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Introduction

 

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Left to right: (Back row) Matt Jones, James Allison, David Cole,
Tim Johns, Robert Woolley, Mark Graham, Sean Hale;
(Front row) Tony Purnell, Ho-On To, Simon Colliss, Sarah Fern,
Ned Carpenter and Geoff Parks.

For the final year of their undergraduate degree at CUED, all students choose and conduct a major year-long project.  Students can either choose a project from an extensive list or they can propose their own project.

 

Since 2008, several students each year have chosen projects related to Formula 1.  So far, there have been over 15 projects in this area, which have been successfully completed (nearly all received merit or distinction) and these have covered a broad range of topics related to Formula 1.  These projects have been grouped into the themes shown on the left-hand navigation bar.

 

Many of these projects were an initiative of Prof. Tony Purnell, who is currently an RAE Visiting Professor at the department.  Prof. Purnell was formerly Team Principal for the Jaguar Formula 1 team and was later a Technical Consultant to the FIA (the governing body for world motor sport).  The projects were co-supervised by Prof. Purnell and by other members of the department, including Prof. Bill Dawes, Dr. David Cole and Dr. Geoff Parks.

 

At the end of the project, the students travel to Silverstone to present their findings to a specially invited audience of Formula 1 engineers and motorsport journalists in the Lotus Racing motor home (a news article about the 2010 visit is here: Engineering students go to Silverstone).