16 May 2017
Loughborough success in national science photography competition
Three Loughborough University PhD students have picked up awards in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Science Photography competition 2017.
The competition, now in its fourth year, highlights pictures that show research in action across five categories: Eureka & Discovery, Equipment & Facilities, People & Skills, Innovation, and Weird & Wonderful.
It received over 100 entries which were drawn from researchers in receipt of EPSRC funding.
Winning first place in the Eureka & Discovery category, Khaled Elgeneidy of the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering submitted an image depicting a 3D printed soft gripper programmed to gently lift a lightbulb.
Describing the work, he said: “Soft robotic devices, such as this entirely 3D printed gripper, have major advantages when it comes to grasping objects that are delicate and have complex geometry.
“Instead of requiring sophisticated sensing and control, the soft nature of the gripper allows it to conform to the shape of the lightbulb and lift it gently when supplied with pressurised air.”
Professor Tom Rodden, EPSRC’s Deputy Chief Executive, congratulated the winners: “The quality of entries into our competition demonstrates that EPSRC-funded researchers are keen to show the world how beautiful and interesting science and engineering can be.
“These stunning images are a great way to engage the public with the research they fund, and inspire everyone to take an interest in science and engineering.”
The prize-winning images are available to download from the EPSRC website.