Linjiang Chen wins Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
Linjiang Chen receiving his award
Congratulations to Linjiang Chen, a PhD student in IMP, who won a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC). This award which started in 2003, sponsored by the Chinese government, is awarded to recognise outstanding research accomplishments of Chinese graduate students studying outside China without government funding.
A total of 489 Chinese PhD students from around the world and from all fields of academic research received an award this year, only 28 of which were from the UK. Linjiang uses molecular simulation and quantum chemical simulations to study adsorption of CO2 in metal-organic frameworks for carbon capture applications.
L to R: Helen Cope, Professor Hugh McCann and Siraj Sabihuddin
The annual School of Engineering Postgraduate Research Conference took place this year on 24th April at the John McIntyre Conference Centre at Pollock Halls. Attended by over 140 students, staff and visitors, the conference gave an opportunity to current postgraduate research students to present their work and network with fellow researchers. Dr Konstantin Kamenev, Head of Graduate School, opened the proceedings and was followed by guest speaker Dr Win Rampen from Artemis who spoke on the topic of technology start-ups. Attendees also heard from Prof Steve McLaughlin who gave a talk about academic careers and from the new Head of School, Prof Hugh McCann, regarding high-speed imaging using chemical species tomography.
Second year PhD students exhibited their research thus far in the form of posters and gave short two minute talks, allowing them the chance to experience presenting at an academic conference and to receive some vital feedback from peers and tutors alike.
The day culminated in the poster prize giving ceremony, where two prizes were given for the Best Poster as judged by a team of academic members of staff, and for the Most Popular Poster, as voted for by those in attendance. This year's winners were:
Professor Harald Haas - Keynote Speaker for the Professional Development Programme at PLASA Focus
Professor Harald Haas
The opening day of PLASA Focus: Leeds 2013 will finish with a keynote address from Harald Haas, Professor of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the World Technology Network.
Professor Harald Haas is widely regarded as one of most eminent innovators in communications technology today. His current research is focused on three main areas: optical wireless communications, spatial modulation and interference coordination in wireless networks. A finalist for the world Technology Award in 2011, his work on Li-Fi was featured by TIME magazine as on one of the "50 Best Inventions in 2011".
Addressing an audience at an entertainment and installation technology event for the very first time, Li-Fi - Broadband Through Light is a speech that considers the application of using light, specifically light from LEDs, rather than radio waves to transmit data.
Professor Haas's work on Li-Fi has profound implications for any industry that relies heavily on wireless data transmission. The possible applications of harnessing the properties of LEDs to successfully send data are, of course, endless; however, for anyone involved in the live entertainment and installation industry, the prospect of transmitting data via an LED light source would be nothing short of revolutionary. Once established, this technology could change the way every sector of the industry functions.
Structural Engineers awarded Major American Concrete Institute Prize
Jason Barrington (centre) and Luke Bisby (right) receive the Award from ACI President Jim White at the ACI Spring Convention in Minneapolis
The 2013 American Concrete Institute's (ACI) "Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research"has been awarded for research in the School of Engineering. Former students Jason Barrington and David Dickson carried out the work for their undergraduate thesis projects in Civil and Environmental Engineering, together with their supervisors Prof. Luke Bisby and Dr Tim Stratford. Jason and Luke received the award from ACI President Jim White during the ACI's Spring Convention in Minneapolis.
The award was made for their experimental work examining carbon fibre reinforced strengthening for rectangular columns, and the creation of a new model for design. This technique allows bridge and building columns to be retrofitted without major disruption to users. The work is reported in the paper “Strain Development and Hoop Efficiency in FRP-Confined Square Columns”, ACI SP-275, March 2011
Professor Peter Fraenkel MBE, Visiting Professor at Edinburgh, is Awarded the Scottish Government's Saltire Prize Medal
Peter Fraenkel MBE and Seagen on installation barge
Professor Peter Fraenkel MBE, Visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh, is the third recipient of the Scottish Government's Saltire Prize Medal. The award is for his outstanding contribution to the development of tidal energy over three decades.