Graphics, Games and Gadgets Showcased at GradEx09

Lauren Jones with her animatronic polar bear creation

Animatronic polar bears and a collapsible aeroplane to fit in a backpack are just two of the student projects likely to impress would-be employers at this years’ GradEx09 exhibition.

Design, innovation and future technologies will be in abundance at the Staffordshire University show, where graduating Computing, Engineering and Technology students prepare to launch their careers with projects covering the world of gadgets, games and graphics.

Iranian born Reza Hormozi, 25, has already landed himself a job as a result of the work he has prepared for the exhibition.

Already a graduate in Industry Engineering, Reza opted to further his knowledge by studying a BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Systems Design at Staffs Uni.

He was delighted to be offered a year’s placement at JCB during his course, before being invited back to work three days a week while completing his final year of study.

He is currently part of the Design and Development team in the Hydraulic Business Unit where he has been developing a prototype for a groundbreaking new assembly rig, which will dramatically reduce production times. A simulation of the rig will be on display at ‘GradEx09’ taking place on Friday at the University’s Stafford campus.

Jakub Jedrzejewski, 25, from Poland, got the inspiration for his Gradex project from a 94-year-old man he met at the ‘White Eagle’ Polish club in Stafford.

Jakub, who is studying a BSc(Hons) in Film Production Technology, became transfixed with Mr. Luszowicz’s story and decided to make a film about him, which will be premiered at the exhibition.

Mr. Luszowicz was a second world war Special Operations Executive and one of only 316 ‘Silent Dark Ones’ (Cichociemni) - Polish soldiers specially trained in Great Britain to parachute over occupied Poland.

He was forced to flee the country after the communists came to power and eventually moved to Stafford where he became a history teacher.

Charles Minor’s service to the Territorial Army inspired him to build a model surveillance aeroplane that can be conveniently collapsed to fit into a backpack and is resistant to small arms fire.

Although several attempts have been made to create a similar surveillance vehicle, Charles’ design looks set to provide the solution, with the US army giving its full support to his project.

Charles, a BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering student, has now joined the 2nd Battalion, 57th Ranger Regiment of the US Army, where he will be employed as a Staff Sergeant and is due to begin a tour of duty in Afghanistan in January 2010.

A mock up of his surveillance plane will be on display at ‘GradEX09’.

Lauren Jones combined her love of polar bears with her expertise in animatronic animation and her concerns about global warming to come up with her final project.

Now, Lauren hopes that by using 3D technology, she can not only expose the beauty of Polar Bears but also raise awareness to their plight.

The ‘GradEx09’ exhibition will take place at the Staffordshire University’s Beaconside Campus on Friday 24th April.

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General public are welcome to attend between 9:30am and 4pm.

Contact - Staffordshire University Press Office – 01785 353608.


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