The students who are all funded under the Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (ICASE) have demonstrated excellence in their understanding of real-world challenges in the defence arena and recommending workable solutions.
The aim of the ICASE awards, which are funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council, is to provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, which is mutually beneficial for the academic and partner organisations. Each student was assigned a mentor from BAE Systems.
Awards were presented to:
- Reducing structural vibration using acoustic black holes, Kris Hook, University of Southampton
- Improving long range sensing to counteract developing threats, Fraser Macfarlane, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
- Embedding optical sensors in composite materials, Satvinder singh Pardesi, Cranfield University
- Replacing conventional flight controls, Thomas Shearwood, University of Manchester
- Human factor challenges when interacting with mixed reality, Chris Bibb, University of Birmingham
The overall winner was Fraser Macfarlane from the University of Strathclyde who said: “The awards evening was a great experience and I am honoured that my research has been recognised in this way. I am grateful for the industrial guidance and support provided by BAE Systems which has allowed me to carry out my research and has enabled and fostered strong international links with leading institutions and respected academics in my field."
Fraser’s mentor at BAE Systems, Henry White, Lead Technologist for Sensors at BAE Systems Air based in Filton, Bristol added: ““The ICASE system is an excellent scheme to link together real world applications and world class university research. Fraser has quickly taken on board the industrial challenges of new sensing algorithms but has been able to maintain the fundamental research aspects of his work which is what we are looking for from students in universities.”
Since 2010, BAE Systems has supported 56 ICASE students at the five universities with whom it has a strategic partnership in the UK.