School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


23 Dec 2021

Loughborough graduate reaches final of the UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF) competition

photo of student with prize

Max Rigby, a Loughborough Systems Engineering MEng graduate, has been named runner up in the annual UKESF Radio Frequency Engineering and Communications competition.

His submission was based on his final year project that focused on designing a Ka-band patch antenna array and a 3D printed circular polarisation converter. His design used a panel manufactured with a desktop 3D printer to transform the linearly polarised waves emitted by the antenna into circularly polarised waves. These are more resistant to certain sources of signal loss and interference and are agnostic to the orientation of the receiving antenna.

Finalists are invited to the gala dinner to receive their awards but they are also welcome to attend the TechWorks Industry Summit which consists of talks on new developments within the industry.

Max said: "I’m really pleased to have been named the runner up and it means a lot for my final master’s project to be recognised.

“Earning my degree at Loughborough has been a wonderful experience, and I'd like to thank Professor William Whittow and Dr Tom Whittaker for their invaluable tutelage over the duration of my project."

Find out more about the UKESF.

Athena Swan Bronze award

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