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Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering



Adam Bennett

Heidenhain Scholarship Award 2018

Santander 2016 Award for innovative research

Daniel Gortat

CDT Ultra Precision Engineering Project Video Award, 2016

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James Macdonald

The Leete Premium Award, the legacy of Dr David Leete to the WCE Charitable Trust Fund, has now provided 3-year awards of £6000 per year to four production engineering doctoral research students at Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing. James Macdonald is the most recent winner of the award, he is in the first year of his PhD study with the the Fluids In Advanced Manufacturing research group under the supervision of Dr Ronan Daly.

The focus of James' research is the fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces through direct laser texturing. This process imparts superhydrophobicity through inherent modification of the surface texture and chemistry to overcome the durability challenges associated with coating approaches to superhydrophobicity. The laser texturing process has proven capable of producing some of the most strongly nonwetting surfaces ever created with key benefits of low cost, scalability and HSE neutrality. Further work will investigate hybrid techniques of laser processing with digitally enabled additive coatings to produce patternable control of surface functionality. Targeted surface functionalities will involve self-cleaning, integrated sensors and electronics.

Jon Parkins

£18,000 – Leete Premium Award by the Worshipful Company of Engineers

EPSRC Photography Competition 2016 CDT PhD student Jon Parkins has been awarded first prize in the category of ‘Innovation’ in the 2016 EPSRC Photography Competition. The contest was open to EPSRC-funded researchers all across the country, with winners announced in March 2016.  Jon's winning entry, ‘Where there is light, there is shadow’, featured fellow PhD student Karen Yu using the CIM-UP funded ultra-precise laser processing system to process glass with an ultrafast laser. The laser process is very bright due to plasma formation in the glass, which inspired the idea of the laser interaction as the main light source in the image.

Jason Ten

PhD student Jason Ten was awarded 1st Prize in the Poster Competition of euspen 16th International Conference, Nottingham, UK.

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Junguo Zhao

Congratulations to Ms Junguo Zhao, an MRes student registered at Cranfield University who won the Best Poster Award at 18th EUSPEN International Conference at Venice, Italy. She is the first ever MRes student within the CDT cohort to have achieved this accomplishment.

Ms Junguo Zhao is being supervised by Dr Claudiu Giusca and by Dr Saurav Goel under the framework of CDT.

Junguo was presented with a certificate and a cash prize of £300. Earlier, Junguo was also rewarded by Heidenhein Scholarship by EUSPEN for her paper submitted to the Proceedings of 18th EUSPEN International Conference.

Junguo said “I am so pleased to win the best research poster award for my work on probing the errors in a Precision Diamond Turning operation. Receiving this award is such an amazing honour and a fantastic memory of my life in Cranfield. I never thought I would win it.  Thank you very much for your support, help and encouragement.”