A trio of Strathclyders have been awarded prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships.
The scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment. It also aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between the two by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research.
Dr John Douglas from Civil & Environmental Engineering, whose industry partner is Jacobs, was awarded a Fellowship for the project ‘Better assessment of UK earthquake ground motions for engineering purpose.’ The design and assessment process of civil engineering infrastructure against earthquakes requires a mathematical model of the ground motions that could be expected in future earthquakes nearby. This project will develop a UK ground-motion model.
Dr Agustí Egea-Àlvarez, who is collaborating with ScottishPower Energy Networks, will take forward the ‘Stability of future electricity networks’ project. The network shifting from conventional power stations to renewables interfaced with power converters at an unprecedented rate creates new challenges that will increase the risk of blackouts. This project will develop new models and study techniques to mitigate control interactions induced by power converters.
Dr Craig Robertson, University of Strathclyde and TSI Technology Ltd will collaborate on the ‘Developing 3D-printed ceramic monolithic adsorption technology for life-threatening inflammatory conditions’ project. It will develop a technology to treat life-threatening inflammatory conditions which cause the normally protective immune system to attack the body, including sepsis and COVID-19.
The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines and awards can be held from six months to two years, full-time or part-time. The Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 annually towards the basic salary costs of the applicant, with the total award capped at £100,000 for awards that exceed one year.