Awards & Successful Funding
EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship (May 2017 - May 2019)
I am honoured to be awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship from University College London for my project 'The development of a prototype whispering gallery mode inertial sensor'.
My 2 years will be spent continuing to build links with industry & MEMS foundries after successfully creating a whispering gallery mode (WGM) accelerometer with DSTL in 2017. I will also develop a complimentary gyroscope to measure rotation, and, with help from my mentor Prof. Tania Monteiro, conduct simulations of this type of optomechanical inertial sensor (acceleration + rotation combined) for navigation purposes. I also aim to seek collaborations with theorists to pursue fundamental physics research, especially towards implementing optomechanical experiments to understand gravity such as short-range interactions and gravitational waves. I have the privilege of receiving invaluable advice from Dr. Paul Groves (Civil,Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, UCL) who is an expert in inertial navigation.
UCL allocates approx. < 10 of these early career fellowships each year across the entire spectrum of EPSRC funded subject areas. To find out more, visit the UCL Doctoral Prize page here.
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Awards (2017, 2018)
I am immensely grateful to EPSRC and UCL for awarding myself (Co-I) and Prof. Barker (PI) three IAA awards which aim to de-risk commercialisation of fundamental science.
2017: Funds to enable automation of lab-based experiments using field-programmable-gate-arrays (FPGAs)
2017/2018: Funds to enable chip-scale fabrication of our whispering gallery mode sensors via micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) engineering
2018: Funds to create a pre-commercialisation business case involving hiring of a consultant to investigate the market appetite for optical navigation
Prototype development & field-trials with the Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory (2017)
A 1 year contract with DSTL was successfully obtained in order to build a prototype of our optomechanical accelerometer.