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Industrial Fellowships to help graduate engineers develop 'world-changing technologies'

Each Fellow will receive £80,000 to fund innovative doctoral research

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Nine graduate engineers have been awarded an Industrial Fellowship by the Royal Commissionfor the Exhibition of 1851, with each set to receive £80,000 over three years to help fund their doctoral research.

The Industrial Fellowships are intended to provide recent graduates with the means to develop technology with commercial potential, ideally leading to a patent, while completing a PhD, EngD or Industrial Doctorate. It is open to “outstanding” first degree graduates in engineering, science or medicine either nominated directly through a sponsoring company or enrolled on a UK university EngD/IndustrialDoctorate programme. Candidates from SMEs are also encouraged.

Bernard Taylor, chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, said: “We are proud to support developments at the forefront of science and engineering, as demonstrated by this year’s extraordinarily diverse selection of Fellows. The skills and ability on display reflect the wealth of talent the UK can boast across all areas of innovation.”

The 2014 Fellows are: 

  • Ben Chamberlain – working with Starcount and Imperial College London to revolutionise the way marketing is carried out on digital social networks using machine learning techniques.
  • Shuning Bian – working with Lein Applied Diagnostics and the University of Oxford to accelerate the development of ultrasound and microbubble-enhanced drug delivery.
  • Silvia Araguas-Rodriguez – working with Sensor Coating Systems and Imperial College London to develop smart thermal memory paints enabling accurate temperature readings for use in high-performance aircraft and power generation turbines.
  • Mathew Holloway – working with Q-Bot and Imperial College London to develop robotic technology capable of insulating the floors and walls of buildings at substantially reduced cost.
  • Stephen McColm – working with Ingenza and the University of Edinburgh to speed up the manufacture of fuels, chemicals and new pharmaceuticals by improving and accelerating the way microbial strains are engineered.
  • Alice Hagan – working with Biocompatibles UK and the University of Brighton to develop beads capable of blocking blood flow to cancerous tumours while simultaneously releasing drugs directly into the targeted area.
  • Tom Barber – working with BAE Systems Submarines and the University of Bristol tomake the pre-service inspection of pipe welds safer, cheaper and more precise.
  • Misty Haith – working with BP Exploration and Imperial College London to improve the quality and reliability of the inspection of sub-sea pipeline inspections.
  • Radu-Stefan Dragan – working with Magnomatics and the University of Sheffield on an actuator design which could make aeroplane engines lighter, more efficient, and more resistant to faults. Dragan has been selected as this year’s ERA Foundation Fellow, an award for a candidate from the electro-technology sector made possible by a generous donation from the ERA Foundation.

Since they were established in 1990, the Industrial Fellowships have supported more than 180 young scientists and engineers, plus numerous UK companies and universities, investing more than £12 million in research. The commission counts 12 Nobel prize winners among its alumni, including recent winner Peter Higgs.

To apply for the 2015 Industrial Fellowships, visit the website here.

For more information,the terms and regulations can be found here.

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established in 1850 by Queen Victoria to organise the first world trade fair: The Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Prince Albert was appointed as president and chose to site the Exhibition in Hyde Park, the iconic Crystal Palace was designed, manufactured and erected and 100,000 exhibits assembled. The Great Exhibition opened on 1 May 1851.

When the Exhibition closed in October 1851, the Royal Commission was then established as a permanent body to spend the profits in realising Prince Albert’s ambition to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry”.

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