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Our track record of industry collaboration dates back to 1899, when Fleming became Scientific Advisor to the Marconi Company. Today our collaborators range from major international companies and government bodies to SME.

As Engineers we believe that practical application and interaction with industry are an inherent part of what we do. We are always keen to talk to industries, both large and small to explore how we might collaborate.

There are a number of ways we work with industry:

Consultancy

Staff within the Department engage in a wide range of research fields and provide an excellent resource for consultancy services whether the requirement is for technology strategy or technology assessment or for advanced development of technologies or bespoke training. Our staff are actively encouraged to engagement with industry and government in this way to maintain the value and timeliness of our result.

The services offered by the members of the Department are open to all organisations from government bodies and global corporations, to public bodies and SMEs.

To further strengthen our engagement with industry and commerce, UCL has formalised its consultancy expertise under UCL Consultants Ltd. Their aim is to provide an efficient and responsive service, delivering to our clients the expert help they need to solve their critical technical problems.

If you would like to know more about how you can take advantage of the expertise and state of the art facilities that the Department has to offer please contact the Paul McKenna, Departmental Manager p.mckenna@ucl.ac.uk / 020 7679 3186

Alternatively you can contact the appropriate member of staff directly, contact details can be found on our People page.

Industry Advisory Board

The department has an advisory board consisting of industry leaders who can provide informed advice on strategic concerns and issues likely to affect the future of the department. We work closely with our Advisory Board who regularly monitor and review the programmes to ensure they maintain their industrial relevance.

  • Fraser Burton, Head of BT University Research
  • Dr Nigel Burton (CEO of NU Oil and Gas Plc, Alumnus)
  • David Butler, Senior Engineer, BBC R&D
  • Emeritus Professor Bill Crossland, Cambridge University
  • Dr Julian Fells (Optics Research Associate, Oxford University, Alumnus
  • Dr Jerome Grelin, Engineering Manager, Smart Fibres
  • Mansoor Hanif, Former Director of Converged Networks Research Lab, BT Research and Innovation and Alumnus
  • Dr Maria Ionescu, Photonics Engineer, Xtera and Alumnus
  • Elie Kfoury, CEO of Intellicasa
  • Dr Salman Malik, CEO of MicroSpray Technologies Ltd and Alumnus
  • John Manville (SVP, Cisco Systems, Alumnus)
  • John Mestitz, CEO of Techna and Alumnus
  • Dr Paul Metzgen, CEO and Founder, Silicon Tailor
  • Dr Bimal Nayar, Senior Innovation Engineer, Network Rail and Alumnus
  • Dr David Price (Chairman, Lontra Ltd and Symertrica and RTL Materials and Telesoft Technologies, Alumnus
  • Raja Saggi, Head of Marketing, Google UK and Alumnus
  • Dr Benn Thomsen, Microsoft Research (Honorary Lecturer)
  • Dr Janice Turner, Product Line Manager, Symetrica and Alumnus
  • Dr Frank Tutu, R&D; Analyst, Smart Energy Applications, EDF Energy and Alumnus
  • Prof Mike Wale (Director, Active Products Research, Oclaro)
  • Prof Simon Watts (Consultant) and Visiting Professor (EEE)
Spin Outs

 

 

 

Correvate Ltd

Correvate Limited is a company commercialising an algorithm developed at UCL’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering under an exclusive licence from UCL Business PLC.  The algorithm facilitates the registration and downstream analysis of 3D point cloud datasets.  Its first market is in the fast growing ‘BIM’ sector (an acronym for Building Information Modelling) where its Vercator software enables professionals such as surveyors, architects and construction engineers to increase their productivity, accelerate turnaround times and reduce costs.

More information regarding the company can be found at http://www.correvate.co.uk 

You can also visit the product web site www.vercator.com

 


 

 

 

Intrinsic Semiconductor Technologies

A spinout company established to commercialise the novel memristive resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices developed by Prof Tony Kenyon and Dr Adnan Mehonic in UCL’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Our silicon-based RRAM technology has the potential to become the backbone for the next generation of computer memory, and to underpin novel neuromorphic technologies for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

More information can be found at http://www.intrinsicst.com


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Senceive Ltd

Innovative remote condition monitoring solutions for the rail and construction industries. Senceive Ltd was spun out from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering to commercialise an innovative approach to the problem of monitoring distributed industrial environments such as railway infrastructures and underground mines. By utilising a number of small, intelligent devices that communicate through meshed radio networks, the company offers an autonomous solution that is easy for non-experts to install, maintain and use.


Zinwave

Founded in 2003 from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Zinwave aims to provide sub-systems and systems for distributing wireless signals, including those for applications such as cellular radio and WLAN in a flexible, future proof and low cost manner. Zinwave’s proprietary technology enables these applications to be serviced using low cost multi-mode fibres, giving rise to significant cost savings for system providers and installers. Further information can be found at Zinwave

Continuing Professional Development

All our MSc modules are available individually as continuing professional development (CPD) training. Further information can be via the CPD page. For full details and course outlines and to register for individual modules please visit the UCL LIfe Learning website.

