Through a series of industry evenings, employer networking events and workshops, Made in Brunel gives design and engineering graduates from Brunel University London a chance to discuss their final projects with industry leaders and kick-start their careers.
This year the event theme was ‘only the beginning’ which encouraged students to consider how the learning experience at Brunel has prepared them for their future endeavours. Made in Brunel challenges students to create design products that not only look good, but also work well or solve problems.
Case study of a final project: Solveiga Pakštaitė
Solveiga Pakštaitė (pictured above), a 22-year-old Brunel University London Design alumna, created Bump Mark, a bioreactive food label that offers a clear indication of when food is starting to deteriorate. She was recently awarded a national James Dyson scholarship award for the project.
The bioreactive gelatine label is completely smooth when food is fresh, but once a bump develops, due to the gelatine breaking down, it means that the food should be thrown away. As gelatine is protein, it decays at the same rate as protein-based foods like meat.
Solveiga was originally inspired by her research into unnecessary food wastage, use-by dates and improving food expiry information for blind and visually impaired people. The issue she found was that ‘best before’, ‘sell-by’ and ‘use-by’ dates all rely on visual identification. Food dates have also been criticised for being inaccurate or misleading, meaning that fresh food is often thrown away unnecessarily.
Commenting on the project and the Dyson accolade, Solveiga said: “I never expected to win because it was always such an experimental project. I think that Brunel is a great place to push boundaries and I saw my major project as an opportunity to pursue something really different.”
Solveiga has a patent pending on the invention and is talking to several contacts about taking the idea further.
Design and Engineering Courses at Brunel
Brunel University London is a modern, campus-based university, providing a world class education. The university has particular strengths in the areas of design and engineering and offers a wide range of courses from Product Design to Industrial and Multimedia Design. You can find a list of all courses offered at Brunel here.
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