Press release

Four students awarded engineering scholarships up to £10,000

19 August 2016

Four outstanding engineering students have been awarded scholarships of up to £10,000 each from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The PhD students, from the University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, and the University of Ulster, have been chosen to receive IET scholarships for their impressive work in engineering and technology.

Sophie Morrison, from Barrow in Furness, is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, where she is researching the feasibility of using the surplus Plutonium stockpile to generate energy from thorium nuclear reactions using normal water reactors. The research will assess fuel cycle options and potentially increase fuel performance. She completed an apprenticeship at BAE Systems while studying part time for a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. Sophie left to complete an MSc in Nuclear Engineering, graduating top of her class, before moving to Cambridge. Sophie will be awarded the IET Postgraduate Scholarship for an outstanding researcher of £10,000.

Philex Ming-Yan Fan, from Taiwan, holds a BSc and an MSc from the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Cambridge, where his research focuses on power management and conditioning chip for energy autonomous wearable healthcare-monitoring devices. The intention is to amass power from green energy collection and to explore the efficiency of transducing energy through thin-film technologies. His aim is to engineer a better world by devoting to environmentally-friendly microelectronics and reducing the need for carbon-based fuel dependence. He is awarded the IET Hudswell Scholarship of £5,000.

Sam Walder, from Barnstaple in Devon, is studying power electronics at the University of Bristol.  His research is focused on producing tools to improve the performance of the latest Wide Bandgap power electronics technologies. These technologies are essential for enabling the renewable generation and distribution of power. Sam will be awarded the IET’s Leslie H Paddle Scholarship of £5,000.

Diederik Moeys, from Zurich, is a third year PhD student in the Electronic Engineering department of ETH Zurich, Switzerland and UCL. His field of research is Neuromorphic Engineering: designing hardware and software based on the underlying principles of the brain to achieve fast, low-power and intelligent systems. In particular, his research focuses on the transistor-level design of silicon cochleas and retinas and on the application of the latter in robot navigation systems. Diederik will receive the IET Postgraduate Scholarship of £2,500.

They will all receive their prizes at the IET Awards ceremony in central London this November.

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For more information on IET Scholarships visit www.theiet.org/scholarships