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Mich 2016 Teaching Office Newsletter

Mich 2016 Teaching Office Newsletter

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This is the first termly staff-student newsletter from CUED's Teaching Office.

This document replaces traditional briefing notes. It will contain information about up-coming events, reminders for staff and students, and also notify about key changes to the course and guidelines.

Events - Mich 2016

Project Expo

Each year the teams running student lead project present their most recent developments in the Expo early in November in the main engineering site. Come along to find out how you can become involved or how you can turn your ideas into a new project!

Thu 3 November 2016 in the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design.


Prize Day

Wed 16 November 2016


Exchange Fair

The Department currently has student exchange programmes with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Ecole Centrale de Paris (ECP). Cambridge third year students spend a full year at these institutions, returning to Cambridge for their fourth year. Numbers are strictly limited: this year, two of our students are at NUS and two at ECP.

To introduce you to the process and to show you what is on offer, an exchange fair will be held in November.  Representatives from each of the exchange programmes will be on hand to discuss any queries you may have. 

Friday 18 November 2016, 1pm. Location to be confirmed


To add any event to this list, please contact: teaching-office@eng.cam.ac.uk

New staff at the Department of Engineering - Mich 2016

Mr Kevin Barney, EIETL Laboratory Manager

Kevin Barney has returned to the department from Sepura PLC to replace Dave Gautrey as the new EIETL Laboratory Manager. Kevin previously worked as an Electronics Technician within the Department.

Kevin has many years’ experience in the electronic industry and has acquired a wealth of knowledge including the use of several varying schematic capture software applications.

This includes Cadence Orcad, Mentor Graphics Xpedition, Proteus and RS Design Spark. He has excellent soldering capabilities to IPC610 and regularly used electronic workshop equipment including Oscilloscopes, Signal generators, Logic and Spectrum analysers and DVMs.

He has been an electrical safety officer and completed a one day portable appliance testing course. Software experience includes Assembler and C. Working knowledge of Unix and Linux. He has experience in building and commissioning designs from schematics to PCB and onto system build.

The Electrical and Information Engineering Teaching Laboratory (EIETL) is one of the largest laboratories in the Department of Engineering providing undergraduate teaching and project facilities in all four years of the course, for both Divisions B (Electrical Engineering) and F (Information Engineering). The laboratory facilities are also used by other Divisions but on a less intensive basis.

Kevin’s role is to manage and provide a professional technical support service within the EIETL supporting academic and research staff and students across the Department. The main responsibilities of the post will include supporting undergraduate teaching, laboratory coordination and administration. Providing support for undergraduate research projects and ensuring that appropriate health and safety procedures are followed in the laboratory.

Mr Alexander Bleistein, DAAD German Language Unit Co-ordinator

Born and raised in Northern Bavaria, I studied German, Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bamberg in order to become a teacher at secondary schools. During my studies, I worked at the Chair of German Linguistics as a student assistant. I also did an internship at the Goethe Institute in London, where I discovered my passion for teaching the German language to non-native speakers. After graduating from university and giving lessons at a language school, I moved to the Netherlands to work as a language assistant at the Goethe Institute in Rotterdam.

I joined the CUED Language Unit in September 2016, where I now work as a teacher and coordinator of German. Moreover, I hold the post of the DAAD-Lektor at this department. I am therefore representing the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which promotes and supports international academic cooperation by offering funding to students, researchers, and academics. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in studying, doing an internship or attending a language course in Germany.

Dr Alexandra Brintrup, University Lecturer

Dr. Alexandra Brintrup is a Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Alexandra’s research interests are in the development and use of Data Analytics and Intelligent Systems to create manufacturing and supply chain systems that capture and analyse digital data for optimising decisions. Her research brings together Artificial Intelligence, Complexity Science and Digital Manufacturing to build optimal but also practical and scalable systems. She works with a variety of industrial partners that are subject to change and disruption, generate and need to handle large amounts of data and manage multiple conflicting goals.

Alexandra received her PhD degree from Cranfield University for her work in Genetic Algorithms and worked in the banking industry as a Quantitative analyst. She held postdoctoral and fellowship appointments with the Distributed Information and Automation Lab (DIAL) at the IfM and the University of Oxford’s Complex Adaptive Agent Based Systems (CABDyN) Centre. She taught Supply Chain Management, Operations Management and Decision Engineering at Cranfield before her current appointment at the IfM.

Dr Michael Crisp, Fixed-Term Lecturer

I've recently started working as a Lecturer in Photonic and RF Systems with research interests including analog modulation of lasers for in-building wireless coverage, and low cost, wide area RFID and sensing systems. My PhD and Undergraduate were both carried out in the department, with my PhD supervised by Prof. White and Prof. Penty. Following my PhD I continued to work as a post-doc and during this time I worked closely with Zinwave, a spinout from the group commercialising optical in-building wireless systems, and also founded PervasID which develops wide area RFID systems.

Dr Milica Gasic, Fixed-Term Lecturer

Dr Milica Gasic is a Lecturer in Spoken Dialogue Systems at the Department of Engineering and a Fellow at Murray Edwards College, the University of Cambridge. She obtained her PhD in Statistical Dialogue Modelling at the University of Cambridge in 2011. She has published around 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers in the area of dialogue management and she received the Sigdial 2013 conference best paper award. Her research interest lies in various aspects of spoken dialogue systems and in particular decision-making. She greatly interested in machine learning algorithms and their application to human-computer dialogue.

