A talented student from the University of Warwick has been awarded an International Travel Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering to enable him to exhibit and further his groundbreaking work developing miniature loudspeakers.

Andrew Medley, 25, a third year PhD student has designed a radical, new, ultra-thin loud speaker. Loudspeakers are essential to reproduce sound. Where would we be without our hi-fis, radios, car stereos and today’s must-have accessory, the mobile ‘phone?

Very different to existing technologies, Andrew’s design, which can be made from inexpensive, freely available materials, could one day be used in an enormous number of appliances. With the benefits of flexibility and thinness, we may see (or rather hear) ultra-thin speakers in even tinier mobile ‘phones, PA systems, talking posters, audio wall coverings, aerospace systems and discrete hearing aids.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is committed to the support of engineering education at all levels and runs a wide variety of education schemes and awards. The International Travel Grant Scheme supports top engineering research in the United Kingdom by enabling researchers to make study visits overseas to remain at the forefront of new developments at home and overseas

Andrew will visit Kyoto, Japan in April to present his work and meet other engineers and scientists at the International Congress on Acoustics. Considered by many to be the world epicentre of technology, it is refreshing to see a young UK talent visiting Japan to demonstrate the excellence of UK engineering.

Ian Bowbrick, Manager, Post Graduate and Professional Development at the Royal Academy of Engineering says,

“The Royal Academy of Engineering exists to support excellence in engineering and to offer opportunities to our engineers. The International Travel Grant scheme is one way of doing this. Andrew’s superb work in a rapidly evolving area of technology demonstrates not just great innovation but also how engineering impacts on our everyday lives.”

Andrew said,

“I am really pleased to be able to attend the conference in Kyoto and present my work. This funding has helped enormously and I would encourage other UK engineers to apply.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering