Chemical Engineering Summer Challenge
16 July 2019
UCL's Access and Widening Participation team ran a six week summer challenge in various STEM and humanities subjects for Year 12 students attending state schools in or near London, who are academically high achieving.
The Department of Chemical Engineering also participated in this challenge which was led by Prof. Alberto Striolo and Dr. Matteo Salvalaglio. The students were working on finding solutions to various problems by taking inspiration from nature. They were exposed to various chemical engineering themes within the summer challenge including motivational talks and lab demonstrations from the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, Industries (United Down and GSK), Biochemical Engineering, Electrochemical Innovation labs, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, AdReNa and Fluid Dynamics labs.
PhD students Nidhi Kapil, Mehzabin Patel, Turan Erkal and Zeynep Sumer were mentoring and guiding the students through their projects. The challenge was concluded with an interesting and inspiring talk by Head of Department and Director of CNIE Prof. Marc-Olivier Coppens on describing Nature inspired solutions which can help and provide guidance in solving the grand engineering challenges. The summer challenge ignited lot of curiosity and enthusiasm among the students towards the field of chemical engineering and its various aspects in day to day life.