Industrial Advisory Board

The purpose of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE) is to advise the Management Committee of the Department, composed of the Head of Department (HoD), Deputy Heads of Department Teaching and Research (DHoD (T) and (R)), and Heads of Research Centres, on all aspects of the operation of the Department, including its policy and strategy, and to assist the Department in their implementation, especially in its activities involving or impacting on industry.

The Board is constituted by members from industry, Senior members of EE Academic staff and some support staff, all appointed to the Board by the Head of Department. The Board is chaired by an industrialist appointed by the Head of Department.

IAB’s role is advisory, rather than decision making to help give the skills to industry that can ensure students can progress into future careers.

The aim is to be a forum for strategic discussion and to assist with industry related operational aspects of the Departmental undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programmes.

Remit of the board and terms of reference

The purpose of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EE) is to advise the Management Committee of the Department, composed of the Head of Department (HoD), Heads of Research Centres and the Director of Teaching, on all aspects of the operation of the Department, including its policy and strategy, and to assist the Department in their implementation, especially in its activities involving or impacting on industry.

The Board is constituted by members from industry, and Senior members of EE Academic staff, all appointed to the Board by the Head of Department. The Board is chaired by an industrialist appointed by the Head of Department.

The key roles includes:

  • Advising on the overall strategy and direction of the EE Department, particularly in terms of issues such as undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PGT) and CPD teaching programmes, corporately-orientated research, corporate engagement; external image, identity and positioning of the Department; and other questions of strategy and direction that may arise
  • Supporting the Department in promoting professional training in industry
  • Assisting the Department in securing industrial projects for UG and MSc students
  • Advising the Department on its Doctoral Training Programme
  • Assisting the Department in providing internship placements for PhD students
  • Sponsoring UG and PG prizes and to select the winner of the IAB MSc Project Prize
  • Sponsoring the Departmental Research Prize for Excellence in Research and select the winner
  • Contributing to teaching activities
  • Advising the Department on key professional skills required by industry
  • Assisting and advising in responding to evaluation submissions
  • Helping to establish and develop the EE Department’s position within networks of practice, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Advising on fund raising activities, including identifying opportunities especially those most relevant to the focus areas of the Department
  • Acting as a sounding board for new ideas and developments in the Department
  • Assisting the EE Management Committee to build and deliver cases for institutional change where these are required
  • Advising on the areas of science relevant to longer-term industrial development in Electronic Engineering
  • Reviewing the portfolio of academic projects, both planned and current, and support as appropriate (with practical help, letters, etc as appropriate) to ensure relevance
  • Identifying overlapping interests, encourage their exposure to help form research consortia in pre-competitive areas, and monitor the level of collaboration
  • Advising on opportunities for commercialisation of research
  • Ensuring that a vision is maintained of where the Department should be in a rolling five-year period, and help develop its unique selling point or hallmark of success

This page highlights the broad skill-sets in electronics research, products and services of individuals and companies involved with the Electronic Engineering Department's Industrial Advisory Board. Further details of our members can be found below.

Many thanks to valuable contributions from Thales, British Telecom, Real Wireless Ltd, EADS Astrium, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Fujitsu Laboratories Europe, National Instruments UK, Elekta Ltd, BBC, Sony, Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd, Reed Satellite Studies Ltd within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept.

NAME PLACE OF WORK ABOUT
Mr Mike Fitch & Mr Paul Woodward British Telecom plc Broadband, phone lines and digital TV for UK homes. Mobile, security, networked IT and voice services for businesses and organisations around the world
Mr Simon Fletcher Real Wireless Ltd  
Mr Philip McCluskey Rohde and Schwarz Ltd T&M instruments and systems from Rohde & Schwarz are setting standards worldwide in research, development, production, and service
Mr Martin Moseley EADS Astrium A subsidiary of EADS and leading European space company offering launchers, satellites, satellite equipment and space industry expertise
Dr Richard Moseley BAE Systems Applied Intelligence BAE Systems Applied Intelligence collect, exploit and manage data to turn it into intelligence to make operations smarter, secure and more efficient
Dr Adel Rouz Fujitsu Laboratories Europe (FLE) Fujitsu Laboratories Europe (FLE) is a multidisciplinary centre which, as part of Fujitsu's global R&D activity, conducts research in the fields of information
Mr Anthony Sims National Instruments UK (NI) National Instruments UK leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined automation, test and measurement
Dr Giulia Thompson Elekta Ltd Elekta Ltd is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders
Mr Alan Turner Sony Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets
Mr Daniel Woolley BBC Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains - wherever you are, whatever your age
Mr Tony Reed Reed Satellite Studies Ltd Reed Satellite Studies Ltd is a management and consulting company for satellite applications

Every year, students and staff have a real opportunity to present to the Industrial Advisory Board members and Department Staff at the Poster Session. Some highlights are shown below.

