Loughborough University Graduations

VEXO attends Loughborough Graduation Ceremony and awards VEXO Prize to Sanjith Ephram and Martin Bennett.

VEXO has been collaborating with Loughborough University since 2018, sponsoring PhD students and supporting MSc students, awarding the VEXO prize for the most challenging research in building energy on the MSc programme Low Energy Building Services.

This year we are pleased to award this prize to Martin Bennett who achieved a PgD with Distinction and Sanjith Ephram who achieved a MSc with Merit. Owais Takolia, from the sales team, was present on the day to give out the prizes.

Sanjith Ephram said: “Thank you Vexo International for the award. I am really honoured to be considered for the award. Thank you for making me feel that I had worked hard for something that is important. This award is a recognition for the hard work I put in for the Master’s course in Low Energy Building Services Engineering from Loughborough University and inspiration for my future assignments. This award is much appreciated.”

Dr. Mahroo Eftekhari (MSc Course Director) said: “Our MSc in Low Energy Building Services Engineering here at Loughborough university school of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is accredited by CIBSE and EI. The MSc has strong support from industry and they provide prizes and scholarship to our graduates with Vexo providing several prizes for ‘Rising stars in building services’. These encourage our students to carry out research dissertation in practical applications and carry out experimental studies in the lab. These prizes provide good opportunities for our students to get motivated and do their best. We appreciate the continued support from Vexo International.”

In 2021, VEXO International announced their ongoing collaboration with Loughborough University on a series of experimental testing, both on purpose build test rigs and live building studies.

The initial wave of test scenarios involved the use of the VEXO Test Rig designed and developed by VEXO’s in-house engineering and product development team in collaboration with students of Loughborough University.

The test rig has been operated by Amr Suliman (PhD Researcher sponsored by VEXO), Dr. Mahroo Eftekhari (MSc Course Director) and Students from MSc Low Energy Building Services Engineering for their dissertations with support of the MSc students. The data from the rig and a live building study is also being used by Enea Dimitris Tseno (PhD Researcher sponsored by VEXO), who aims to develop a machine learning model that uses a digital twin in a virtual reality environment as a training environment for predicting the energy performance of a hydronic HVAC system.

The results from the 3-year PhD and the Artificial Neural Network driven predictor model will be an industry first, providing valuable insight to the correlation between hydronic water quality and energy efficiency and lifecycle, which will allow a ‘cradle to grave’ commissioning and maintenance strategy to be deployed based on the system design and materials selected and an opportunity ‘globally’ for a best practice standard to be developed.

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