'People always says that PhD studies are the most challenging part of life. But the PhD study at BME makes me not feel that tough, instead, it gives me the calmness and the balance between work and life when doing my research. It teaches me how to make an enjoyable PhD life. And I also have time to do my hobbies, I am a marathon runner.' More
Friday, 11 December 2020
‘Doing research is an enjoyable job for me’ – interview with He Haijun
Thursday, 29 October 2020
Aiming high-quality education, with empathy towards students
Dr Szabolcs Berezvai graduated on PhD level in July 2020, and he is already rated as the most excellent lecturer of BME, out of nearly one thousand lecturers, and gained the honours of the Best Lecturer of BME. Interview with Szabolcs Berezvai, the senior lecturer of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics. More
Monday, 26 October 2020
'During planning phase, getting to know the future user is essential'
Friday, 16 October 2020
'I believe in the power of motivation, and the child-like curiosity' - interview with Dr Attila Csobán
Attila Csobán: I became delighted. I am very proud of it. I was having a look at my mailbox, and my eyes fell on a mail sent by Zsombor Pollák, who was the president of the student council at the time, telling me, that I gained this award. It was a warm, pleasant feeling. When lecturers leave academic life without transferring their complete knowledge, it is my most tremendous heartache. It is an honour itself that I can teach. More
Monday, 28 September 2020
’It is an honour, that the students apperciate my work’
You gained the ’Excellent Lecturer of BME’ prize. How did you take this honour?
It surprised me. It was just a few weeks ago, that I received an email from the students’ union of BME, informing about the prize. I felt delighted and pleased that I got the award based on the students’ assessment of lecturers. However, I did not expect it.
The reason could be, perhaps, that I handle students as equal partners. This prize is, although, not only my honour. I give lab courses, where it is much easier to connect and get feedback. It is less rewarding to speak for an hour and a half in front of hundreds of people. More
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Can we use drones as forest fire sensors? How do bullet-proof vests work? Interview with Tamás Kalmár-Nagy
'I research diverse topics, and mechanistic turbulence has aerodynamical relevance, moreover, is an exciting model with a great heritage.' More
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Startup - Reducing carbon footstep with minimal compromises
The Respray team started to think about creating refillable aerosol cans and their refilling machines. The team is made up of two students: Andor Réti, mechanical engineer student of BME, and Gergely Zámbó, a finance and accounting student of Corvinus University.
In the 2nd semester of the Startup Campus program, gained a 15 million HUF (49000 USD) subsidy, allowing them to create the prototype of the first self-driven machine and can. The objective of Respray is the cooperation with major firms in the deodorant distribution. Interview.
How did you find the idea of the refillable aerosol cans?
Andor Réti: Our common fields of interest are environmental protection and business; this gave birth to this idea. We believe that environmental protection can only be successful if opportunities for reducing carbon footsteps require only a minimal compromise for the consumer. We focused on aerosol cans, as aerosols have adverse health effects, and also produce waste, is caused by petroleum gases, while our solution uses compressed air. Thus the future users will not inhale hydrocarbons. More
Friday, 4 September 2020
'My objective is to do something really relevant for science, having an impact on people's life'
You graduated as a mechanical engineer at the La Sapienza University of Rome in 2008. Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering?
Since when I was in high school, I was fascinated by the possibility of predicting the dynamics of physical objects by using mathematics. This made me love physics and in particular mechanics. When I had to choose which university to go to, I was undecided between mechanical engineering and physics, what I knew is that I wanted to deal with mechanics. In the end, I chose mechanical engineering because it gives more job opportunities. More
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
‘To solve a difficult medtech problem, I used image processing and AI’
'I have lived in Budapest for a year during my bachelor's degree. I won a scholarship for a sandwich degree, which meant a two semester-long period of my bachelor's in Hungary. To tell the truth, I did not know much about Hungary before, but when I got to Budapest, I saw that it is a beautiful city, with classical buildings and friendly people. After this year, which is a fond memory for me, I returned to Brazil, but I kept thinking about Budapest.
During my masters in Brazil, I got to know about the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, and that it is available for PhD as well. That time I have already decided to continue my studies in a PhD programme. I started searching for doctoral programmes for mechanical engineering, that is how I have found the BME and especially the Department of MOGI (Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics). I also had a look at the scientific performance of the professors and lecturers here, seeing, that they are highly qualified and are doing serious research, like my supervisor, Balázs Vince Nagy. Besides, I already had some friends who studied here and were satisfied with the education and the research opportunities.' More
Friday, 28 August 2020
Helpful professors and comprehensive equipment at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering – interview with Gao Min
Gao Min, an alumna of Guangxi University, China, is a PhD student of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering researches retina stimulation opportunities at the Department of Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics.
