The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced seven outstanding engineering researchers as recipients of its prestigious Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships.

The newly appointed Senior Research Fellows will work on a wide variety of engineering projects, from developing bioactive glasses for bone cancer therapy, to a solution for robust nanoelectronics, and digital hydraulic converters for next generation fluid power transmission technology.

The Fellowships, which are supported by the Leverhulme Trust, allow awardees to focus full-time on research by covering the costs of a replacement academic to take over their teaching and administrative duties for a year. Not only does this enable mid-career engineers to reinvigorate their research interests, but it also gives a junior academic the opportunity to gain valuable teaching and administrative experience.

Professor Stephen McLaughlin FREng FRSE, Chair of the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships selection panel said: "Academic career progression can result in increased administrative and teaching commitments, at the expense of the time available for personal research projects. The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships are awarded to relieve mid-career academics of the additional workload to enable them to personally focus on their research.

"I am very pleased to see such a diverse range of topics covered by this year’s awards, from the development of 3D printing methods for mmWave components for the wireless industry, to flexible feedstocks for the chemical manufacturing industry. These are research projects that could deliver significant benefits to society and the economy."

The full list of 2019/20 RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellows is as follows:

Dr Rosa Letizia, Lancaster University

  • Additive manufacturing scaffolding of complex millimetre-wave components for space and wireless communications

Dr Wenqing Liu, Royal Holloway, University of London

  • A Solution for Robust Nano-Electronics: Topological Protection

Dr Richard Mar​tin, Aston University

  • Developing bioactive glasses for bone cancer therapy

Dr Mi​n Pan, University of Bath

  • Digital Hydraulic Converters for Next Generation Fluid Power Transmission Technology

Dr William Sm​ith, University of York

  • Model-based computer vision meets deep learning

Dr Konstantinos Tsavdaridis, University of Leeds

  • Flexible and resilient 3D printed metallic connections for modular buildings

Dr Tuck Seng Wong, University of Sheffield

  • FlexiChem: Feedstock Flexibility in Chemical Manufacturing

Details of researchers awarded RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships since 2012 are available here:

RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships


Notes for Editors

Royal Academy of Engineering

As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers from academia and business – our Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.

We harness their experience and expertise to provide independent advice to government, to deliver programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, to engage the public with engineering and to provide leadership for the profession.

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We have three strategic priorities:

  • Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses
  • Address the engineering skills and diversity challenge
  • Position engineering at the heart of society

We bring together engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, educators and the public in pursuit of these goals.

Engineering is a global profession, so we work with partners across the world to advance engineering’s contribution to society on an international, as well as a national scale.

For more information please contact:

Keir Bonnar at the Royal Academy of Engineering

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