The Faculty of Engineering and Computing aims to do its part in moving UTech towards a culture which includes conducting applied research and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students' projects in its two schools: the School of Engineering (SoE) and the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT).
The Faculty is now organising its research activities into five sections headed by Research Coordinators as follows:
- Information Technology in Tourism and Travel
- Electronic Business Models
- Software Development
- Information Security, Cyber Crime and Infrastructure Protection
- Mobile Communication and Ambient Intelligence
- Heat Transfer and Energy
- Chemical & Biological Engineering
The Faculty has expanded its capability to carry out research by means of three laboratories in the School of Engineering:
- Virtual Reality & Communications Research Laboratory, which has state-of-the-art 3D tracking technology, graphical modeling & web-development software, and is the home of our cardiac simulator research collaboration.
- Tribology Lab, which has equipment for investigating wear of sugar cane rollers.
- Environmental & Bioprocess Lab, still under construction, which is capable of waste water characterization and has an anaerobic reactor.
The Faculty has taken an important step in formalising its collaboration with industry and commerce through the launch of the Computing and Engineering Extension Centre, which brings together previous initiatives such as the Industrial Cell and Engineering Training Centre. You will be hearing much more from the Extension Centre in the future.
The Industrial Cell is directly linked to HEART/NTA and collaborates with them on various research efforts. There are also industrial researches in progress through this medium. Many of the projects handled by the Cell are novel ideas seeking engineering specifications for patent registration. The projects offer good opportunities to exercise engineering theory into a practical environment. Each final year student in SoE is required to undertake an Industrial project that may incorporate Industrial Cell projects and/or lecturers' research. These projects offer the student the opportunity to apply engineering theory as well as proper project management principles.