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October 2017

18 Oct 17QMUL in the top 150 in the world for engineering and technology according to the #THEunirankings 2018!
The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table for engineering and technology subjects has placed QMUL in the top 150 in the world. The rankings are calculated using the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to ... [more]
13 Oct 17Professor Titirici with the laurel wreath received at the ceremony.SEMS academic Professor Magdelena Titirici awarded honorary PhD from Stockholm University
SEMS academic Professor Magdelena Titirici has received a prestigious Honorary PhD from Stockholm University for her work in sustainable materials for renewable energy. She was awarded the degree from the Natural Science Faculty (Chemistry) in recognition of her collaborative research efforts with the Swedish institution. Professor Titirici was named among ... [more]

September 2017

30 Sep 17Super resolution microscopy images of chondrocyte primary cilia showing the reduction in cilia length in an expanded cell (right) compared to a freshly isolated cell (left). The scale bars are 2 microns.Study reveals how manipulation of primary cilia may improve cartilage tissue engineering
A new paper from Prof Knight's group shows how expansion of cartilage cells for tissue engineering disrupts primary cilia expression inhibiting associated cellular signalling. Primary cilia are specialised, hair-like structures found singly in the majority of cell types where they coordinate a variety of cell processes important for tissue development, ... [more]
18 Sep 17First undergraduates welcomed at Joint Educational Institute in China
As we are set to welcome our 2017 cohort; The Joint Educational Institute (JEI), a partnership between Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), has already welcomed its first cohort of undergraduate students in Xi’an, China. NPU President, Professor Wang Jinsong, and QMUL President and ... [more]
12 Sep 17The findings of this research study may help explain why cartilage breaks down with ageing or arthritis.Research paper identifies the secret life of collagen
Dr Gupta and Prof Knight have just published exciting results which cast light on how cartilage is able to withstand the demanding mechanical environment of the joint and may eventually help to explain why cartilage breaks down with ageing or arthritis. Collagen changes its crystallinity in response to physical forces, ... [more]
5 Sep 17Dr Tina Chowdhury, leader of the bioengineering research programmeRepair of fetal membranes could reduce preterm births
Life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth could be prevented with a new bioengineering approach led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Bioengineers from SEMS working together with clinical practitioners have potentially found a way to reduce preterm births and prevent early deaths of young ... [more]
1 Sep 17Dr M Hasan ShaheedSEMS academic awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowship
We are incredibly proud to announce that Dr. M Hasan Shaheed has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) - the most prestigious award for excellence in Higher Education teaching and student learning support. Widely recognised in the UK and internationally, the award celebrates individuals who have made an exemplary ... [more]

August 2017

10 Aug 17Nanorods - hollow carbon tubes used by industry for energy storage and biomedical applicationsMaterials and Minerals Technology at QMUL ranked number one in London for student satisfaction
Materials and Minerals Technology at QMUL ranks number one in London for student satisfaction according to the results of the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). The NSS questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience. The subject earned an overall satisfaction rating of 88.89 per cent, which is 1.24 per cent ... [more]

July 2017

27 Jul 17Servann Herou with his awardPhD student Servann Herou wins best poster award at the Faraday Discussion Meeting
Congratulations to our PhD student Servann Herou who has won the best poster award at the Faraday Discussion Meeting Bio-Resources: Feeding a Sustainable Chemical Industry. The event organised by The Royal Society of Chemistry took place in London between 19-21 June 2017. The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday ... [more]
18 Jul 17Professor Kaspar AlthoeferMaking work spaces safer: iMechE news story with Prof Althoefer
Professor Kaspar Althoefer's work has been featured in an article about the potential of developments in robotics engineering to improve working conditions in manufacturing industries, published by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Prof Althoefer’s team have developed lightweight garments with electromyography sensors built in.The sensors can measure electrical ... [more]
11 Jul 17Nicola (seated left) accompanied by his wife Chiara and James Busfield at the gala dinner.Prof Nicola Pugno is awarded the Griffith Medal of the IOM3
Prof Nicola Pugno was awarded the AA Griffith Medal and Prize at a gala dinner in London on the 11th July 2017. The prestigious medal and prize is awarded annually by the IOM3. Nicola is the third QMUL staff member to receive this prestigious prize after two former Heads of Departments ... [more]
7 Jul 17Nada IssaSEMS alumna Nada Issa featured in inaugural Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 list
Nada Issa, a SEMS graduate, has been recognised in the inaugural Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 list. The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), features the UK’s top rising female stars of engineering - Nada was one of the 50 chosen from ... [more]
3 Jul 17Fantastic SEMS student success at the IMechE Healthcare Project Awards
Many congratulations to Alice Zou, Deniz Ucan and Arturo Mendoza Meinhardt all of whom reached the finals of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Healthcare Technology Student Awards, held at the IMechE Headquarters on 20th June. Alice and Arturo both achieved oral presentations at the event, with Alice going on to ... [more]

