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Success for engineering and computing students
at Postgraduate Research Conference

Friday 6 December 2013

Winning Image by Alex Wright Medicine and ComputingThere was double success for Engineering and Computing Research students at this years 4th Annual Postgraduate Research conference, held on the 2 December.

Martin Muir from Mechanical Engineering was awarded the title of Researcher of the Year for his work on structural components for the aerospace industry. The research undertaken as part of this initiative is intended to provide a means for the optimisation of upwards of 2000 parts on aircraft programs for Airbus Industries and its subsidiaries. The research has already received alot of attention; In July of 2012, the 3D printed results of a collaborative project (a full scale prototype of a Drone Aircraft) were demonstrated in the EADS Pavilion at Farnborough international Airshow, generating worldwide publicity, and in 2013 the principal outputs of the PhD research were demonstrated and are currently exhibited at the Science Museum in London England in the 3D printing exhibition.

Alexander Wright, a researcher from the School of Computing and School of Medicine came first place in the Postgraduate Research Image of the Year award for his image "Stitching it all together - my PhD life as a patchwork quilt". Alex created the quilt by combining images from all the individual parts of his life as a PhD student. Describing the image, Alex said: "My research image submission last year was a composition of digital images (called patches) taken from microscopic cancer tissue, combined to make a bigger picture. It got me thinking about how PhDs are similar in that they combine a vast array of specific skills and experiences to create one unique project – the bigger picture. I wondered how to visualise these different aspects of my PhD, and realized that patches could again be the answer. By synthesising this patchwork quilt, each patch allows me to depict individual parts of my life as a PhD student."

Alex then went on to win a second award with first place in the 2013 showcase movie, watch the movie here.

To find out more about the Postgraduate Research Conference, including other winners, visit the PGR conference website.