  • An opportunity to recruit final year engineering students. We can arrange a seminar or presentation session here for you to meet and talk directly to them.
  • An opportunity to recruit our students for internship during summer or for a sandwich year. We now offer an exciting 2 year MSc degree where the second year is spent in industry in the UK or overseas, whilst students work on an industry focused research project
Graduate Recruitment

We have a history of success in producing high calibre graduates, whose well-rounded skills are highly valued by employers within not only the Engineering industries, but also in many other fields such as IT, Finance and Consultancy Services.

We are always keen to develop strategic partnerships with companies to assist our students in their development while they are here as well as to enable them to progress once they have left us. For example our BEng and MEng programmes can be taken as a sandwich programme involving an additional year spent in a company before the final year of the degree. The department also supports the Year in Industry scheme, which places students in relevant jobs for one year before the start of the degree programme.

Through partnering with us companies are able to gain the following benefits:

  • A  opportunity to recruit final year engineering students. We can arrange a seminar or presentation session here for you to meet and talk directly to them.
  • An opportunity to recruit our students for internship during summer or for a sandwich year. We now offer an exciting 2 year MSc degree where the second year is spent in industry in the UK or overseas, whilst students work on an industry focused research project

In return, we look for support either in the form of scholarships for new students or for prizes for our graduates.

Dimitrios Zachos, Employer Engagement and Events Officer for UCL Engineering, is available to help with all aspects of your relationship with the Engineering Faculty, from designing custom events to inform students about your field to connecting you with the best candidates for your vacancies.

 
Sponsored Studentships and Research

Sponsored studentships

PhD students can be engaged in industry focused research projects either fully funded or part funded (EPSRC CASE awards) by industry. For further details please contact Paul McKenna, Departmental Manager.

Sponsored Research

Sponsoring research allows the industrial sponsor to gain access to the world leading expertise and facilities available at UCL for projects that range from short term investigations to longer term fundamental research. The competencies of the Department have been built up over many years and are backed by millions of pounds of funding, both from industry and competitive research grants. A specialist team at UCL is available to enable swift agreement of IPR terms. For further details please contact our Departmental Manager, Paul McKenna.

Student Projects in Industry

Industry partners are invited to work with our talented students by proposing topics for student project work focused on addressing real world challenges and if they wish, act as mentors to our students as they undertake industry focused project work. Companies can also offer summer internships and work placement years, both potentially linked to student project ideas.

Companies can offer projects to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students or Masters students.

Undergraduate 3rd year projects (individual student projects):
  • These run from October (start of term) to end February (5 months work, part time) with assessed project poster presentations in mid-March and reports by end March
  • Companies should discuss suitability of possible projects with Teaching Fellow, Dr Arnold McKinley in the first instance
  • Each project requires an academic supervisor and academics must submit proposals by March each year
  • Students select their top 3 or 4 preferred supervisors.
  • Projects are allocated by the department according to both student’s choices and student’ grades. This takes place April-May
  • Students meet their allocated supervisor once before the summer break and can undertake summer internship work with a company linked to their project
Undergraduate 4th year projects (group projects):
  • Typically comprise 3 students per team
  • These run from October (start of term) to end of April (7 months work, part time)
  • Companies should discuss suitability of possible projects with Teaching Fellow, Dr Arnold McKinley in the first instance.
  • Each project requires an academic supervisor and academics must submit proposals by March each year
  • Student teams visit different academics to discuss project opportunities
  • Both academic, company (where applicable) and student team must mutually agree they wish to work together on the project
  • Some teams may work over the summer on their projects
  • A final thesis report is due by the end of April and project presentations are at the end of May, so student teams have another month to prepare a working demo of their project for example
MSc projects (individual projects):
  • We have a range of communications engineering Masters courses, including a new MSc in Integrated Machine Learning Systems
  • These run from 1st May with final thesis due by 1st September (4 months work full time, with no other commitments)
  • Companies should discuss suitability of possible projects with Director of MSc Programmes, Professor Miguel Rio in the first instance
  • In some cases, students may carry out their project at an industrial partner
  • Each project requires an academic supervisor and academics must submit proposals by October each year (start of term)
  • Students select up to 4 desired projects by end January
  • Projects are allocated by the department according to both student’s choices and student’ grades
  • Students can spend up to a year in industry on a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas and complete an extended dissertation focused on addressing a real industry challenge

 

For further information about how UCL supports interaction with industry, see the UCL Corporate Partnerships page. 

If you have queries about collaborations with UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering you can contact,Vassilios Albanis, UCL Business, or the Business Development Manager for E&EE, Tim Bodley-Scott, or contact any member of staff directly if your query is specific to a research or teaching activity. Full details of individual staff members research activities can be found through the Research Group pages.

Or if you know who you are looking for you can find their contact details on our People page.