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Design exhibition showcases Aston engineering projects

Inspired Design Show

23 June 2014

Aston University Product Design and Engineering students showcased their final year projects at the annual free Aston Inspired design show. 

This year’s exhibition, in Aston University’s Great Hall, featured over 100 undergraduate engineers and designers, as well as 16 masters students, all showcasing their individual talents and expertise in a range of exciting projects. 

The Exhibition featured the Citi Trike, a concept city bike aimed at train commuters who can use it as a transport between their home and the train station. The trike can then be easily folded up and carried onto the train. 

The team of Final year Mechanical Engineering students Ross Ferreira, Adam Mascord and Chris Yeung created the Citi Trike which runs on an electric motor and has a range of up to 25 miles.  

Ross Ferreira said: “This year taught us about how to manage a project successfully in a small group, taking knowledge learnt in our undergraduate years and being able to apply to a full scale project using the steps of design prototype and build”. 

The show also featured the 2014 Shell Eco-Marathon Concept Car project, which challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The team and their car, nicknamed ‘Moneypenny’, competed against 2000 students from across Europe and Africa in Rotterdam in May 2014. 

Members of Astons Formula Student Team also showcased their latest race car.  This year’s Aston Racing team consist of 11 Final Year Mechanical Engineering students and two first year Mechanical Engineering students. They will be competing at Silverstone Race Track later this summer. 

The Aston Inspired Design Show Evening was attended by over 200 guests on its launch night alone and is seen as an ideal opportunity to meet the next generation of industrialists, designers and engineers.  

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By Carly Clyne