An engineering PhD student from the University of Bath has been awarded the £3,000 first prize for Engineering and the prestigious Westminster Medal at the SET for Britain national poster competition at the House of Commons this week. Julian Rose is using ionospheric tomography to help prevent delays in GPS signalling caused by global ionospheric storms. He is working towards broadcasting ionospheric delay corrections across the UK and is involved in several collaborations with leading UK companies.

Julian Rose was one of 60 engineering researchers selected to present a poster at the annual event, which is designed to spotlight the excellent research being carried out by Britain’s early-career scientists, engineers and technologists. The competition is split into three sessions: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Biological and Biomedical Sciences, each of which has a first prize worth £3,000 and a runner-up prize of £1,000. Apart from winning the Engineering prize, Julian was awarded the Westminster Medal which is presented to the overall winner of all three sessions.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is a sponsor of the event, which is organised by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. Scientists, engineers and technologists presented their posters to over 60 MPs, representing research being done by masters’ students, postgraduates, postdocs and lecturers from all over the UK. Projects on show ranged from the development of commercial materials for tougher biodegradable bottles, detection of blockages in natural gas pipelines, autonomous science for planetary exploration, organic memory devices and the safe design of nuclear reactors.

“Winning both the Engineering section medal and the Westminster medal as overall winner is a fantastic achievement for me personally and for my research career,” says Julian. “The medals are incredible - it was a great honour to accept them. The event organisers, judges and sponsors delivered a really enjoyable, rewarding and valuable event. Meeting so many enthusiastic, encouraging and outstanding people was not only great fun but also a great learning experience.”

A runner-up prize was awarded to RAEng/EPSRC Research Fellow Dr Kosmas Tsakmakidis from the University of Surrey for his work on stopping light using meta-materials, which will pave the way for the development of new hybrid optoelectronic devices for information processing and telecommunication networks. Dr Tsakmakidis’ research was recently published in Nature.

Notes for editors

  1. For details of the Polar Orbiting Ionospheric Scintillation Experiment (POISE) see news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8171327.stm
  2. 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.

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