We talked not only about her research topic, but also her favourite Hungarian dishes and places in Budapest.
'As a master student, I had a dream to study on PhD level abroad. My husband applied and received the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship. Then we decided to come to Hungary together. It was an easy task to choose BME as an optical engineer, as there is a well-known department focusing on optics at the university (BME MOGI). Here I met my supervisor, Dr. Balázs Vince Nagy, researcher of human vision.' More
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
’We have to be realistic about the social-economical aspects of technological development’
In the first part of the BME Mechanical Engineering Blog interview series, we talked with Ákos Gyenge, and Donát Takács, students of our faculty, as a team won the big gold of the competition with their work in the category ’Smart cities and sustainable lifestyle’. Interview.
'The whole work was a great professional challenge: although I attended a few university lectures regarding urbanism, I have never delved into the topic this deeply before. However, the most challenging aspect was something else: considering the economic and social effects in the long term of novel, exciting solutions. The results of the current, rapid technological development are undoubtedly impressive, but the last decades have proven that these developments can have unexpected yet significant social and ecological consequences. Moreover, the development of a city has a much larger inertia, than e.g. the smartphone market does: urban developments are hard to reverse and usually have long-term effects.' More
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
’I projected tech issues on economic processes, covering business and legal aspects as well’
In the second part of the BME Mechanical Engineering Blog interview series, we talked with Balázs Riskutia, the winner of the category Platform Economy: AI, robotics and green technologies.
What was the biggest challenge in this project?
Undoubtedly, the biggest challenge was the research through the various types of literature. Platform economy as a topic is discussable from several points of view. I got to the result with the help of legal, technological, IT, economy and business review articles. To be satisfied by an abstract, general platform model is definitely tempting. But we can only see the big picture of the platform economy if we get to know the technological processes that led to its emergence, if recognise its integration in the institutionalised society and if we can follow how the platform economy creates novel business models for companies. On the whole, the challenge was to collect a set of articles with appropriately diverse approaches from which one can still construct a unified view for the reader. More
Monday, 10 August 2020
Startup of BME energy engineering students makes a revolution in the e-mobility
Four of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering students, launched a startup for developing an application for e-mobility navigation. This startup was born as a project not only winning the MVM Edison energy startup contest but also receiving investment from a subsidiary. Interview with Kornél Kálmán, co-founder of Volteum.
Kornél Kálmán: In the current Volteum team, four of the founders are contributing, and all started at BME on Energy Engineering BSc programme. We have got to know each other at the Student Association of Energy on BME, where we participated in various projects and also the management of the association. Besides our studies, we were also curious about the challenges and current development directions. We always have wanted to be part of these, so we got into the rapidly growing e-mobility sector. More
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Robot sound research to be tested with a waiter robot
Thursday, 2 July 2020
A forgotten XX. century mechanical engineer from BME, with world sucess
Monday, 29 June 2020
Not a pioneer, but a humble, sensible woman - portrait of the first Hungarian female mechanical engineer, Vilma Mahrer
The time, when the contemporary newspaper-reading public got to know her, was when the daily newspaper Az Ujság interviewed with her in the apartment of her parents, one day after her graduation.
Why did you decide to be an engineer? – asked the Az Ujság. Her childhood friends were ambitious girls, ’all of them planned to be a professional’, Mahrer replied, ’to study to be a teacher, a doctor, an industrial artist, or a painter.’ Although her parents would have liked her rather stay at home, Vilma had a passionate interest in science, technology and engineering, and she did not imagine herself as a girl ’waiting for the fianceé at home.’ The fact that she would be the first female mechanical engineer inspired her even more. More
Thursday, 11 June 2020
'Studying at BME was one of the best decisions ever made in my life'
'Attending BME was one of the best things that ever happened in my life. I made good friends in the dorm, I could live a vibrant social life, and I could study, which attracted me the most: energetics. The university taught me autonomy and opened my eyes. I realised my attitude towards work and career. On a ’Building services systems’ lesson, the lecturer advertised a project: the measurement of the heating system of the Széchenyi Spa in Budapest. That was the first time when I had the opportunity to work independently, without external pressure. Afterwards, I participated in several measurement projects brought by the industrial relations of the university. There I could implement the knowledge gained at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. I was outstandingly well-paid, with a part-time commitment. Primarily, I could finance my bike tours and equipment.' More
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Advanced tools and software serving research and education at the Department of Applied Mechanics
'A prestigious university with talented lecturers in a fascinating destination'
