BEST focuses on radio frequency microwave research, civil engineering research, as well as management, economics and planning research.
The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute comprises of staff from the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and was formally recognised by the University as a research institute in 2010. The Institute’s core strategy is to focus on strong external collaboration, establishing links with industry and the public sector in order to conduct research on priority areas addressing industrial and societal challenges and to fit within the UK and international strategies (“Grand Challenges”).
The aim of the research institute is to overcome civil engineering and built environment sustainability challenges by the use of novel technologies and management techniques. The BEST Research Institute has 4 core themes, with sensor development as a cross-cutting theme. (Leading staff members shown in bold):
- Radio Frequency & Microwave research – Shaw
- Novel & bio-based materials – Al Nageim
- Building engineering & construction practice – Cotgrave
- Sustainability & energy management – Maliene
- Sensor development – Kot, Abdullah