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6929 FOS ENGINEERING MAG:Layout 1 26/8/10 10:46 Page 4Focus on Engineering4Teesside in a wordRAVE>Paid practical experience workingin business and industry, with many>We’ve clinched second placenationally for our facilities, thanks torave student reviews on whatuni.com.courses.JOBSFUN>Teesside University is one of theUK’s top two modern universities – theStudent Experience Survey,commissioned by Times HigherTOPEducation.>Our specialist engineering labs include designated areas forthe built environment, computer-aided design and manufacture,control systems, electrotechnology and telecommunications.PRACTICE>We’re in the top ten modern universities for graduate prospects(The Independent Complete University Guide).> Middlesbrough boasts pubs, clubs, and comedy and musicvenues for all tastes.


6929 FOS ENGINEERING MAG:Layout 1 26/8/10 10:46 Page 6Focus on Engineering6Fraser Bottomley,BEng (Hons) Civil EngineeringStudying, snow sports andsummer jobs have added up to agreat time at Teesside for Fraser.Fraser was keen to study civil engineeringbut his A-level choices (history, biology andgeography) weren’t ideal for this route. Hewas first able to refocus by studying afoundation year in science and engineeringat Teesside.‘My dad works for a civil engineeringcompany so civil engineering is a familiararea that seemed interesting. Now that I’m inthe final year of my degree, I’m confident I’llbe happy to work within it for the rest of mylife.’He describes civil engineering as everythingyou see. ‘It’s buildings, drainage systems,roads, slopes – general infrastructure really.Many of the modules, like StructuralMechanics, Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology,Geotechnology and Earth Catastrophes, arebased on maths. Others like RiskAssessment are more procedural.’During the third year, civil engineeringstudents can undertake an industrialprofessional training year. Fraser opted not toas he was able to work during both summersfor the KN Group. ‘I worked with siteengineers, and also in the office writing riskassessments and method statements.’Now, as part of his research project, he isinvestigating how geotextiles can be used toincrease the shear strength of sand. Shearstrength is the maximum strength of soil atwhich point significant deformation oryielding occurs because of an applied shearstress.‘I’ve been doing lab testing, using a shearbox, with different types of geotextiles(which are essentially sheets of textiles) tosee which gives the biggest increase instrengths. I’ve also been changing thenumber of layers to see what effect thathas.’Away from studying, Fraser DJs atEliminate, a monthly dance night at theMiddlesbrough Empire. ‘And I’ve joinedthe University’s snow sports club whereI’ve been learning to snowboard at theXscape snowdome in Castleford. It’sbeen great!’More about our BEng (Hons)Civil Engineering:www.tees.ac.uk/ug/engineeringA studentSAYS‘I’m confident I’ll behappy to work withincivil engineering for therest of my life.’


6929 FOS ENGINEERING MAG:Layout 1 26/8/10 10:46 Page 7Focus on Engineering7‘I really enjoy teaching– it gives me greatsatisfaction andfulfilment to see ourstudents learn.’Dr Immanuel Sebastine,Senior Lecturer in Chemicaland Process EngineeringImmanuel brings great breadthand depth of research experienceto his teaching – and he’s stillresearching.After graduating with a BEng (Hons)Chemical Engineering at AnnamalaiUniversity in India, Immanuel completed anMEng Biotechnology. ‘Organisms producevarious products on a small scale, andbiotechnology uses engineering principles toscale this process up. Biotechnology was anewly-emerging field at the time.’He then worked as a plant engineer in a citricacid manufacturing plant. ‘It gave me realindustry experience to put what I’d learnt intopractice. But I wanted to do something morechallenging, so I took a role as a chemicalengineering scientist for the Council forScientific and Industrial Research in Madras. Iwas involved in various research anddevelopment work, mainly focused on workfor the tanning industry – producing enzymesto apply to a hide to produce leather.’Immanuel was then awarded aCommonwealth Scholarship to complete afour-year doctorate in biochemicalengineering at the University of Birmingham.‘I focused on producing antibiotics,specifically clavulanic acid, using afermentation process.’Next, as a research assistant at LoughbroughUniversity, he worked on the filtration ofmicroparticles to treat industrial waste waters.‘I also looked at the consummation anddegradation of pharmaceutical compounds inthe UK before working on tissue engineeringand regenerative medicine, to producehuman tissues outside the body in labconditions. I mainly focused on investigatingverterbral disc damage in the human spinedue to trauma, disease or illness.’Immanuel moved to Teesside in 2008 tobecome a full-time senior lecturer. He teacheson the HND and BEng (Hons) ChemicalEngineering, as well as the MSc PetroleumTechnology and MSc Biotechnology. ‘I reallyenjoy teaching – it gives me great satisfactionand fulfilment to see our students learn.I’ve been particularly impressed by howtechnologically advanced the University is forstudents.’He is currently applying his biologyexperience to research biofuel production.‘We need to use forest and plant waste toproduce bioethanol. It’s a very topical issueto try and find alternative sources of fuel.‘Teesside University has the advantage ofhaving easy access to the local chemicalindustry. It means that our students benefitfrom six industrial visits in the first year alone.It can help their understanding as theyengage in real case studies from ourindustrial partners.’More about our engineering degrees:www.tees.ac.uk/ug/engineeringStaffPROFILE


