Engineering medal for UCL young researcher

11 March 2009

Dr Eleanor Stride (UCL Mechanical Engineering) has been awarded first prize and the Engineering Medal for her contribution to the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for Britain Poster Competition at a ceremony at the House of Commons on 9 March 2009.

Dr Eleanor Stride

The nationwide poster competition was divided into three categories: biological and medical science, physical sciences (chemistry and physics), and engineering. The exhibit displayed short-listed posters from each division and winners were chosen on the basis of excellent research. Dr Stride’s poster demonstrated the use of engineering microbubbles for ultrasound imaging and therapy. 

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe (Chair of Biomaterials, UCL  Mechanical Engineering), who has taken part in SET for Britain events for many years, commented: “In engineering this year, there were over 160 applicants and only 60 were short-listed. Each poster was judged by at least three independent judges for research quality, presentation clarity and enthusiasm. Dr Stride’s performance was truly outstanding and exceptional.”

Researchers from UCL were short-listed in all three categories:  

  • Biological and biomedical science: Achala de Mel (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) and Dr Hossein Ghanbari (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science)
  • Physical sciences: Dr Jennifer Griffiths (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering) and Kimberley Steed (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory)
  • Engineering: Dr Mingxing Hu (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering) and Adam Stonier (UCL Biochemical Engineering)
Dr Eleanor Stride receiving her medal from Sue Wharton

SET for Britain aims to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists. It is run by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee; the Royal Academy of Engineering; the Royal Society of Chemistry; the Institute of Physics; the Institute of Biology and the Institution of Chemical Engineers.  

The poster competition presents ground-breaking UK research to members of both Houses of Parliament, and aims to foster greater engagement between early-stage researchers and Members of Parliament.

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