2013

Cable and Wireless prize for MSc in Satellite Communications Engineering or Communication Networks and Software

Sourabh GUPTA

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Level 2

The Leo James Award

A prize of £100 and one year membership of the Institute of Measurement and Control,  awarded to the student with the best performance in linear systems analysis and control (Electronics III) in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the second stage of the undergraduate degree programmes.

Mbanwie NDIFON AJECK

The Save and Prosper Travel Scholarship

A prize of up to £750 for the best performance in the undergraduate second year, to allow travel within the UK or abroad in order to explore an engineering topic.

Ben OCKMORE

National Instruments Project Prize

A prize of an engraved iPod shuffle is awarded to each student in the winning team of the Enterprise Project within the Level 2 Laboratories, Design and Professional Studies modules.

Peter BRADLEY
James HALL
Andrew COTTRELL
Rohan SRIVASTAVA
Bruno KLOPOTT
Jennifer ROWSELL
Calum SMITH

Levels 3 and 4

The Oclaro Technology Prize

A prize of £500 awarded for the best final year undergraduate performance in the optoelectronics module.  Prize is split 50/50

Lorenzo RICHES
Gabriel CASANO CARNICER

The DTI MEng Prize

A prize of £100 for the best all-round performance by a student graduating with the degree of Master of Engineering.

Brian STARKEY

The DTI Radio Frequency Engineers Education Initiative Prize

A prize of £250 awarded for the best undergraduate Radio Frequency project.

Samuel WILLIAMS
Firat NUR

The EASAMS Technology Award

A prize of £200 awarded for the best final year project by a student on a BEng programme in Electronics and Computer Engineering.

Samuel WILLIAMS

The IEEE Project Prize in Telecommunication

A prize of £100 awarded for the best final year undergraduate project in the area of telecommunications.

Firat NUR

The IET Prize

A certificate and a prize of two year membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology awarded for the best final year project by a student on a BEng/MEng programme in Electronic Engineering.

Andrew HILL

The Sam di Lieto Prize

A prize of £250 awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the life of the Department over the previous two years.

Salim RAMJEAN

The BAE Systems Detica prize

A prize of £350 for the best final year project by a student on a BEng/MEng programme in Electronic Engineering in the area of Digital Signal Processing applied to communications and/or audio-visual signals.

Richard ALLWOOD

Professional Training

All Professional Training prizes share a common citation and are “awarded for exceptional performance during Professional Training”.  Awards are given to the best students as determined by a ranked list of Professional Training marks. The best student will receive the highest value prize, the second best student the next highest value prize 

The DR Chick Prize

An award, to a student in the Department of Electronic Engineering, of £250 for exceptional performance during Professional Training

Ankur BANERJEE

RJA Seebold Prize

An award, to a student in the Department of Electronic Engineering, of £200 for exceptional performance during Professional Training

Gabriel CASANO CARNICER

2012

EE Department Excellence in Research Prize 

Awarded for ground breaking research in electric propulsion systems and the innovation within the field

Dr Aaron KNOLL

Surrey Space Centre, Electric Propulsion for Small Satellites
 

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Many students at the University of Surrey take a Professional Training Year between their second and final year as an Industrial Placement. This provides invaluable experience and training for students during the course of their degree. It also provides an opportunity for employers to attract excellent students to work for them for a year, many of whom return to their placement employers following completion of their degree. Employer participation in the placement year can play a role in corporate graduate recruitment strategy.

Professional placements typically run for 12 months, from summer to summer. We run a Professional Training Support Office, which manages the liaison with placement companies and students, and advertises placement opportunities to our undergraduates.

Quick Facts

  • Around 60 Students placed in Industry for placement year.
  • Two-thirds are UK students with one-third EU or Overseas students.
  • Employers grade students which contributes to 10% of overall degree mark.
  • Surrey Staff will visit three times for informal meetings.
  • 20% of students get job offers and are often involved in major research.

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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Surrey
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Surrey
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