6929 FOS ENGINEERING MAG:Layout 1 26/8/10 10:46 Page 9Focus on Engineering9> A new nanotechnology facility allows you to carry out typicalsemiconductor processes such as photolithography, and materialdeposition and etching techniques in a controlled environment.>Tees Valley isa fantastic placeto live with coastand countrysideon the doorstep.> The Stephenson Building is a high-quality learningenvironment and the centre of the engineering department.Its facilities include:• seminar rooms• a 200-seat lecture theatre• specialist engineering laboratories• designated areas for the built environment,computer-aided design and manufacture,controlsystems, electrotechnology and telecommunications


6929 FOS ENGINEERING MAG:Layout 1 26/8/10 10:46 Page 13Focus on Engineering13A graduateSAYSSaid Nasser Al-Burtamani,Petroleum Development OmanSaid Nasser Al-Burtamani won theCecil M Yuill Foundation Award:Achievement in Any Field,becoming Student of the Year.‘When I arrived onthe first day I saw awonderful place, a reallyfriendly environment.’He graduated with a first-class BEng (Hons)Chemical Engineering and also gained theTeesside Science Award. Originally fromOman, he has dedicated his degree andprizes to his late father Nasser, who diedback in Oman during the last month of hisdegree.Said, 33, brought his wife and childrenMaysoon and Fares over to Teesside. Hewas sponsored to complete the degree byhis employers of 15 years, PetroleumDevelopment Oman (PDO). Said worked onoil and gas stations for the company beforedeciding to aim for a degree at the age of 29.‘My father passed away just after my finalexam and I was about to submit my designproject. With our religion burial takes placewithin 24 hours after death so there was notime for me to go back. My mother told menot to come back, she said ‘Don’t waste yourthree years’.‘My wife, friends and tutors were verysupportive. I was given an extra week tosubmit my design project, and the spirit ofmy father encouraged me to finish it. I wasreally surprised to be awarded Student of theYear and I dedicate this award to my father.’Said is currently enrolled on a master’sdegree and will then return to work for PDOas a specialist process engineer. ‘I wasworried about so many things before I camehere, like the language barrier – it was myfirst time outside Oman. When I arrived onthe first day I saw a wonderful place, a reallyfriendly environment and from then I startedto enjoy it.‘I appreciate the opportunity that PDO gaveme to do the degree and their support. Andthe University’s chemical engineeringdepartment played a key role with theirguidance and help during my studies.’


6929 FOS ENGINEERING MAG:Layout 1 26/8/10 10:46 Page 14Focus on Engineering14The stuff you need to knowVisit usOur Open Day is your chance to find outmore about Teesside University – the people,place, courses – and what makes usUniversity of the Year.And you can make the day yours – designyour own day by choosing the talks andtours you’re interested it. It’s a really usefulway of digging deeper. Because it’simportant you discover for yourself whatwe’re really like.Parents are welcome too of course. And, ifyou’re a teacher, why not bring a group ofstudents? We may be able to help you withthe cost of the visit.Open Day dates• Wednesday 13 October 201010.00am - 3.00pm• Saturday 30 October 201010.00am - 3.00pm• Wednesday 22 June 201110.00am - 3.00pm• Wednesday 12 October 201110.00am - 3.00pm• Saturday 29 October 201110.00am - 3.00pmTo find out more about our Open Days,visit www.tees.ac.uk/opendaysFunding your studiesAsk about our competitive and generouspackage of a non-repayable bursary and anew scholarship for excellence. Thecomplete package could be worth more than£13,000 over three years to a full-timeundergraduate.CoursesPreliminary coursesLength: 1 yearTypical offer: individualised offer following aninterview> Extended Engineering(preliminary course)UCAS code: H108 BEng/E> International Foundation Year(Science & Engineering)HND coursesLength: 2 yearsTypical offer: 60-100 tariff points> HND Chemical EngineeringUCAS code: 008H HND/CE> HND Fabrication and WeldingUCAS code: 093H HND/FWUndergraduate degreesLength: 3-4 yearsTypical offer: individualised offer following aninterview or 280 tariff points> BEng (Hons) Chemical EngineeringUCAS code: H813 BEng/CE> BEng (Hons) Civil EngineeringUCAS code: H200 BEng/CEn> BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering withDisaster ManagementUCAS code: H290 BEng/CEDM> BEng (Hons) Electrical and ElectronicEngineeringUCAS code: H601 BEng/EEE> BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and ControlEngineeringUCAS code: H660 BEng/ICNE> BEng (Hons) Mechanical EngineeringUCAS code: H300 BEng/MEEIntegrated master’sLength: 4-5 yearsTypical offer: individualised offer following aninterview or 280 tariff points> MEng (Hons) Chemical EngineeringUCAS code: H810 MEng/CE> MEng (Hons) Civil EngineeringUCAS code: H201 MEng/CEn> MEng (Hons) Electrical and ElectronicEngineeringUCAS code: H602 MEng/EEE> MEng (Hons) Instrumentation and ControlEngineeringUCAS code: H661 MEng/ICNE> MEng (Hons) Mechanical EngineeringUCAS code: H301 MEng/MEEAccommodationChoose from University-managed halls,houses or flats (726 places) on campus orUniversity-managed housing in the privatesector (472 places) – they’re all within deadeasy walking distance.Bonus. Our University residences have freeinternet access and you’re guaranteed aplace when you accept Teesside as your first(firm) choice.Application processAll applications for our full-time and sandwichfirst degrees must be made through theUniversities and Colleges AdmissionsService (UCAS). We’ve provided the UCAScode but you’ll need to apply on the UCASwebsite, www.ucas.comFor more informationT: 01642 738800E: sse-admissions@tees.ac.ukwww.tees.ac.ukTo get a full ProspectusT: 01642 342942E: enquiries@tees.ac.ukwww.tees.ac.uk/enquiry

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