Lilly’s placement with Renault Formula One #INWED17

Tomorrow is International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED17), and this week we’re celebrating some of our female academics and students on our Twitter and Facebook pages. At Birmingham City University we are committed to advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), and we recently won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, honouring our work in combating gender inequality.

We interviewed Liliana Lauko, one of our Engineering students who did a year-long placement in the design department of the Renault Formula One team, about how her work placement has helped her studies and her career. Lilly has had the opportunity to work on the cars driven at circuits around the world, and she has even designed some of her own parts for the race cars to improve their performance.

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How Birmingham can help to clean urban air

Dr Michaela Kendall, Visiting Professor

Air Pollution in Cities is Nothing New

Since the VW emissions scandal broke, air pollution in cities has remained a top public health concern. With such stories rarely out of the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that something has recently emerged from medical science illustrating the dangers of combustion-generated air pollution to human health.

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Happy Birthday Sir Tim Berners-Lee!

“If you can imagine a computer doing something, you can program a computer to do that. Unbounded opportunity… limited only by your imagination. And a couple of laws of physics.”

Today is the 62nd birthday of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a significant but perhaps under-appreciated innovator that we definitely owe a lot to!

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What’s on in Birmingham this June?

Rosie Baldwin – CEBE Events, Marketing and Communications Assistant

It just so happens that this month we can look forward to some of Birmingham’s best foodie events. Birmingham has a great independent food scene, with amazing restaurants, unusual pop-ups, and street food to suit any diet. And luckily for us at the City Centre Campus, most of them are just a short walk from our front door!

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Women in Networking

Zareena Naz – BSc Networks and Security

This article, first published on the Hamilton Barnes website, explores why Zareena was drawn to study networking at Birmingham City University.

How did you first get interested in a career in technology?

The first time I got to know about networking was during my GCSEs. I didn’t know anything about IT at the time but I thought it was interesting. In sixth form I chose IT and Business and got to know the basics of IT and got more familiar with it and developed my interest. My teacher at that time was a network engineer and she helped me understand the basics of networking and to study for the exams.

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The path less travelled

by Stephen Murphy, Academic Lead – Linux Professional Institute Academy

Why changing priorities and straying from the beaten path could help reduce the risk of cyber-attack…

I am sure that you’ve noticed that the NHS (along with a large number of other worldwide organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, Telefonica and FedEx) has been hit by a targeted cyber-attack that disabled computers using the Windows XP operating system. The attack encrypted a user’s files, making them inaccessible unless a ‘ransom’ was paid to the attackers.  People have pointed the finger at out-of-date operating systems, lack of funding and poor security procedures, but are these really the underlying issues, or only failures in diagnosing a more fundamental malady in global computing?

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What can we learn from the NHS cyber-attack?

Ron Austin – Associate Professor

The news over the last two or three days has been full of information and some speculation about the attack on the NHS networking and PC systems. The attack has spread quickly and affected more than just the NHS. It’s become apparent that it is not targeted at the NHS. I do, however, believe it raises key issues about computer security and cyber hygiene.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2: The biggest VFX movie of all time?

Johrah Al-Homied – BSc Film Technology and Visual Effects

The hype for the Visual Effects (VFX) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (GOG 2) started with director James Gunn claiming in an interview that Ego The Living Planet was going to be the “biggest visual effect of all time”. He said the film contains over a trillion polygons, and after watching it, I can believe that’s true. Ego contains thousands of animated elements. From the water to the leaves dropping on the floor, all these details could need thousands of individual models, depending on how detailed they are, and each model could contain millions of polygons. Continue Reading

What’s On in Birmingham this May?

Rosie Baldwin – CEBE Events, Marketing and Communications Assistant

You’ve probably noticed by now that Birmingham is big on events. Some of the world’s biggest names take to the stage at the NEC, Barclaycard Arena, and O2 Academy, and people travel from all over the country to attend conferences and exhibitions held in the city.

But Birmingham isn’t just good at big-name events; the UK’s ‘second city’ is great at independent events, festivals, and parties. Here we highlight some of the hidden gems right on your doorstep.

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