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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Osborne Reynolds Research Student award

‘I am delighted to be the recipient of this award, which is the culmination of four years of work for my PhD studies. I would like to thank all of those who have supported me in this work, particularly Dr. Balabani for her outstanding supervision’

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Joseph Sherwood is the recipient of this years’ Osborne Reynolds Research Student award.

The annual Osborne Reynolds Research Student Award is organised by the ERCOFTAC UK Pilot Centre and was launched in 2002. The Award recognises the quality of young Researchers studying applied fluid dynamics in the UK and their ability to communicate their work.

The competition took place on 16th of July 2013 at the BP Institute, Cambridge. Presentations were judged by a panel comprising both academics and industrialists on three criteria: quality, novelty and clarity.

Joseph was selected for his exceptional work, entitled ‘A new approach for investigating microhemodynamics’, from a total of 9 research students, the majority from Cambridge University. The work, conducted under the supervision of Dr Stavroula Balabani, describes a new approach for characterising microscale blood flows through multiphase flow measurements.

This is Joseph’s second national award, in 2009 he was nominated by Dr Stavroula Balabani for his project work on vortex induced vibrations and was given the accolade ‘2009 SET Best Mechanical Engineering Student’.

Joseph is currently a PDRA at Imperial College London and has his PhD Viva scheduled for the end of July.

This is an excellent achievement for Joseph and great news for the Department.

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