(10 December 2018) - Vladimirs Horjkovs has been appointed the new researcher representative on the steering group of the Association of Engineering Doctorates. Horjkovs is in his final year of EngD at a consortium of universities led by Heriot-Watt University (CDT in Applied Photonics). He is sponsored by AMETEK Taylor Hobson Ltd, an ultra-precision technology company with expertise in the field of surface, roundness and form metrology.
(30 June 2018) - STREAM alumnus Alemayehu Shitaye (Alex) Asfaw has won an International Water Association Project Innovation Award, based on work in his EngD project on real-time abstraction management at the University of Sheffield.
(2 May 2018) - The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has highlighted the economic impact of EngD research undertaken at Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE). Research undertaken by Dr Christian Christodoulou is estimated to have saved over £2m per annum through improvements in ongoing highway maintenance programmes.
(30 April 2018) - A University of Bristol EngD research engineer has helped a Somerset business win its second Queen's Award in five years. On Saturday 21 April 2018, Jo Bird, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of lifesaving and fire safety equipment storage, won The Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2018.
(14 June 2017) - A Swansea University researcher, Alex Harold, has beaten over 5000 applicants to win an international award for her work using proteins derived from soil bacteria to develop a new anti-corrosion coating for steel.
Organised by Tata Group, the competition highlights and rewards innovation within research and development, right across Tata’s activity. This meant Alex’s entry was up against projects from divisions such as Tata Steel Europe, Jaguar Landrover and Tata Global Beverages.
Of the 5000 entries, 51 teams were shortlisted and represented at the final in Mumbai. Alex’s project was announced as the winner of the “Dare to Try” award, one of the twelve categories in the competition.
Alex is a TATA Steel UK engineering doctorate student at Swansea University. Her winning project was called ‘Superhydrophobic Coatings from Bacterial Proteins’. A material that is “hydrophobic” is one that repels water – in effect, waterproof. The cells of a common soil bacteria have hydrophobic properties, and Alex used these to develop her new coating.