Amy Johnson Building

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The Amy Johnson Building is the home of ACSE. Since the department was founded in 1968, staff and students have used the building for office and laboratory space. The majority of ACSE Academic, Technical and Support staff can be found in this building.

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Students will use the Amy Johnson Building for their personal tutorials. There are also a number of student laboratories for students to use for their single and group projects. Each lab has all the basic equipment students will need to complete their projects and technicians are in-house to help out with any problems.

Available workrooms for ACSE Students:

  • Two group project workrooms
  • Undergraduate group project workroom
  • Open Access Laboratory

History of the Building

The Department of Control Engineering was founded in 1968 by Professor Harry Nicholson and became based in the building formerly occupied by the Department of Applied Mechanics. Since then, generations of the University of Sheffield’s control and systems students, academics and technical staff have used the building.

During the 1990’s, the building was expanded and the Badger Lane Annex was added. The extension gave way for new labs including the Space Instrumentation Lab. Today, the Badger Lane Annex is home to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) which is devoted to research in control systems and embedded software for Rolls-Royce’s needs.

In 1992, the building was named after Amy Johnson, a pioneering pilot and former student of the University of Sheffield. The building was opened by another University of Sheffield Alumnus – and the first British Astronaut – Helen Sharman in October of the same year.

For further information about the history of ACSE, take a look at our Jubilee pages.