PhD students were given the opportunity to showcase their hard work to senior representatives from Coventry University during a visit to TWI on Tuesday 7th November.
The visit highlighted the benefits of academia and industry working together to address future challenges in engineering.
The representatives, which included Vice Chancellor and CEO Prof. John Latham and members of the senior leadership team, were given a tour of the laboratory and facilities in Cambridge before talking with NSIRC and Coventry University students working at TWI.
The students gave practical demonstrations and presented summaries of their research, covering the types of experiments they are carrying out and the cutting-edge research equipment they are using.
Among those showcasing their work were students who are only six months into their PhD as well as those nearing completion.
One student has been recruited by TWI after finishing his PhD in the summer, highlighting the advantages of working alongside staff in one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations.
Jazeel Chukkan, who is now a Project Leader in structural integrity at TWI said: “It was a privilege to present my research to our visitors from Coventry University. Through conducting my PhD with the University and TWI, I have been able to accelerate my career progression and training, whilst providing high-quality academic research.”
Prof. Mike Fitzpatrick, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Engineering Environment and Computing at Coventry University, said: “The senior team from Coventry University were delighted to be able to tour the world-class facilities at TWI, and listen to presentations from Coventry University’s cohort of PhD students in the industry-led research programme based at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC). Their collaborative projects are a showcase for Coventry’s research strategy of Excellence with Impact, and we look forward to developing our partnership with TWI in the future”.