Multiple Awards Success for Heriot-Watt

Last week proved very successful for the university with three awards being presented at two awards ceremonies.


From left to right: Dr. Iain McEwan (Business Development Executive, EPS), Ashley Baker (Macphie) and Prof. Albert Rodger (Scottish Funding Council). 

At the Interface Excellence Awards, hosted in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt won two of the three awards being presented.

Gillian McFadzean, Director of Research and Enterprise Services and Ashley Baker, Head of Research and Development at Macphie of Glenbervie received the Interface Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange Award. The judging panel came to the decision to appoint joint winners for this category, recognising both industry and academic contributions.

Macphie of Glenbervie also won the Interface Sustained Partnership Award for their long-standing and continued knowledge exchange partnership with Heriot-Watt.

The university narrowly missed out on a clean sweep of the awards with Dr. Will Shu’s 3D Bioprinter coming second to PAWsitively Natural  for the Interface Innovation of the Year Award.



Dr Keith Brown receives the University Electronics Department of the Year award from NMI CEO Derek Boyd and Raytheon’s Brooke Hoskins

Meanwhile, there was also success at Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems won University Electronics Department of the Year at the NMI Electronic Systems Awards at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London. 

The category seeks to highlight university electronics departments that best demonstrate excellent liaison & partnership with industry. Judges place a particular emphasis on world-class electronics systems research with a strength in depth and evidence of a strong skills and knowledge transfer record with industry that turns ideas into economic benefit.

The category is sponsored by Raytheon and was presented by the company’s Brooke Hoskins and NMI’s CEO, Derek Boyd.

Speaking at the event Derek Boyd, CEO of UK electronics trade organisation NMI, said: “The institute demonstrated world-class R&D in microsystems and system integration. It has built strong and trusted relationships with key electronics systems companies, with many collaborations and projects leading to commercial success.”

Using sound waves in the food industry

Heriot-Watt University is part of a research and industrial consortium group which has secured £500,000 funding from the UK government to investigate the use of sound waves in the food industry.

The Technology Strategy Board has provided £7 million to more than fifty research projects and studies aimed at developing healthier, safer and more nutritious food. The project ‘Baking with Sound’ is one of the projects selected for support.

The project will be led by food ingredient manufacturer, Macphie of Glenbervie, and in addition to Heriot-Watt, includes Nortek Piezo, Mono Bakery Equipment and Fosters Bakery.

The project will develop and commercialise a patented cutting-edge novel technology that uses ultrasound to improve the quality and nutritional value of bakery products, as well as making their production more energy efficient. The technology has been covered in a joint patent application between Macphie and Heriot-Watt University, led by Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Company-led Engineering Design Projects

Please view the full length video on company-led engineering design projects which provide companies with a great
opportunity for expert academic input into their R&D activities.

The process: The project will be carried-out over a 12 week period from September to December. Students will each spend 150 hours on the project and will be working in teams of four. Each team will have an academic supervisor assigned and the company plays the role of the client.

The Stages: The project could cover the stages of an engineering design assignment, including: market research, brainstorming, concept generation and selection, simulations and calculations, design for manufacture, costing, sustainability, prototyping, assessment and materials testing.

Participating companies are asked to provide guidance to our students to ensure a successful project outcome.

Taking part in this initiative has no cost to companies, only consumables or raw materials will be charged, if these
are required for the design, prototyping or testing during the project. Any support given by academic staff andn expert technicians during the project is at no cost.

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