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Lisa scores Success at Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium

Lisa Baker, a second year PhD student in the Engineering and Composites Research Centre (ECRE) won the best poster category in these years 15thAnnual Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium, with an overview of her research on textile armour.

On 28th and 29th March, the 15th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium was held at Dublin City University. The Symposium is open to postgraduate researchers in mechanical engineering to present both papers and posters of their work. Mechanical engineering, in this case, encapsulates a broad range of research from models of in-situ bone cells to heat exchangers to improve the fuel efficiency of hybrid buses.

The best paper category was won by Rory Stoney (Trinity College Dublin) who had developed and characterised a wireless passive surface acoustic wave strain sensor.

The two days started with presentations from guest speakers Barry Kennedy (Intel) and Margie McCarthy (Engineers Ireland). Both were keen to emphasise the importance of collaboration between universities and industry to maintain a competitive edge in manufacturing. They advised that with the vast developments in technology over the recent decades, an engineer no longer has the luxury of being an expert in one field but must be adaptable to new challenges.

The symposium was closed with a prize ceremony for the top three papers and poster presentations. The symposium was a great success highlighting the breadth of expertise than young engineers in Ireland have to offer.

Ms Baker’s work is an example of the new composites applications being developed at ECRE and NIACE. Her delighted PhD supervisor, Dr Alistair McIlhagger believes that the mix of underpinning modelling and characterisation is playing a major role in developing new sectors for the centres advanced composites research. The School of Engineering is also benefitting as teaching and training avail of many new methods and materials utilised within Composites Research.

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