Engineers of the future: sustainability and social responsibility.

This is a Engineering and technology Subject Spotlight with Professor Abdulnaser Sayma from City, University of London. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Engineering and technology.

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In this Subject Spotlight, highly decorated and experienced Professor Abdulnaser Sayma explores the skills that are vital throughout all disciplines of engineering at every level, with a very progressive and contemporary outlook. He also discusses the social responsibility of engineers in an ever-changing world that seeks to combat climate change, pollution and social injustice to create a fairer and greener planet. Abdulnaser then delves deeper into the field of Energy and Sustainability Engineering, teaching you some fundamentals about thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and their applications. This fascinating and topical Subject Spotlight concludes with an activity that will test your new knowledge to think critically about where to install a new wind farm, with some crucial supporting information.

About City, University of London

Established by royal charter in 1836, The University of London is the third-oldest university in England. It has around 48,000 distance learning and campus-based students, making it the largest university by number of students in the UK. The University of London is a federation of 17 independent member institutions of outstanding global reputation, ranging from larger universities such as UCL or King’s College London to smaller specialised institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music or the Courtauld Institute of Art. Charles Dickens even termed it the 'People's University'!

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Professor Abdulnaser Sayma

Abdulnaser Sayma is a Professor of Energy Engineering at City, University of London, and the Director of the Energy, Sustainability and Net-Zero Research Centre. He is a Fellow of the IMechE and RAeS, and a member of the Energy Institute. Professor Sayma obtained his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine, an MSc in Energy Technology For Developing Countries from Salford University and a PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1994. His early career included roles as a research assistant at the Department of Aeronautics and the Rolls-Royce Vibrations University Technology Centre - both at Imperial College London. He progressed to Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics at Brunel University, before becoming a Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics at the University of Sussex. He joined City, University of London in 2013 as a Professor of Energy Engineering. At City, Abdulnaser held the positions of Associate Dean for Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2014-2019) and the interim Dean in 2019 in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He is the founder and leader of the Turbomachinery and Energy System Research group, that focuses on thermal energy, power generation from renewable resources, and waste heat recovery and thermal energy storage. He has been the director of the ThermoFluid Research Centre since 2019, which has expanded in 2023 and become the Energy, Sustainability and Net-Zero Research Centre. His research team attracts substantial research funding from the European Commission, EPSRC, InnovateUK, and industry. He is also the founder and chairman of the European Micro Gas Turbine Forum (EMGTF) and has been a member of the Technology Board for the European Turbine Network (ETN) (2014-2020), as well as being an active member of the Association of Decentralised Energy since 2019.

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