Materials Alumni Atlantic Challenge Update
Last year, we added a news story about Olly Clark and Dan Parsons' challenge to row across the Atlantic. With less than 150 days to go before they set off, we have an update on their progress to date from their summer newsletter.
Materials for Energy course runs for a third successful year
In July this year, 38 students arrived in the Materials Department of Loughborough University from across the world to participate in the ‘Materials for Energy’ summer school.
Welbeck College Lower Sixth Engineering Experience
On Monday 8th July, the Loughborough University campus was inundated with students from Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, who came to get a taste of different engineering disciplines....
School of AACME wins 3 out of 6 Enterprise Awards!
Loughborough University Green Belt Relay 2015
As reported previously, a number of the staff and students from the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering took part in the Green Belt Relay 2015 in support of the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Team Leader, Head of the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Adrian Spencer, has found time to write a little about the experience.....
AACME staff and students support the Anthony Nolan Trust
Research collaboration seeks to improve flowmeters
Research collaboration seeks to improve flowmeters
Materials Professor wins Verulam Medal and Prize
Professor Bala Vaidhyanathan from the Department of Materials at Loughborough University, wins medal and prize in recognition of his contributions to the field of ceramic materials
Materials Advanced Ceramics Research Group wins Best Paper Award
A Materials Engineering Research Group wins Best Paper Award from the prestigious Journal of European Ceramic Society.
The Great Materials Bake Off!
Materials staff and students came together in February to share their baking skills and raise some money for the Baby 'Don't Yurt Me' charity, Go Help.
Materials academic wins Hothersall Memorial Award
Professor David Gabe, an Emeritus Professor in the Loughborough University Materials Department has won The Hothersall Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.
Baby Don't Yurt Me
Materials PhD student Charles Jackson is taking part in the ‘Baby Don’t Yurt Me’ Mongolia Charity Rally 2015 this year, driving 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia to Mongolia in a Transit van along with his Fiancée Nikki Batchelor, a Loughborough University Alumnus.
School of AACME secures 8.5 PhD Studentships
Materials PhD student to work at European Space Agency
Balj Samrai, a Materials PhD student is set to work at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk in Holland for six months. ESA has sites in several European countries, but the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, is the largest.
MSc Farewell Dinner 2014
The Department of Materials hosted a dinner at Burleigh Court to say farewell to their MSc students.
Bonding 2014 event announced by Loughborough University Materials Department
Loughborough Materials Departments, along with SAA Universities and BASA (British Adhesives and Sealants Association), have announced a showcase event for the adhesives and sealants industry in the UK and Ireland on 29th and 30th October 2014.
Vacation bursary scheme gives undergrads PhD research experience
The School of AACME (Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering), joins together to offer their undergraduates the opportunity to try out what it's like to do PhD research.
Departments welcome new international students
Materials and Chemical Engineering held an evening welcome event for both the Loughborough China Materials Partnership (LCMP) and the Chemical Engineering China Partnership (CECP).
Materials alumnus develops product to keep motorcyclists safer on the road
Giles Hugo, a Materials Engineering alumnus has developed a product for motorcyclists, which protects visors when not in use and enhances safety whilst on the road.
Innovative teaching method engages students
Lecturer, Dr Mark Jepson, found an innovative way of sharing information on assessment with students, by using chocolate cake!
Singapore Alumni Reunion 2014
More than 30 alumni and their guests gathered at the Orchid Country Club in Singapore in May this year at a special reunion event, held to help celebrate the graduation of the 'Class of 2013' from Loughborough University's Department of Materials.
Materials PhD student wins poster prize
Materials PhD student, Jing Wang won a poster prize at Electrochem 2014 which was held in September at Loughborough University.
Research Day 2014
This year in July the Materials Department held its 10th annual Research Day to showcase work being done by research students and post-doctoral researchers. Prizes were awarded to the best presentations and posters. Over 30 current and prospective industry partners attended and got a unique and detailed insight into the research carried out within the department.
Materials For Energy course a success for a second year
In July this year, thirty nine Year 11 and 12 students from across the UK and Europe have been learning about global energy and the work of materials scientists and engineers as they try to meet global energy demands.
