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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


#ShapeTheWorld Together through Research with ASTUTE 2020 – International Women in Engineering Day 2020

#ShapeTheWorld Together through Research with ASTUTE 2020 – International Women in Engineering Day 2020


Today, 23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day and this year’s theme is ‘Shape the World’ Here at ASTUTE 2020, we are proud to elevate the profile of women engineers and encourage everyone to consider engineering as a profession for all. In this article, we are discussing research, its importance and how collaboration with ASTUTE 2020 can benefit manufacturers in Wales to #ShapeTheWorld. 

Our team of diverse and technical experts plays a crucial role in supporting Welsh manufacturers to #ShapeTheWorld. Project Officer, Helen Maria-Joseph was fascinated by electricity and its innumerable applications from an early age. Her passion for research began at university, first as an undergraduate, postgraduate and then through completing a PhD on fuel cells from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India. With a desire to test hypotheses and solve challenges, her drive for research has known no boundaries, having worked on multiple technological applications from batteries and membrane separation to more recently on refrigerants for environmental test chambers. Helen joined the ASTUTE 2020 team at Swansea University in 2019, working on industry-driven collaborative projects; a rewarding experience that has broadened Helen's knowledge and expertise in different fields, while reaping the benefits of seeing the effect of industry adapting to new advanced technologies. 

Research is currently at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis as multiple business sectors look to adapt and address production challenges to develop solutions in support of the fight against COVID-19. Research is paramount for the creation of knowledge; it provides the basis to develop and create new concepts, procedures and understandings, assisting businesses to exploit new opportunities. Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) are recognised as important factors in driving economic growth for the manufacturing industry, generating increased investment, employment, developing new and improved products and processes, and increasing overall competitiveness. 

During the current lockdown, Helen is continuing to research scientific literature in diverse fields centred in and around the collaborative industrial projects that she is working on. This assimilation of knowledge helps Helen to unlock the challenges posed by the present as well as related industrial problems/challenges. Publishing papers is an integral part of the research, furthering knowledge on global challenges and cooperation. Helen is taking the current time in lockdown to draft research articles as well as conduct research. Reflecting on International Women in Engineering Day, men and women complement one another; wisdom, intellect and knowledge have no gender divide. Hence, she is strongly encouraging girls and women of all ages to set their wings to fly high – the sky alone is the limit.

Research is at the heart of ASTUTE 2020; conducting collaborative research to support the manufacturing industry across Wales, addressing specific challenges while encouraging the stimulation of forward-thinking ideas.

Collaboration plays a critical role in research as Steve Jobs said “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people”, this has never been more poignant as businesses face unprecedented challenges. The importance of research and collaboration will provide lasting benefits for businesses; ASTUTE 2020 can support you to:

  • Consider alternative viewpoints – our world-class academics and technical experts can help you to investigate and address your manufacturing challenges
  • Implement change – facilitate the adoption of advanced technologies, increasing competitiveness and future-proofing
  • Competitive advantage – enabling greater levels of business innovation leading to new and/or improved products, processes and services
  • Improve efficiency – by applying intelligent systems and advanced techniques
  • Made in Wales – encourage the repatriation of supply chains back to Wales from overseas

ASTUTE 2020 can support manufacturing companies across a variety of sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, energy generation, oil and gas, medical devices, electronics, foods, etc., stimulating growth by applying advanced engineering technologies to manufacturing challenges driving cutting-edge research and innovation. ASTUTE 2020 collaborations inspire manufacturing companies to improve and streamline their manufacturing processes, manufactured products and supply chain, generating sustainable, higher-value goods and services and bringing them to a global market.

The ASTUTE 2020 operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions.