The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the seven engineering researchers who are to receive five years’ funding in the latest round of the Academy’s Research Fellowships scheme.

The academics, whose work spans disciplines from transport to medical technology, are due to take up their posts at universities around the country in autumn 2017.

The funding, awarded to researchers who have demonstrated excellence in the early stages of their academic careers, provides the engineers with freedom to concentrate on their research by reducing their teaching and administrative duties. Research Fellows also receive mentoring from an experienced Academy Fellow, providing the valuable advice and industry links that will enable the researchers to establish themselves as future leaders in their fields.

The full list of Research Fellows is as follows:

  • Dr Yoann Altmann – Heriot-Watt University
    Bayesian computational methods for efficient low-energy imaging and sensing.
  • Dr Siming Chen - University College London
    Integrated III-V quantum dot photonic circuits on silicon platforms.
  • Dr Maria Chernysheva - Aston University
    Novel mid-infrared ultrafast fibre lasers for molecular vibrational sensing technologies.
  • Dr Mark Chiew - University of Oxford
    Characterizing the brain’s spatio-temporal dynamics by integrating EEG and FMRI.
  • Dr Adnan Mehonic - University College London
    Next generation adaptive electronics for neuromorphic engineering.
  • Dr Joseph Sherwood - Imperial College London
    Interactions between fluid dynamics and biological function in microvascular disease.
  • Dr Ton van den Bremer - University of Edinburgh
    Cleaning the ocean: understanding transport of plastic pollution by waves.

Applications for the next round of Research Fellowships are now open.

Notes for editors

  1. The RAEng Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

    Applications are welcomed from outstanding early career researchers who are about to finish their PhD or have been awarded their PhD in the last four years. The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers to remain in the academic engineering sector. In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme offers:

    - Freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering
    - Time to establish a track record in the field
    - The services of a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to offer advice and to facilitate the formation of industrial links
    - Restrictions of teaching and administrative duties, enabling Research Fellows dedicate your time research

    The next round of Research Fellowships are now open for applications. 

    More information: Research Fellowships
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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