Dr Jose Hernandez Lobato, University Lecturer

Jose Miguel Hernandez Lobato is currently a lecturer in Machine Learning at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, in the School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2016.

His research interests are in Bayesian optimization, scalable methods for approximate inference and flexible probabilistic modelling of data. Jose Miguel's research is driven by applications of machine learning to expensive optimal design problems in engineering. His work at Harvard University was funded by a grant from the Rafael del Pino Foundation and before joining Harvard, Jose Miguel was a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge were he worked in a collaboration project with the Indian multinational company Infosys Technologies. During this time Jose Miguel also gave lectures on Bayesian Machine Learning at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). From December 2010 to May 2011, Jose Miguel was a teaching assistant at the Computer Science Department in Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), where he obtained his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Computer Science in December 2010 and June 2007, respectively. Jose Miguel also obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Science from this institution in June 2004, with a special prize to the best academic record on graduation.

Dr Mukesh Kumar, University Lecturer

Mukesh Kumar is appointed as a University lecturer at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He is based at the Institute for Manufacturing and leading research on industrial resilience. His research interest for the field of risk management and manufacturing came from early career in the financial industry where he was responsible for corporate evaluation of investment decisions made by manufacturing companies. In 2005 he commenced PhD studies in IfM Cambridge, in the area of manufacturing investment decision making from risk and network resilience perspectives to leverage and extend his specialist knowledge in this area. After completion of PhD, Sealed Air Corporation funded an industrial project to operationalise PhD research outcomes into a manufacturing investment risk evaluation tool, specifically focusing on plant location decisions and technology selection.

He secured departmental funds to extend work on risk, resilience and sustainability, which were emergent fields in the area of manufacturing and supply network research. This promising line of research enabled him to then secure further grant from Three Guineas Trust in 2013 to explore “climate change implications for global food supply chains” in collaboration with IfM, 4CMR and British Antarctic Survey. Since then his research has included food product safety management from developed and developing country perspectives, risk evaluation in pharmaceutical supply, and environment sustainability assessment in global supply networks in four sectors - food, pharmaceuticals, automotive and aerospace. His research continues to focus on sustainability and resilience but closely related to the emerging manufacturing paradigm of “Distributed Manufacturing

Ms Misa Nakano, Japanese Language Teacher/Coordinator

After having spent over 20 years teaching at various secondary schools, sixth form colleges and universities in the North West of England, Misa joined the Language Unit as the Japanese Coordinator. She is very keen to promote Japanese language and culture to CUED students and hope to help establishing new links with Japan.

Dr Jenni Sidey, University Lecturer

Dr. Jenni Sidey is a newly appointed Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at St. Catharine's College. Her research interests lie in the area of experimental turbulent combustion with a specialisation in flame visualisation, emission mitigation, and fuel flexibility. Her current work is motivated by alternative fuel development and emission reduction in practical energy and transport devices.

She achieved high honours in her Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she participated in a hydrogen generation project in McGill's Alternative Fuel Laboratory and a microgravity flame propagation experiment with McGill's Shockwave Physics Group. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (Jesus College) in 2015 investigating highly preheated and diluted flames as part of the Rolls-Royce University Gas Turbine Partnership in Combustion. Following her recent appointment to University Lecturer and Fellow at St. Catharine's College, she will teach a course on combustion as part of the Department of Engineering M.Phil. in Energy Technologies course and supervise first and second year Thermofluids.

Jenni is an active participant in the Department's outreach activities, particularly those related to gender equality. She has developed, organised, and run numerous outreach activities aimed at encouraging women in engineering. In 2013, she co-founded an outreach group called Robogals Cambridge through which she designed and delivered robotics workshops to young people around the UK.

Mr Mark Thompson, Design Project Office (DPO) Laboratory Manager

Mark Thompson has joined the Department as the new DPO Laboratory Manager replacing Viv Bateman who recently retired.

Mark joins us from Cambridge Regional College where he was the Work-based Learning Assessor and was responsible for engineering apprentices in the East Anglia region. This covered a large skill base e.g. Toolmaking, Machining, CAD, CNC and Technical Support. He is already familiar with the Department as he was responsible for supporting and guiding the Department’s apprentices over the three years of their training in both college and on site in the Central Technical Services Workshop.

Mark has over thirty years of experience across a number of industries related to engineering. He is passionate about teaching people new skills and seeing them develop their careers and takes great pride in helping them achieve their personal goals.

The Design and Project Office is one of the largest laboratories on the Department of Engineering supporting the teaching of computing, drawing and design in all four years of the undergraduate course.

Mark’s role is to provide a professional technical support service to the Design and Project Office during term time and the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design at other times, and supporting academic and research staff and students across the Department. The main responsibilities of the post will include supporting the teaching of the drawing course, supporting undergraduate teaching, laboratory coordination, providing designs for research projects and supporting the Department's Student-led Projects programme (SPIP) and Outreach related exercises.


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