GCU launches Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research

05 March 2013

Dr Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez

Dr Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez

The number of multi-disciplinary research institutes at Glasgow Caledonian University has risen to three with the launch of the Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research (ISETR).

The new institute will undertake research across three broad themes: Engineering and Energy Systems, Interactive and Communications Engineering and Sustainability in the Built Environment.

Led by Institute Director and School of Engineering and Built Environment Associate Dean (Research) Professor Scott McMeekin, the institute will focus on projects which minimise impact on the environment.

Professor McMeekin said: “The ISETR will build on Scotland’s proud engineering heritage by developing technological innovations and solutions which are sustainable and able to cater for future generations.  I look forward to working with colleagues as we further develop GCU’s excellent reputation for research in this area.” 

The ISETR will be officially launched at an event held at GCU’s Glasgow campus on March 6.

Professor Douglas Greenhalgh, Executive Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: "I warmly welcome the research institute as an important and logical development for the school. It will create a focus within the area of sustainable engineering and underpin the mission of the university."

Research in the Engineering and Energy Systems theme involves work in Diagnostic Systems and Sensors, including GCU’s partnership with electrical diagnostic test instrument manufacturer Doble. One of the projects, led by GCU’s Dr Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez, features solar concentrators - devices which increase the amount of power that can be generated by a solar cell. This theme also includes projects in the areas of Design, Process and Manufacturing and Energy and Power Systems. 

The Interactive Communications and Engineering theme covers work in Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies – this group has recently developed ways to improve mobile phone security and the use of digital systems for healthcare.  The theme will also include Visual, Affective and Pervasive systems, including the use of virtual reality to investigate the link between man and machine and Networks and Communications research.

Finally, researchers working in Sustainability in the Built Environment will undertake projects in Environmental Technology and Management, such as on-going research into delivering cleaner drinking water; Construction Management and Economics and Sustainable Urban Environments.

GCU’s Dr Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez works with solar concentrators - devices which increase the amount of power that can be generated by a solar photovoltaic cell. His work is part of the the Energy and Power Systems Research theme in the Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research.  

Professor Mike Mannion, GCU Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “The new institute will provide a clearer focus and greater opportunity for businesses in the public and private sectors around the world to access and translate our outstanding research in sustainable engineering and technology.”