June 2017

21 Jun 17Imagineers 2017 Degree Show
A group of 9 students from our undergraduate programmes in Materials & Design, Multimedia & Arts Technology and Design, Innovation & Creative Engineering are displaying their final project works at the Imagineers Degree Show and you are all invited! The show is being held in the Graduate Centre on the 30th and 1st of ... [more]
20 Jun 17David BarrettPhD student David Barrett wins 2016 Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator award
Congratulations to our PhD student David Barrett, who has won the prestigious 2016 Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award for his article published in the October 2016 issue of the Prenatal Diagnosis journal. The title of David's article is “Connexin 43 is overexpressed in human fetal membrane defects after fetoscopic surgery”. The Young Investigator ... [more]
12 Jun 17Clara at the conferencePhD student Clara L. Hedegaard wins best oral presentation at ECI conference
Congratulations to our PhD student Clara L. Hedegaard has won best oral presentation at the 2017 Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models ECI Conference. The title of Clara’s talk was “A self-assembly based supramolecular bioink with hierarchical control as a new bioprinting tool”. The Engineering Conferences International (ECI) program ... [more]
7 Jun 17Hugh (left) and Michele (2nd left) are busy explaining their prototype device to conference delegates.Michele Ghilardi wins the Presentation Prize at EuroEAP 2017
Michele Ghilardi a PhD student supervised by Prof. Federico Carpi and Prof. James Busfield has won the Best Presentation Prize at EuroEAP 2017. In his talk an entirely novel design for a dielectric elastomer actuator-driven positioning system was deomnstrated live. Prof. James Busfield noted that "The demonstrator, created in partnership with ... [more]

May 2017

31 May 17Microcapsule flowing through a bifurcationPhD success for SEMS student Zhen
Congratulations to Zhen Wang who has recently passed his PhD viva, with a thesis entitled Motion of Deformable Capsules in Complex Flows. Zhen has published one paper in the Physical Review E and another in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and won a travel grant at the IUTAM2016 conference. Zhen ... [more]
24 May 17Chierol with her winning design, Elephant in the Room, in Library Square.SEMS student wins QMSU design competition
In October, QMSU set up a competition for students to design an object inspired by mental health. The winning design would be will be built and put in as a permanent fixture on Mile End campus. Chierol Lai, a Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering student, won the competition with her ... [more]
12 May 17Sam (left) with SussanPhD success for SEMS student Samantha
Many congratulations to Sam Arokiasamy who recently passed her PhD viva. Sam has been supported by an IoB PhD studentship to work on neutrophil transport in lymphatic micro-vessels with Dr Mathieu Voisin and Professor Sussan Nourshargh in WHRI and Professor Wen Wang in SEMS. [more]
9 May 17SEMS Alumnus Wei HeSEMS graduate granted a Chinese government award by the China Scholarship Council.
Wei He, who studied his PhD at SEMS, has been granted the 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad by the China Scholarship Council. Wei He graduated in 2015 and was supervised by Dr Hasan Shaheed. This award started in 2003 and was founded by the Chinese government with the purpose ... [more]

April 2017

11 Apr 17Professor Nicola M PugnoProfessor Nicola Pugno wins the IOM3's Griffith Medal & Prize
Professor of Materials Science Nicola Pugno has won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's prestigious Griffith Medal. The award is given in recognition of distinguished work that has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science and is an incredible achievement. Nicola has innovated ... [more]
5 Apr 17SEMS student Felix Cox awarded RAEng Engineering Leadership Scholarship
Felix Cox, a second year Mechanical Engineering student, has been award an Engineering Leadership scholarship by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This an excellent achievement as the RAEng awards the scholarships to undergraduates they believe have the potential to become leaders in engineering and who are able to act as ... [more]

