Kenji's Blog

Blog for Dr Kenji Takeda at the University of Southampton. Find out about what he's up to in aerodynamics, aircraft noise, flight simulation and Formula One teaching, research and schools outreach. Also see what's going on in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Science and engineering rocks!!!

It's true, science and engineering has built everything we live in, use and rely on. To find out more you can check out the government's great new website - Science: So What? - So Everything.
There are great features and videos about how science is everywhere, it may surprise you. And also how it will save the planet!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

1000mph to the Autosport International Show

What a weekend we had at the NEC Birmingham and the Autosport International Show. Thousands of enthusiasts enjoyed the wonderful display of motorsport machinery at this annual winter warmer.
I think we had, by some way, the fastest car there though. The BLOODHOUND SSC team and Lord Drayson (Science minister) were there telling all about our 1000mph land speed record attempt.
We're all pumped up about 2009, when we'll hopefully see the car built and run. More importantly, we're hoping that everyone can come along for the ride, especially as our education programme ramps up and we get BLOODHOUND into the classroom.
So stay tuned here and at to be part of the adventure!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

RAE - the results are out.... And we're still flying high!

Well, it's been an anxious wait while the results from the mammoth UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 have been decided. We are well pleased with the outcome, again showing that we are in the top 3 engineering universities in the UK, with Cambridge and Imperial. This is a huge achievement, given that the School of Engineering Sciences submitted all of its staff, rather than playing games to try and massage the outcome.
As second in the Aeronautical/Mechanical and Manufacturing 'medal table', we continue to grow our research activities. I'm particularly proud to be part of the new Airbus Noise Technology Centre, helping to make quieter airliners by developing cutting-edge technology, as well as co-Director of the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing.

What a Dame!

What a New Year for one Wendy Hall, eminent professor in our School of Electronics & Computer Science at Southampton... or Dame Wendy as we now call her!
So congratulations to the University of Southampton's First Lady :)
You can find out more at the University of Southampton and on Wendy's home page.