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Summer Bursary Poster Competition

October 14

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Over the summer of 2014, the school of Aeronautical, Automotive Chemical and Materials Engineering (AACME) ran a vacation bursary scheme to give penultimate year undergrads a taste of doing PhD-type research. 

Eight students (below) worked for a period of about 10 weeks on projects ranging across aero, auto, chemical and materials engineering.  Five of these students received funding from the EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant and the remainder received support from the school.  The criteria for being awarded a bursary were that the research should be embedded within an internationally leading group and that it should have strong industrial connections.  

 

Student

Project Title

Supervisor

Seyitan Agbaje

Advanced silica particles as potential catalyst support

Marijana Dragosavac

Amit Barodia

Understanding of 3-dimensional distributions of inter-laminar shear stresses in composite laminate beams under DBS

Gang Zhou

Brekan Binks

The effect of Liner bias on Secondary Electron Imaging in a field Emission Gun SEM

Mark Jepson

Tian-Ren Chen

Auto Code Generation of Embedded Software for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Cunjia Liu

Alex Howlett

Axial Compressor Instrumentation Development

Adrian Spencer

 Elliott Palmer

Plasma-driven Organic Synthesis (PlasmOS): Translation to Continuous Flow

Hemaka Bandulasena

 Kirstie Ryan

Alumina Ceramics for Armour Application

Houzheng Wu

 Nicole Sibanda

Production of drug-loaded polymeric nanoparticles in microfluidic devices

Goran Vladisavljevic

From left to right:  the summer bursary students; Kirstie Ryan with her winning poster; and, one of the judges, Barry Haworth, in discussion with Alex Howlett
From left to right: the summer bursary students; Kirstie Ryan with her winning poster; and, one of the judges, Barry Haworth, in discussion with Alex Howlett

 

The projects were rounded off with a poster competition held in the AAE Display Area at the end of September.  In return for free food, all the bursary students prepared an A1 poster, describing their research findings. Over lunch, the supervisors, guests and a panel of judges circulated amongst the students to view the posters, ask questions and find out more about their research experience over the summer.  The standard of work was extremely high and the students showed that even in a short period of time they had developed significant expertise in their specialist area of research. Elliot Palmer and Amit Barodia were awarded Highly Commended certificates and Kirstie Ryan was awarded the first prize of £100 for her work on Alumina Ceramics.  Thanks are due to Pat Storer who organised the lunch and poster event. The school will be looking to repeat the summer bursary scheme in 2015, as a way of improving recruitment to PhD positions.

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