Awards

 

Awards & Successful Funding

 
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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


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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


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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.