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NSIRC students scoop honours at annual university conference

NSIRC students scoop honours at annual university conference

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NSIRC students scoop honours at annual university conference

Two students from the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) have won prizes in recognition of the excellent quality of their work at a Brunel University London event.

Muhammad Shaheer and Anna Wojdyla-Cieslak were among 64 students who submitted posters to the Brunel University London Research Student Conference, which took place at the London-based university in March.

The two-day event, which culminated in an evening reception and prize-giving ceremony, welcomed entrants from across all of the University’s schools and specialist research institutes. Each participant had to give an oral presentation explaining his or her poster, prior to each design being scored by expert judges.

Muhammad, an NSIRC student who began studying his PhD at TWI in August 2013, took 3rd prize for his poster, entitled ‘Helping make plastic pipes last 100 years!’. The poster explained the research Muhammad is conducting to improve standards surrounding the use of polyethylene pipes by the nuclear industry.

Anna, who became NSIRC’s first PhD student when she began her studies in May 2013, took 4th prize for her entry: ‘Assessment of advanced easy-clean durable UV coatings’. Anna’s submission explained the research she is conducting to improve the performance of the latest high-repellency coathings containing inorganic fillers.

Berta Navarro, another Brunel student working at TWI, also received an award at the event. Her poster on her work to improve structural health monitoring methods on composite aerospace components earned her a certificate of recognition, awarded to the highest-scoring participants from each school or college – in Berta’s case, the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.

As well as providing a peer-reviewed platform for the students to showcase their work, the conference also formed an excellent networking opportunity, and encouraged those taking part to engage in professional development.

The posters at this year’s event were regarded as being the best the University had ever seen, greatly impressing both judges and visitors. For three students from TWI to perform so well is a fantastic achievement, which underlines the high calibre of the work being carried out within the organisation.