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21 Mar 2012

Ssshhh! Loughborough researcher wins bronze in Parliament for noise device

A researcher at Loughborough University took Bronze at a competition in the House of Commons for the excellence of his physics research, walking away with a £1,000 prize.

Dr Daniel Elford, 25, a Research Associate at Loughborough, presented his research to dozens of politicians, including Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition SET for Britain.

His research on acoustic meta-materials, designed to control, direct and manipulate sound, was judged against 29 other shortlisted researchers’ work, and was highly-regarded by the judges and politicians alike.

Daniel said, “Having the opportunity to present my research at parliament was a great honour, and to receive the bronze medal while doing so is fantastic.”

The potential impact of Daniel’s research is sure to have played a part in the competition’s judges’ decision to award him bronze. He explained that he is working with Loughborough University’s Enterprise Team to commercialise his research, and make technology available which can shield people from noise around busy transport links and machinery.

The competition, SET for Britain, takes place in the House of Commons and aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base, while also rewarding some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.

Lynn Shepherd, Oxford Instruments Director of Communications, presented the bronze prize to Daniel and said: “We see our support for SET for Britain as an investment in the future of high technology in Britain, and congratulate Daniel on his success. Events like this ensure the profile of science and technology is raised both in Parliament and in the wider community and Oxford Instruments will continue to offer its wholehearted support.”

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said: “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institute of Physics, the Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Physiological Society, the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, AgChem Access, Oxford Instruments, IBMS and GE Hitachi.

Dr Daniel Elford has worked on acoustic meta-materials within the University’s Physics Department alongside Dr Luke Chalmers. He completed his PhD at Loughborough under the supervision of Dr Gerry Swallowe and Professor Feo Kusmartsev.

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