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Loughborough graduate claims fuel cell research award

Loughborough PhD student, Samuel Cruz-Manzo, was one of just three recipients of the 2013
Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for fuel cell research.

Samuel was invited to the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition in Ohio to receive his award, and was the only UK recipient amongst a strong field of US-based finalists.

The Award – which recognises exceptional students in fuel cell research from across the globe – was inaugurated in 2005 in memory of Dr Bernard S. Baker and his contribution to fuel cell research and energy. A pioneer in the field of electrochemistry, Dr Baker’s research now underpins the power generation systems in commercial and industrial facilities throughout the world.

Samuel said of his success: “It was a great pleasure to be amongst the top three international research students in this field. I want to thank the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering and Professor Rui Chen for giving me the opportunity to complete my PhD studies at Loughborough as well as the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) for sponsoring me. I hope my achievement will inspire research students at Loughborough to deliver world-class research.”

Samuel would like to work in academia to help students produce high quality research which can be exploited by the industry and academic scientific communities.

Professor Rui Chen said: “It is wonderful news that one of my PhD research students has received this prestigious international award. It not only recognises Samuel’s outstanding achievements, but also the world-class quality of our fuel cells research. I hope Samuel’s prestigious award will encourage further successes from our researchers.”

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/234

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year title in 2008-09 and has been named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.


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