Materials alumni join the 2015 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
After more than two years of preparation, in December 2015, AACME,(formerly IPTME), alumni Dan Parsons and Olly Clark will join 26 other teams to begin the 3,000 mile rowing race starting from La Gomera in the Canary Islands and ending in Antigua. The race typically takes 40-90 days to complete.
Materials staff win Teaching Innovation Award
Simon Hogg, Mark Jepson and Nicola Jennings from Chemistry won a Teaching Innovation Award from the Teaching Centre (£3260) to investigate flipped lecturing.
Fluor contributes to the costs of a new microscope for the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre.
Dr Gary Critchlow awarded Outstanding Service Award
IOM3 Local Affairs Board awards Outstanding Service Awards each year, in recognition of achievement and commitment which has not previously been acknowledged elsewhere. The awards recognise significant contributions to the Institute made through a local group, affiliated society or branch.
New plastic developed by Materials Scientist
A new plastic has been developed to help prevent mobile phones from overheating by Loughborough University Scientist Dr Sara Ronca. The plastic is called ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) which is used to make a variety of products, from prostheses to body armour.
Loughborough Materials Student features in Materials World
Stuart Robertson a 5th year MEng Student studying Design with Engineering Materials, has featured in the February edition of Materials World, the monthly publication of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
Stuart was featured for presenting his project, designing a drop weight testing rig that could simulate dynamic damage in ceramic armour.
Poster prize at national Materials research showcase event
Jacob Wang (Jing Wang) was awarded second prize for his research poster in the "Materials for High Value Markets" category at the recent Materials Research Exchange event, which brought together researchers from across the entire UK Materials research community. Mark Robershaw the Chief Executive of Morgan Advanced Materials presented Jacob with his award.
Best Materials Student at SET Awards
Loughborough Materials student Tom Casselden has won the prestigious SET award for the Best Materials Student 2013. Tom's entry, "ADAPT" Modular Alpine Snow Skis, which constituted his 3rd year individual MEng degree project, won out against record numbers of entries this year and judges paid tribute to the exceptional quality of this year’s work.
International Conference Prize for Loughborough Materials Student
Saranya Venugopal a PhD student in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University has won the Student Speaking competition at the 13th International Conference of the European Ceramic Society. Saranya, who was the UK's representative, beat off a field of 22 students, from 22 different countries to win the event which ran from the 23rd to 27th June in Limoges, France.
Recognition of Distinguished Careers for Materials Alumni
The Department of Materials celebrated the career achievements of four former students by awarding them each with a Distinguished Alumni Award. At a recent ceremony Dr Clive Copsey and Professor Arthur G Gibson came back to the department to meet everybody and were presented with their awards by Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Allison.
Singapore Materials Alumni Reunion & Distinguished Alumni Award
The Department of Materials hosted a special alumni evening with buffet at the Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore on May 31st. The event celebrated the achievements of the Department and its alumni and allowed old friends and academic staff to catch up. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr Jianhong Zhao for contributions and leadership in his field.
LMCC Wins Enerprise Award for Consultancy
The Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC) has won the 2013 University Enterprise award for Consultancy.
Based in the department of Materials the centre is a specialist facility offering a wide range of analytical techniques, some of which have capabilities unique within the UK.
The story of the tin can
The BBC have published an article in their online News Magazine charting the history of the tin can from its origins to today's multinational multi-billion pound business. Helping to bring the article to life is Dr Mark Jepson from the Department of Materials, who demonstrates how the first tin cans were made.
EMMS Local Society of the Year
The East Midlands Materials Society (EMMS) has been awarded the prestigious Local Society of the Year Award 2013 prize by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Major EPSRC Grant to Develop Materials for Extreme Environments
Loughborough University is to lead a 5 year, £4.2M research project aimed at developing new materials for extreme environments. Working with Imperial College and Queen Mary, the team will develop the required understanding of how processing, microstructures and properties of materials systems operating in extreme environments interact, so materials with the required performance can be developed.
First year Materials students enjoy industrial visits
This year we had two different industrial visits for our first year students. Materials Engineering Students went to see the Tata Steel plant at Rotherham and the Automotive Materials and Design with Engineering Materials students went to see the Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich.
