In Pictures: First Minister Launches IMPACT

February 21, 2020

IMPACT was officially launched by Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales, at a special ceremony on Thursday 6th February.

The event marked the official opening of Engineering North, home to IMPACT, with speeches and a plaque unveiling within the central atrium of the building.

Speeches. Clockwise: Guests including Dr Gavin Bunting (Associate Professor & SMaRT Assistant Chief Executive), Dr Peter Martin (Hub Manager, Research & Innovation Hub), Dr Dimitrios Pletsas (Senior Fund Development Officer), Professor Perumal Nithiarasu (Deputy Head of College of Engineering and Director of Research) & Honorary Indian Consul for Wales Raj Aggarwal; Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales; Professor Johann Sienz (Director of Innovation and Engagement in the College, and Director of IMPACT); First Minister unveiling the IMPACT plaque; Professor Huw Summers (Head of College), Provost Steve Wilks
Plaque unveiling. R to L: Professor Huw Summers, Professor Nick Lavery, Professor Serena Margadonna, Professor Steve Wilks, Professor Johann Sienz, First Minister, The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea Councillor Peter Black, Ruth Bunting (Associate Head of College).
Model cake. Our fantastic model cake from Celebration Cakes in Swansea – being tried and tested by Professor Johann Sienz and the First Minister.

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to interact with research projects through live demonstrations of some of the current IMPACT related research showcased in the 1,600m2 open plan laboratories.

Attendees were able to learn more about recent developments in robotics and collaborative robotics, Artificial Intelligence, additive manufacturing or 3D printing, the Wind Tunnel (£1.2million wind tunnel facility, used to study the effects of air moving past solid objects) and the Formula One-styled racing car built to compete in Formula Student (an established educational engineering competition held in Europe).

Baxter robot. The Lord Mayor trying out ‘Baxter’ robot with Alex Williams (ASTUTE 2020 Project Assistant)
Ruth Bunting, the First Minister and Professor Johann Sienz at the end of the IMPACT tour!

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