Participants in the 2012 summer studentships, where students receive funding to pursue a project in partnerships with an academic, presented their results at a poster session this week. The exhibitors had worked on projects ranging from designing a window coating that would save energy by preventing heat loss, to analysing the trust people invested in the apps on their phones.
The Dean congratulated all participants on their excellent work, and awarded the prize to Andrei Vrajitoarea (2nd year, Electrical & Electronic Engineering) for his work on the electrical properties of a novel silicon oxide. He was particularly impressed by the bringing together of theory, experiment and analysis – indeed, the project went so well it is contributing to a publication. Andrei’s work extends that done by Prof Kenyon and PhD student Adnan Mehonic on this material, which has potential for use in making improved RAM devices. You can view the winning poster, Quantised Conductance in Resistive Switching SiOx, by Andrei Vrajitoarea, Adnan Mehonic and Dr. Tony Kenyon, here.
Work by Nikhil Patel (3rd year, UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering) on a system to enable clinicians to simply measuring the impedance between electrodes was also commended, particularly for the new skills Mr Patel needed to acquire over the course of the project, undertaken with Prof Nick Donaldson. The final honourable mention went to Matheus Miranda, working with his supervisor Dr Sally Day on a multilayer lens that could project a 3D image straight into an viewer’s eye.
The Dean concluded by congratulating all students:
“I am particularly impressed by the drive, independence and innovation shown by our students when undertaking what is, essentially, a cutting-edge research project. Their achievements give me great confidence in the ability of our students to make the changes the world needs.”
Professor Polina Bayvel, the chair of the UROS committee, completed the evening with a brief talk outlining the programme funded by the faculty, and invited students and staff to apply for any of the three studentships currently available to Engineering students. Details of all the scheme – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme, Teaching and Learning Support Studentships, and the EPSRC Vacation Bursary scheme can be found on the summer studentships page.