School Dean is new IOM3 President
Professor Jon Binner, the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, has become the latest President of the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
Materials Winners of A M Strickland Prize
Dr David Hitt and Mr Barry Haworth from the Department of Materials, together with Dr Neil Hopkinson, formerly of the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, have won the Institute of Mechanical Engineers' A M Strickland Prize.
Materials Student in National Final
Final year MEng Design with Engineering Materials student, Tom Casselden has won through to the national finals of the Innovation Hothouse competition, with his highly praised design for modular skis
Dr Simon Martin Helps to "Reinvent the Toilet"
Dr Simon Martin, from the Department of Materials pictured with the Loughborough University entry that has won second prize in the international "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" organised by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Simon was part of a multidisciplinary team featuring academics from five departments, Simon contributed to the Materials science aspects of the project e.g. nanocoatings.
Materials students win Engineering YES event
A team from the Department of Materials have won the overall winners prize at the 2012 nationwide Engineering Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES) finals. The team, called "Innovink", comprised 3 research students and 2 postdocs, from the Advanced Ceramics Research Group. Their project developed and commercialised a novel nanozirconia electrolyte ink for manufacturing affordable solid oxide fuel cells.
Dr Dick Heath wins BEST Award
Dr Dick Heath, Senior Lecturer in Polymer Science and Technology, in the Department of Materials, is this year's winner of the BEST inspirational lecturer award. Ten awards were made at the ceremony held at the Student Union, for exceptional service and contribution to campus sustainability, environmental awareness and environmental leadership.
Opening of new Advanced Friction Materials Laboratory
Collaborators from industry, Materials researchers and invited guests attended the formal opening of the Department's new Advanced Friction Materials research laboratory. The team led by Dr Houzheng Wu specialise in the development and testing of Advanced friction materials, including carbon ceramic composites which can offer significant savings in weight and reduce the stopping distance.
Materials student wins graduate school prize
Materials PhD student Kangsheng Liu has won the 2011 graduate school prize for outstanding all round achievement which recognised his extensive fundraising activity for charity as well as his academic results. Having successfully completed his MSc in Polymer Technology Kansheng, who is known to his friends in the UK as Alex, is now undertaking research for his PhD.
Professor Jon Binner wins Verulam Medal
Professor Jon Binner is this year's winner of the Verulam Medal, awarded for distinguished contributions to refractories or other types of ceramic materials. This tops off a very busy year for Jon who has also become Dean of the new school of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, which came into effect in August 2011.
Materials graduate commissioned into the Royal Engineers
Materials graduate James Eadie was one of 25 Loughborough University graduates taking part in the Sovereign’s Parade, to mark their passing out. James has been commissioned into the Royal Engineers as a second Lieutenant.
Materials cricket team 2011 campaign
Once again the all conquering Materials cricket team took to the field for this years interdepartmental competition. The team who won the competition last year (2010) had high hopes for a repeat performance, but despite some strong performances they were beaten in this year's semi-final by Wolfson, Electrical & Computer science.
Glory of India Award for Dr. Bala Vaidhyanthan
The India International Friendship Society has selected Dr. Bala Vaidhyanathan of the Department of Materials, Loughborough University, for their most prestigious Glory of India Award & Certificate of Excellence.
Medal award for excellence in Surface Engineering
Dr Gary Critchlow has been awarded the Canning Bi-Centenary Medal, by the Institute of Metal Finishing, for his paper “Hot and cold cleaning methods: CO2 and Nd:YAG laser ablation, sodium hydride immersion and CO2 cryoblasting”.
Highly successful Materials Research Day 2011
Highlight of the year for Loughborough University Materials Department researchers is the annual Research Day, held this year on Wednesday 20th July. The event showcases all research student projects to the Industrial Companies with whom they associate and those who sponsor their research.
Materials Student Wins Graduate School Prize
Yang Liu, who is better known in the department as ‘Troy’, has won the Graduate School Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding student for a mix of both academic and non-academic achievement.
Loughborough University's Corporate Relay Challenge