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Reference Number EP/L01582X/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 15%;
Not Energy Related 85%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor W Powrie
No email address given
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2014
End Date 01 July 2023
Duration 111 months
Total Grant Value £3,149,530
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles; Water; Construction; Energy
Region South East
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor W Powrie , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor JM (Jonathon ) Preston , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr PS Kemp , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Calgary, Canada (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fugro GeoServices Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Southampton City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thames Water Utilities Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Buro Happold Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Environmental Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chinese Academy of Sciences (0.000%)
Project Contact , Network Rail Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sandia National Laboratories, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of California, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Washington, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lloyd's Register (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (0.000%)
Project Contact , China Three Gorges University (0.000%)
Project Contact , TWI Technology Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wessex Water Services Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department of the Army, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Federal University of Lavras, Brazil (0.000%)
Project Contact , Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ), Brazil (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fisheries and Oceans Canada (0.000%)
Project Contact , Humboldt State University, California, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hydro Tasmania, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Melbourne, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , CEMIG, Brazil (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nova Scotia Department of Energy, Canada (0.000%)
Project Contact , Southern Water Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Kilbride Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , RWE Generation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , United States Department of the Interior (0.000%)
Project Contact , WJ Groundwater Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Wollongong, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Uppsala University, Sweden (0.000%)
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Abstract UK economic growth, security, and sustainability are in danger of being compromised due to insufficient infrastructure supply. This partly reflects a recognised skills shortage in Engineering and the Physical Sciences. The proposed EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists needed to meet the challenge of providing Sustainable Infrastructure Systems critical for maintaining UK competitiveness. The CDT will focus on Energy, Water, and Transport in the priority areas of National Infrastructure Systems, Sustainable Built Environment, and Water. Future Engineers and Scientists must have a wide range of transferable and technical skills and be able to collaborate at the interdisciplinary interface. Key attributes include leadership, the ability to communicate and work as a part of a large multidisciplinary network, and to think outside the box to develop creative and innovative solutions to novel problems. The CDT will be based on a cohort ethos to enhance educational efficiency by integrating best practices of traditional longitudinal top-down / bottom-up learning with innovative lateral knowledge exchange through peer-to-peer "coaching" and outreach. To inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists an outreach supply chain will link the focal student within his/her immediate cohort with: 1) previous and future cohorts; 2) other CDTs within and outside the University of Southampton; 3) industry; 4) academics; 5) the general public; and 6) Government. The programme will be composed of a first year of transferable and technical taught elements followed by 3 years of dedicated research with the opportunity to select further technical modules, and/or spend time in industry, and experience international training placements. Development of expertise will culminate in an individual project aligned to the relevant research area where the skills acquired are practiced. Cohort building and peer-to-peer learning will be on-going throughout the programme, with training in leadership, communication, and problem solving delivered through initiatives such as a team building residential course; a student-led seminar series and annual conference; a Group Design Project (national or international); and industry placement. The cohort will also mentor undergraduates and give outreach presentations to college students, school children, and other community groups. All activities are designed to facilitate the creation of a larger network. Students will be supported throughout the programme by their supervisory team, intensively at the start, through weekly tutorials during which a technical skills gap analysis will be conducted to inform future training needs. Benefitting from the 120M investment in the new Engineering Campus at the Boldrewood site the CDT will provide a high class education environment with access to state-of-the-art computer and experimental facilities, includinglarge-scale research infrastructure, e.g. hydraulics laboratories with large flumes and wave tanks which are unparalleled in the UK. Students will benefit from the co-location of engineering, education, and research alongside industry users through this initiative. To provide cohort, training, inspiration and research legacies the CDT will deliver:1) Sixty doctoral graduates in engineering and science with a broad understanding of the challenges faced by the Energy, Water, and Transport industries and the specialist technical skills needed to solve them. They will be ambitious research, engineering, industrial, and political leaders of the future with an ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation when working as part of teams. 2) A network of home-grown talent, comprising of several CDT cohorts, with a greater capability to solve the "Big Problems" than individuals, or small isolated clusters of expertise, typically generated through traditional training programmes
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