A talented, female student from Cranfield University has been awarded an International Travel Grant from The Royal Academy of Engineering to enable her to further her research into body armour.

Eluned Lewis, a third year PhD student studying the behind-armour effects of bullets against soft body armour, was awarded the funding to assist her in travelling to Adelaide, Australia to show her work and meet other engineers and scientists at the International Symposium on Ballistics.

At a time when the subject of body armour is highly topical and its benefits generally un-contested, Eluned’s work, which deals with both the physics and medical consequences of high-energy impacts on the body, has added to a previously sparse knowledge in the area.

Indeed, even police dogs have been recently issued with canine armour for protection against kicks, blows and missiles.

Eluned’s work has involved carrying out a variety of studies including work in the laboratory and ranges at the Royal Military College of Science and has successfully initiated collaborations with Merseyside Police, Home Office Pathologists and Wayne State University, Detroit.

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.

It benefits the individual applicants with their current work and, ultimately, engineering in the United Kingdom as a whole as well as maintaining the prestige of the nation’s engineering overseas.

A spokesperson for Cranfield University said,

‘We are delighted that Eluned has been honoured in this way and given the opportunity to present her work overseas. She is an extremely intelligent woman, a credit to the university and herself.’

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