There was a strong showing of UCL researchers in the engineering category at this year’s STEM for Britain exhibition. The department’s notable presence at the annual research display for Members of Parliament, was capped by PhD student Iva Burova winning the Silver Award in the Engineering category. Iva’s poster detailed her research into mathematical modelling to improve strategies for bone tissue engineering. Dubbed “all winners” by Dr Stephen Benn, Vice President, Parliamentary & Scientific Committee, the early-career UCL researchers displaying work were shortlisted from over 600 applications from around the UK.
Held in Portcullis House, part of the UK parliamentary complex, the STEM for BRITAIN exhibition of posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians presents “ground-breaking” and frontier UK research to Members of both Houses of Parliament at Westminster. The event is sponsored by Chair of the Parliamentary Scientific Committee, the RT Hon Stephen Metcalfe MP (right of first picture below).
L to R: Dr Stephen Benn, Vice President, Parliamentary & Scientific Committee; Iva Burova, Silver Award winner (Engineering category), Dr David Clark, Principal Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair, Parliamentary Scientific Committee.
UCL researchers (left to right) Iva Burova, Francesca Dondadoni, Professor Stavroula Balabani, Thore Bucking, Carlos Ledezma Rondon, Mirko Bonfanti, Cerys Jones (UCL MedPhys), Dr Georgia Bosi, Dr Andrea Wetzel (UCL Pharmacy), Francis Brako.
Proud supervisors Professor Stavroula Balabani and Dr Gaetano Burriesci, UCL Mechanical Engineering.
RT Hon Dawn Butler MP (Brent Central) congratulating her constituent Iva Burova, a PhD student at UCL Mechanical Engineering.
Mirko Bonfanti (left) showcasing his use of mathematical models to study aortic dissection, part of the project to create the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH). Dr Georgia Bosi presented work on using computational fluid dynamics to predict thrombosis risk.
Rachel Coy from the UCL Centre for Nerve Enigneering presented ‘A combined mathematical-experimental approach to nerve repair’.
Representing the department’s Biomaterials Processing Group led by Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, PhD student Rupy Matharu showcased her work on antimicrobial fibres for air and water filtration systems.
In research bringing together Biomaterials and Pharmacy, Francis Brako showacsed work on developing a portable electrospinning device for wound care.
UCL Mechanical Engineering researcher Carlos Ledezma Rondon presents work on using AI to detect coronary disease.
Research on computer models for cardiovascualr disease, presented by Francesca Donadoni.
‘Using lasers to listen to blood flow’ Thore M Bucking, co-supervised by Professor Stavroula Balabani , presented work on microvascular perfusion imaging.