The EngEx recently transitioned to a co-directors’ model. The intent was two-fold. We wanted to both increase the support we can offer London communities in tackling problems that concern them, and give UCL specialists the opportunity to increase community engagement in their own work.
This means that in addition to the wide range of projects we support relating to engineering and the built environment, we will also be focusing more resources on three research themes: green infrastructure, the circular economy and smart cities.
We would like to welcome our 3 new co-directors:
Dr Aiduan Borrion is Lecturer in Sustainable Infrastructure, in UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. She is also the Engineering Exchange’s new Education Coordinator. She will focus on the circular economy and issues relating to waste and sustainable infrastructure.
Dr Ed Manley is a lecturer in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) in UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He will focus on smart cities technologies and big data, including data visualisation, monitoring and modelling and how these can be used to understand processes of urban change.
Dr Carla Washbourne is a lecturer in UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. She will focus on evidence relating to green infrastructure including sustainable drainage systems. She will look at how they impact on air pollution, housing, regeneration, health, well-being and environmental quality.
Our three new co-directors will develop their own community engagement, teaching and learning and internal outreach activities relating to their areas of academic specialism.