the EU’s “Brussels Week” scheme to pair MEPs with scientists. Tom will be paired with MEP Eva Kaili.

MSE academics join EPSRC Associate Peer Review College
MSE academics Dr Richard Whalley and Dr Philip Hydr have been invited to become members of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Associate Peer Review College.

UK Rail Research & Innovation Network
Thanks to recognised research strength in rail vehicle rolling stock, we are pleased to report that Newcastle University has been accepted into the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN).

July 2016

MSE academic wins Biomaterials award
Dr Piergiorgio Gentile was one of the award winners at this year’s UK Society of Biomaterials (UKSB) conference which took place on 30th June and 1st July 2016. Piergiorgio was the winner of the Larry Hench Young Investigator award for 2016. 

June 2016

Dr Walker joins EPSRC Peer Review College
Dr Sara Walker has been invited to become a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Peer Review College. 

May 2016

New smart energy centre announced
A new centre that will allow experts to test the entire energy system in real time has been announced today in Newcastle.

April 2016

Prof Joyce's metal hips research featured in Telegraph
Metal-on-metal hip replacements implanted since 2006 are more prone to failure, leading to the need for further surgery, new research shows.

SWAN researcher pairing with MEP
Dr Andrew Smallbone, senior researcher with the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, reflects on his experience of a scheme which pairs a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) with a scientist with the aim of fostering understanding between European politicians and the science community.

Former postgrad researcher featured in New Scientist
Stephen Bowles, a former MSE research student with our MEMS group who graduated with a PhD in 2014, is featured in New Scientist in an article about Factory 2050, a project which aims to rethink the manufacturing process.

February 2016

MSE lecturer comments on UK energy plans
Professor Ian Arbon, formerly Visiting Professor with the School who currently lectures on our MSc programmes in Renewable Energy, is quoted in today’s Guardian in an article entitled 'From liquid air to supercapacitors, energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough'.

January 2016

Professor Joyce on hip transplants 
Professor Tom Joyce has been quoted in a Daily Telegraph article about incorrectly manufactured hip transplants, where patients have been given implants made the wrong size.

RailNewcastle Conference results in multiple publications 
Four special issues of scientific journals with 29 rail-related papers, including 10 written by School staff, have been published as a result of the RailNewcastle Conference 2015 held in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

October 2015

NEXUS installs ToF-SIMS instrument!
The National EPSRC XPS Users' Service, located within the Mechanical and Systems Engineering School, has installed a Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (ToFSIMS) capable of identifying complex materials at engineered surfaces.

School research shortlisted for Impact Awards
Dr Sara Walker, Professor Tom Joyce and Dr Simon Smith were finalists at the Research Impact in SAgE 2015 event. The academics highlighted the impact of their research to a broad audience of academics, research users, industry and funders.

Unique shoulder simulator features on BBC News
A unique machine for testing artificial shoulder joints, designed by MSE academics and researchers, was featured on local BBC television last week.

September 2015

School welcomes new academic staff
We are delighted to welcome three new academic staff to the School: lecturers Dr Marina Ferreira-Duarte and Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, and senior lecturer Dr Sara Walker.