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Our PhD Students

Shangmou Yang

Loughborough University

I am a PhD student in Loughborough University in Multifunctional Materials Manufacturing lab. My research project is focused on the design, manufacture and validation of biocompatible bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) for orthopaedic application. Educated in materials science and engineering, I…

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Mr Julian Francis

Queen’s University Belfast

Julian graduated with a first-class Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2022 and is now commencing a PhD in the RIED project. Julian has been involved in engineering design, optimisation and finite element analysis throughout his…

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Thomas Whittaker

Queen’s University Belfast

Thomas graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2022 with a 1st Class Masters in Mechanical Engineering. During his degree, Thomas completed a year in industry at Denroy. During his years in education, Thomas completed a range of internships which included,…

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Mudassar Khalil

Loughborough University

Mudassar is a PhD student at Loughborough University. He joined in July 2022 and his work is focused on design, manufacture and validation of porous materials and multifunctional structures. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore,…

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Colin Roitt

University of York

Colin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2019 and then, in the same year, made the move to the University of York to pursue a Master’s in Advanced Computer Science. Graduating a year later, they went on…

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Orlagh Casey

Queen’s University Belfast

Orlagh graduated from her Bachelor’s in Architecture at Ulster University in 2018, and Master’s in Architecture at Queens University in 2021. Her thesis explored the creation of new bio building materials inspired by nature’s form and behaviours implemented through robotic…

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Jonathan Brady

Queen’s University Belfast

Jonathan graduated from Queens’ University Belfast in July 2021 with a master’s in mechanical engineering, his master’s project was in analysing heat transfer through novel materials. Jonathan began his PhD within the RIED team in October of 2021. Currently, Jonathan’s…

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Caitlin Sands

Queen’s University Belfast

Caitlin graduated with a first-class degree in MEng Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2023. During her degree, she completed an industrial placement within the automation team at the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC), where she gained valuable…

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Michael Murphy

Queen’s University Belfast

Michael graduated with a first-class degree in MEng Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast in 2023. His final year project involved the design of a thermal subsystem for a Cube Satellite. Michael joined the RIED Project in October 2023, with…

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