'I have heard a lot about Budapest from my friends came here for their Erasmus semesters. I knew that it is a fascinating city with lots of possibilities for culture and fun. However, it is really different to experience something from first hand and I was also afraid of what was waiting for me since I was in a different country with its different language. I was so lucky, due to my Hungarian mentor Balazs Bokor was there to pick me up from the airport, and he showed me around the city. When I was on top of the Gellert hill for the first time, I was truly impressed! I felt suddenly so excited to spend two full years in this city.' More
Thursday, 4 June 2020
'I enjoyed every single moment of FameLab' – interview with Lilla Asztalos, domestic winner of the 2019 contest
Lilla Asztalos, Ph.D. student of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Material Science and Technology, won the Hungarian final of FameLab, science communication contest, having an opportunity to appear on the Cheltenham world final.'On FameLab, you need to perform with two different speeches in the final and the semi-final. The international final is held in a British town, Cheltenham, at the Science Festival, where you also have two speeches. The audience is usually local, including many school classes – this event aims, that young people should meet science and researchers. The reason, why a finalist should prepare with two speeches because the as many faces of science should be shown as we can – repeating is disliked just as on tv. A lot of attitudes on science can be found at the event, which is another virtue. Visionary innovators, and researchers peeling off clickbait, are also included.' More
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
'When I'll return to my country, I would like to implement the research tradition, scientific knowledge, and skills I gained at BME'
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
'Our hemodynamic research promote avoiding brain haemorrhages'
'What we can assume based on our current understanding, and can be valid for all types of aneurysm, is that irregular time-dependent flow patterns can come into existence, which modifies the structure of the vessel wall, initiating and eventually growing an aneurysm. In the process, this local irregular flow mechanically disproportionately stresses the endothelium. The endothelium – in effect – translates this mechanical signal into a biochemical one, which promotes a set of biological processes, to form an aneurysm.
The study of aneurysm formation mechanisms is a bit closer to what we can call basic research. Its clinical significance is, probably, that the doctors can have more in-depth knowledge with such information, about the natural course of the illness. Yet, our research findings can have practical impacts as well.' More
Thursday, 21 May 2020
‘An excellent environment for education and research’
The renovation of our faculty’s 150 square meter lab hall in Building G was finished in the middle of April 2020. For this occasion, we had a review of the investments of the last few years. About the lab renovation, we interviewed Márton Takács, associate professor, deputy head of the Department of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. More
Monday, 18 May 2020
Three cathegories were won by BME-GPK teams in pneumobile competition
|Contest of 2019|
The first prize in the 'Most innovative vehicle' and 'Best technical documentation' cathegories were gained by the team BME Műszakik AiR-115, of our faculty. The team's tutor was Dr. Zsolt Farkas, the senior lecturer of BME-GPK (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering), Department of Machine and Product Design.
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
'The mathematic models we use enable us to analyse various complex networks'
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Former GPK MOGI student researched the navigation of jumping robots on asteroids in Japan
'My research was in connection with small exploration rovers, to be sent on foreign celestial bodies. These rovers have to be controlled in various ways. For instance, with remote control, the Moon is easily reachable in a few seconds. But between Earth and Mars, it takes some minutes, so they are out of reach in real-time. Thus, the robot can navigate itself with computer vision. From the image, it has to recognize obstacles, for instance, if there is a rock: the rover has to realize that it cannot cope with the rock and evade.' More
Friday, 17 April 2020
Researchers of our faculty are testing renewable fuels for aviation
Members of the Combustion Research Group at the Department of Energy Engineering focus on low emission combustion research. Interview with Viktor Józsa, senior lecturer, and Gyöngyvér Hidegh, PhD student.
Viktor Józsa: The phrase ‘combustion’ covers multiple fields, including combustion theory, combustion technology, combustion-related numerical simulations, and in a general context, the use of fire by mankind. Even cooking can be classified here, however, instead of stoves, we focus on industrial and power plant applications.
What made you pursue research in this field? Why combustion?
Gyöngyvér Hidegh: This topic grabbed my attention in the spring of 2015. I was impressed by that Viktor, and another colleague, Attila Kun-Balog, are how enthusiastic about their research to find explanations for various interesting phenomena and challenges in this field.
Conquered not only space, but international science
After the successful launch, the SMOG-P PocketQube satellite, developed by BME, has reached orbit and still operating perfectly. An interview with Viktor Józsa and Róbert Kovács, assistant professors of BME, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Energy Engineering, who are lead mechanical engineers of the satellite project.
Not only the recyclable materials can make a boat environmentally more friendly – interview with Zoltán Mezey, senior lecturer of BME Department of Polymer Technology
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
'I wanted to create useful tools, even as a teenager' - interview with Klára Wenzel, private professor of BME MOGI
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
What can a designer and a researcher create together? Turning a pub free of waste! Interview with Tibor Gungl and Ákos Kmetty
Ákos Kmetty (left),Tibor Gungl (right)
Why did you choose the Department of Polymer Technology at BME?