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NSIRC student selected to receive travel award to present at international conference

The microstructure and mechanical properties of alumina-to-alumina brazed joints

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Tahsin Ali Kassam
Tahsin Ali Kassam

Third-year NSIRC student Tahsin Ali Kassam will be travelling to Poland to present at a major conference later this year, having secured a grant to cover his travel and subsistence costs.

Tahsin was selected by the Armourers and Brasiers’ Gauntlet Trust to receive one of their 2015 Travel Awards – grants of between £500 and £1000 provided to students who are able to demonstrate that attendance at a conference relevant to their studies would allow them to gain beneficial academic and networking experience. He will be using the grant to travel to EUROMAT 2015, the European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes, which will take place in Warsaw from 20 to 24 September.

The competition to secure a presentation slot at the conference this year was fierce, with the organisers having to choose from more than 1300 abstract submissions. Tahsin, who was honoured to have been selected to speak at the event, will present his work on ‘The microstructure and mechanical properties of alumina-to-alumina brazed joints’.

Tahsin commented: ‘I am delighted to receive this travel award which will support my attendance at EUROMAT in Poland later this year. I believe this will be an invaluable learning experience for me and is one which I am very much looking forward to. I will have the opportunity to speak at the joining technologies symposium and interact with world renowned experts in my specific field of study.

‘I would like to thank the Armourers and Brasiers’ Gauntlet Trust, in conjunction with TWI, for this award. I would also like to thank both, my academic and industrial supervisors, Dr Hari-Babu Nadendla from the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology, at Brunel University London, and Dr Nick Ludford from the Specialist Materials and Joining group, at TWI, for their excellent support and guidance.’

Securing this award is the latest highlight in a successful year for Tahsin, who in March won first prize for his presentation skills at ‘3 Minute Wonder’, a competition organised by the Institute of Physics at the University of Cambridge.

For more information on the EUROMAT 2015 conference, please visit euromat2015.fems.org.