Dr Geoff V. Merrett
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Stuart's Internship on Energy Harvesting

30th September 2011

Stuart testing the system on a car engine
Stuart testing the system on a car engine
This summer, one of our undergraduate electronic engineering students, Stuart Barrow, worked with me for three months on the pioneering EPSRC-funded project on "Next Generation Energy-Harvesting Electronics - A Holistic Approach". Stuart developed an ultra low-power system that analyses vibrations and transmits them wirelessly. The photo shows Stuart testing his system on a car engine - the hardware on the engine is detecting vibrations, processing them, and transmitting them wirelessly to a laptop computer.

These opportunities for summer internships are great for students, as it allows them to apply the things that they have learnt to real electronics projects in a research environment, and great for the University as interns make very real and valuable contributions. This has been the second year that I have employed Stuart on an internship, and the skills and knowledge that he has developed during his degree have made him a very valuable part of the research team.

Stuart commented "I completed 2 summer internships with Geoff and found them to be great learning experiences and the perfect accompaniment to my degree in electronic engineering. They allowed me to apply the skills I had gained through my course on interesting projects while working in a real research environment. They were definitely one of the highlights of my time at the University of Southampton."

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