Press release

Local PhD student receives prestigious engineering scholarship

11 August 2014

A University of Cambridge student, originally from Mauritius, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from one of the world’s largest professional body for engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Girish Rughoobur, 24, has been awarded an IET Postgraduate Scholarship, worth £2500. Girish, who is a first year PhD student, has been recognised for his doctoral work on novel resonator designs and materials for thin-film bulk acoustic wave biosensors. The objective of his research is to achieve real-time and parallel sensing of biological targets.

Girish said: “It feels wonderful and motivating to be a recipient of one of the IET scholarships, especially since I only started my PhD at the University of Cambridge in October 2013.  Moreover the scholarship is recognition of the work I have done before stepping into research.

“I will use the funds for visiting industries to improve the quality of thin-films that we are growing in Cambridge. In addition I intend to visit our collaborators in Madrid in the near future, in order to fabricate novel resonators for liquid sensing and the funds from the award will stand me in good stead.”

Trevor Grimshaw, Chair of the IET Scholarships Committee, said: “Every year we receive a very high calibre of applications, and this year has been no exception. The scholarship recipients have demonstrated outstanding talent as well as real engineering potential, and I look forward to seeing the results of their inspirational work.”

This scholarship aims to encourage excellence in research in the fields of electrical, electronic, communications, manufacturing or power engineering at a university in the United Kingdom.

In 2013, the IET provided over £1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence, innovation and encouragement of the next generation of engineers and technicians. The IET will maintain this investment in 2014 with its portfolio of awards which includes Diamond Jubilee scholarships, Apprentice and Technician awards, scholarships in India the Present around the World competition and the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.

For more information about IET Awards, please visit http://www.theiet.org/awards.

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