EEE MEng final-year demonstration day proceeds online
Fourth-year MEng teams in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) have showcased the end-of-year results from their unique and applied projects after the much-anticipated EEE demonstration day moved online.
Despite restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 'jewel in the crown' of the undergraduate teaching programme in EEE - which is usually held on the first Thursday of June each year and marks the culmination of the final-year team project programme - was able to proceed virtually.
Under normal circumstances the lively event extends the full day and occupies two of the Department's largest teaching rooms, plus neighbouring laboratories in the Sackville Street and Ferranti Buildings. Attendance in the morning sessions covers all EEE staff, students and researchers, as well as related departments, with nearly a dozen highly challenging and multidisciplinary projects showcased to an audience of industrial, community and academic stakeholders.
The afternoon would typically involve formal assessments and a send-off for the students after their four years on campus.
Building closures for COVID-19, however, caused students and academics to rethink how best to deliver that impact and assessment while working under lockdown conditions. Instead of the formal assessed team demonstrations, the students worked innovatively with media tools to deliver a series of highly professional video content, enabling their team vivas to be undertaken through live web-based examination.
The quality of that delivery, and the teams' abilities to rapidly restructure their projects to meet most of their original goals and deliver some novel additional ones, is distilled into a short set of video feeds - which the Department is proud to publish on its EEE YouTube Channel.