Department of Engineering and Design


This page highlights a few of the achievements of students and staff in the Department of Engineering and Design.

Latest: Sussex academics propose alternative to the Galileo satellite navigation system

Professor Chris Chatwin of the University of Sussex and Dr Lasisi Lawal Salami from the Obasanjo Space Center in Nigeria (former University of Sussex PhD student) outline in a recent paper a programme to provide the United Kingdom with an alternative to Galileo.

Galileo is the European Union satellite navigation system. It provides an alternative to the US-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS). As the UK is programmed to leave the EU, it has withdrawn from participating in this programme. The researchers have proposed instead a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) which would meet the UK’s needs in the transportations and defence sectors, as well as those of emergency services. Their proposal was published by the Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and can be read in its entirety on the university's repository

Engineering and Design Student 2019 proposes alternative to single-use plastic

Product design student Lucy Hughes has been gaining international attention for her project demonstrating the feasibility of recycling fish skin and scales and algae to produce alternative to plastic.


Engineering and Design Student 2018 shortlisted for the Global Grad Show Progress Prize

Product design student Jake Thompson has been winning awards and gaining international attention in the months since the launch of his bike light Flare, which has three buttons which cyclists can use to flag up problems along their route including potholes, close pass points and dangerous junctions.

Jake was one of three product design students to receive an honourable mention after being shortlisted for the Global Grad Show Progress Prize.

Engineering and Design 2017/18 news stories

Highlights, events, awards and activies so far in this academic year

  1. Universities and Science Minister opens £11-million Future Technologies Labs at University of Sussex
  2. Prof. Maziar Nekovee, Head of Engineering and Design, to speak at Brussels industry event on future technologies
  3. Wearable technologies – an interview with Dr Daniel Roggen, Reader in Sesnor Technology
  4. Department of Engineering and Design Signs MoU with Ain Shams University, Egypt
  5. 5G ‘sharing’ proposed following trials at University of Sussex
  6. Samsung’s Head of European 5G Reseach appointed Head of Engineering and Design at the University of Sussex
Engineering and Design 2015/16 news stories

Highlights, events, awards and activies in this academic year

  1. New Creative Technologies and Design Foundation launches this September
  2. Sussex Racing Triumph at Formula student 2016
  3. A team of 2nd year software engineers win a Semantico award
  4. Diane Simpson-Little talks to Toy News about her research
  5. Double award for Product Designers at major London design graduate exhibition - New Designers 201
  6. Ideas of the future on display at the University of Sussex
  7. The Formula Student Team eye success in 2016
  8. Highly sensitive sensors successfully map electrical patterns of embryonic heart
  9. From Science Fiction to Reality! First sonic tractor beam invented
  10. University of Sussex supports the IMechE at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015
Engineering and Design 2014/15 news stories

Highlights, events, awards and activies in this academic year

  1. Product Design Student who survived an earthquake invents disaster shelter
  2. Top 10 finish in the UK for the 2015 Formula Student Team
  3. Outstanding impact and research recognised in inaugural Sussex awards
  4. 2015 Formula Student race car gets artistic makeover from international artist MIA
  5. Engineering at Sussex celebrates its 50th anniversary
  6. Sussex Product Designers focus on sustainability for degree show
  7. View all the projects from the final Product Design show 2015
  8. Sussex Lecturer Niko Münzenrieder wins award for research into wearable technology
  9. Sponsorship deal nets new equipment for engineering students
  10. Alumni Anna Lemos at Wild Apple Design
  11. The Intrepid Camera Smashes their Kickstarter target
  12. Sussex Student wins the Brighton Grand Challenge
  13. Product Designers at the London Design Festival 2014


Engineering and Design 2013/14 news stories

Highlights, events, awards and activies in this academic year

  1. Engineering professor honoured with award for exceptional achievement
  2. Product Design Placement student wins regional prize
  3. First-class engineering student takes expertise to Formula 1
  4. Sussex Product Designers head to new Designers in London
  5. Sussex student innovations win two awards in Telegraph competition
  6. University of Sussex with Fixperts in Berlin
  7. Creating new products from old – product designers partner with Emmaus
  8. Pedal power victorious in the Global Design Competition 2014
  9. Viva Brighton front covers shortlisted
  10. Mechanical Engineering student wins international prize
  11. Engineering and Design 2014 Student wins the prestigious MacQuitty prize

Formula Student Project

Find out about and follow Team Sussex as they design and build a race car as part of the Formula Student project.