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Israfil's nano-delight

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Israfil Kucuk

UCL Mechanical Engineering PhD researcher Israfil Kucuk is all smiles here after topping a field of 350 international competitors in winning the Interlab poster competition at the prestigious Nanoscience and Nanotechnology International Conference held in Istanbul Turkey. The work presented has been selected for publication in a special Nano-Bio issue of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research

The future of mitral valve surgery?

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Dr Gaetano Burriesci UCL Mechanical Engineering
An article published by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) highlights the work of UCL Mechanical Engineering's Dr Gaetano Burriesci into artificial heart valves

"Computational Biomedicine" a Q&A with Dr Vanessa Diaz

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Dr Vanessa Diaz UCL Mechanical Engineering

UCL Mechanical Engineering's Dr Vanessa Diaz has co-edited Computational Biomedicine: Modelling the Human Body published by the Oxford University Press. This textbook aims to help chart the future of this new medical discipline. We caught up with her shortly after the book's launch.

James Cook awarded for his Bright Idea

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Prof Yiannis Ventikos, Andrew Negris, James Cook, Geoff Meade (CEO of DTE) and Dr Tim Baker

Third year undergraduate James Cook has received £15000 award to help develop a 3d printed helmet into a viable business.
James was presented with his Bright Idea award in last week’s lavish Oscar-style UCL Enterprise Awards which celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship and corporate collaborations within the academic community.
Reacting to the award James said, “I am very proud to have been recognised by UCL and it was awesome to be amongst UCL's buzzing entrepreneurial environment. The support for this project from within and outside the department has been inspiring. In particular, I would like to thank Prof Mark Miodownik, Dr Tim Baker, Philip Jeavons and Desktop Engineering (DTE).”

MechEng researcher/alumni scoop prestigious international naval awards

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Jordy van de Mheen, Ian Whitelegg and Dominic Burger

Recent master’s student Sub Lt Jordy van de Mheen and current PhD researcher Ian Whitelegg are proud recipients of a prestigious award from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). 

Helen Czerski: Low carbon flight on the horizon?

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Dr Helen Czerski

UCL Mechanical Engineering research fellow Dr Helen Czerski is lobbying for £10 Million to help develop zero carbon flight in a high-profile public science campaign.

Helen, a bubble scientist, is fronting 'Flight'; one of six competing proposals facing a public vote in the "Longitude Prize 2014", featured on a recent BBC Horizon special.

Flight asks "How can we fly without damaging the environment?" underlining the fact that should aircraft carbon emissions continue to rise, they could contribute up to 15 per cent of global warming from human activities within the next 50 years.

Watching stressful movies triggers changes to your heartbeat

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Dr Ben Hanson Stress and the heart

Watching films with stressful scenes can trigger changes to the heart’s beating pattern, reports a new study published in the journal Circulation, Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

UCL team look to the future with new eco marathon entry

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UCL Team Hydrone

A team of final-year UCL Mechanical Engineering students are hoping to make their mark on the cars of the future this weekend, after designing and building an innovative and super-efficient new entry into the 2014 Shell Eco-Marathon – all in under a year.

Usher shines amongst Chinese stars

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Yuan Usher Ye with Ambassador Liu Xiaoming

Yuan “Usher” Ye, a UCL PhD student, has won a prestigious Chinese Government award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2013 in a ceremony at the Chinese embassy in Central London.

Six days, seven nights: my week as a Royal Navy submariner by Lucy Collins

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submarine selfie

The Royal Navy announced its first three female submariners yesterday, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond hailing this as "an historic moment for the Royal Navy and our armed forces".

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