9th February 2010
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham was given a tour of Aston University, where he met with engineering academics and discovered the first class research facilities on offer.
Mayor, Councillor Michael Wilkes (Hall Green) had chance to see Aston’s latest bioenergy research laboratories, which are due to open this spring. The laboratories will be used to extend Aston’s trials into alternative and renewable low carbon energy sources, such as sewage sludge and algae.
Coun Wilkes also saw the latest in fibre optics and laser technologies. Aston’s Photonic’s research team is responsible for leading photonics research, which has recently seen the development of the world’s longest laser at 270km.
The University’s Formula Student team welcomed the Mayor’s visit as he pledged to help raise sponsorship for the Aston Formula Student car, which competes in a prestigious university race challenge each year. The engineering scheme, now in its ninth year, attracts competitors from across the world. The competition challenges students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single seater racing car.
Councillor Wilkes has also pledged his support to the British Science Festival, which is being hosted by Aston University, and will run from September 14th to September 19th.
Words by Munira Jasat