March 2017

29 Mar 17SEMS delegation in China
On the 16th and 17th of March, a delegation from SEMS, composed of Helena Azevedo, Pankaj Vadgama, Nuria Gavara and Wei-qi Li, participated in the UK-China Knowledge Economy Education Partnership (KEEP) Regional and Provincial Partnerships for Excellence Higher Education Mission to Guangdong. The initiative is organised by the British Council ... [more]
27 Mar 17Research to heal fetal membranes receives funding from Great Ormond Street and Sparks Charity.
Dr Tina Chowdhury has been awarded a project grant by GOSH and Sparks charity (£148, 862). The project will develop a novel therapy to heal fetal membrane defects in the womb with Anna David (fetal medicine professor, UCL), Alvaro Mata (nanotechnology professor, SEMS), Jan Deprest (fetal surgeon/professor, Leuven), Dan Bader (biomechanics ... [more]
24 Mar 17Michal (right) with AlvaroPhD success for SEMS students Michal and Reshma
We are celebrating two SEMS students who have passed their PhD vivas in the last few weeks. Congratulations to Michal Lipka who successfully defended his thesis 'Design and fabrication of a novel device for 3D patterning of hydrogels'. Michal is part of The Mata group, his supervisor was Professor Alvaro ... [more]
15 Mar 17The Larkfleet Solar Steam prototypeMexican solar steam project wins funding
A revolutionary solar thermal technology is to be tested in Mexico, thanks to funding secured by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and industry partner Larkfleet Ltd. The funding, provided by Innovate UK, the Newton Fund and the National Science and Technology Council in Mexico (CONACYT) will allow an already ... [more]
10 Mar 17The MEng group and two of their supervisors with their demonstrationBest MEng Group Prize
In a very tight competition between the 17 MEng group projects this year, the group supervised by Yi Sui, Rafa Castrejón-Pita and Wen Wang working on "A microfluidic device to sort rigid and deformable particles in flows" won the award for the best Group Display at the ILF. The judges ... [more]
8 Mar 17Example of Indusrtial Engagement with 40 industrial visitors meeting our students at the recent Industrial Liaison ForumIOM3 Accreditation Panel reviews taught degree programmes in materials
The IOM3 has reviewed a wide range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the materials degree streams during a two day visit this week. The panel reported a very positive response to the educational experience enjoyed by our taught students. They highly commended our extensive use of Problem Based ... [more]
6 Mar 17Sriluxmi (on the left) and Raghad (on the right) being congratulated by Martyn BennettSriluxmi and Raghad win the best 3rd year Project Poster Prizes
Sriluxmi Srimurugananthan and Raghad Alturkistani won the best poster prizes for 3rd year project students at the recent Industrial Liaison Forum in SEMS. Only the best 50 posters are selected for the ILF competition from nearly 300 entries each year. Sriluxmi is working on photochromic thin films of vanadium dioxide with Russell ... [more]
2 Mar 17 Martyn Bennett preseting Sidsel with her prizeSidsel Madsen wins the Best MSc poster prize at the SEMS ILF
Sidsel Madsen won the competition amongst all the MSc students in SEMS for the best poster prize. Her project on graphene and polylactic acid polymer composites is supervised by Prof. Ton Peijs. She is photgraphed being congratulated by Martyn Bennett of ARTIS who sponsored the prize. [more]

February 2017

13 Feb 17Dr Hasan Shaheed and team win at the Engagement and Enterprise Awards
Congratulations to Dr Shaheed's team who have won the Proof of Concept award at the Engagement and Enterprise Awards.This award is for the proof of concept project which has achieved one or a number of milestones that could lead to a significant commercial or non-commercial enterprise in the future. ... [more]
3 Feb 17QMUL students at a Partner Institute in China.Study in China scholarships - Last chance to apply
The China Scholarship Council is providing generous scholarships to QMUL students who want to study in China. The opportunity could suit in particular students who graduate this June and who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in China or to undertake a year of Chinese language study after graduation. ... [more]
1 Feb 17Virtual Lab project wins prestigious higher education award
The Virtual Lab, a platform that allows students to learn lab skills in bioengineering and the life sciences, has won the Gold Award at the Life Sciences category. The Awards celebrate innovative higher education pedagogies which enhance learning and employability across the globe. The Virtual Lab uses the latest games ... [more]

January 2017

12 Jan 17Simulated image of the prototypeDr Hasan Shaheed shortlisted for the Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2016
Dr Shaheed has been selected as a finalist in the category of Proof of Concept at the Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2016. As a finalist he has been invited to the ceremony on Tuesday 7th February 2017, taking place in the Octagon, QMUL. Hasan was nominated alongside his co-applicant Mr Mo Thaha, ... [more]
10 Jan 17L-R: Adnan Salehin, Ayush Verma, Aniruddha Ray and Giorgi KarkashadzeQMUL students win European virtual reality tech clash
A group of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) students won a Europe-wide tech clash with their idea to create a virtual reality platform for education. They were successful at the Student Tech Clash, organised by the Reply network, which offered students the opportunity to try out virtual reality technology ... [more]

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