The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded a RAEng / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship to seven researchers, to facilitate the development of new technologies. This includes research into medical applications, computing, and carbon capture.
Seven talented engineering researchers have received a prestigious RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering to help support their careers while they focus solely on the development of new technologies.
Among this year’s projects are some with potentially life-changing medical applications, like a new device to measure intra-cranial pressure in trauma victims, a brain-controlled system to help people manage neuro-rehabilitation at home and a next-generation virtual reality trainer for surgeons with an enhanced sense of touch.
Others could revolutionise computing, such as a new photon source to help bring quantum computing closer to reality and deep learning hardware architectures using ‘memristors’, a new device that could help create intelligent computers.
Other projects supported include a new way of tackling carbon capture and storage by incorporating CO2 into concrete mixtures, and improving understanding of turbulence in fluids, which could help to improve the design of wind turbines and jet engines.
Professor William Milne FREng, Chair of the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships selection panel said: “Academic career progression often comes with increased administrative and teaching commitments, at the expense of the time available for personal research projects.
“The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships are awarded to relieve mid-career academics of the additional workload to enable them to go back and personally focus on their research.
“Like all research supported by the Academy, the Fellowships are designed to foster world class engineering that is directly useful to industry and society.”