Maria's diary entry - Autumn 2012

A visit to the Olympic Stadium, presenting at the Annual Conference of The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and a trip to the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Netherlands - Maria’s keeping busy!

Maria at the London Olympics 2012 The highlight of my summer was definitely being at the Olympic Stadium for a fantastic evening of athletics, which included the Men’s 100m final. But now autumn is upon us. September was a very busy month for me, and now we’re in October, I am in the third and penultimate year of my EngD programme.

Presenting at the Annual Conference of The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
Last month I headed off to Daventry, near Rugby, for the 51st Annual Conference of The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. There I presented my research work - in particular, how I am carrying out experiments to verify my computer modelling techniques.

After Daventry, I went to the Netherlands for a long weekend with students from the University of Bristol and the University of Southampton. The highlight of this trip was a visit to the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).

Heading to France for PICASSO

A week later I went over to France for a meeting about an EU project I am taking part in, which I mentioned in an earlier diary entry. The project is called PICASSO and is all about very carefully modelling NDT procedures so that the “probability of detecting” a particular defect with a particular procedure can be predicted reliably.

Life as an EngD student

It’s now been around a year since I started going to Rolls-Royce every day instead of university, but I am lucky that both are in Bristol so I have easy access to the resources at both locations.

I have very few taught courses left to do now. In June I attended a week long taught course at Imperial College London on Finite Element Analysis. It served as revision of the FEA I had covered in my undergraduate course (and the typical example of the strain distribution of a plate with a hole in it!). It was also a good, useful introduction to using FEA for modelling vibrations and ultrasound wave propagation. 

Being a Bristol Girl Geek

I am also continuing to help out with organising the Bristol Girl Geek Dinners. We held a very enjoyable outdoor event in August - a harbourside trail, taking in many Bristol sites including Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Finally, over summer, I took on the role of engineering editor for Experimentation Online [new window] and am really enjoying organising editions and applying HTML to the writers’ articles!

Wishing you all the best for the next academic year!