School of Engineering Research Conference 2016


John McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls of Residence, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY - view map


Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 09:00 to 17:00

The Engineering Graduate School organises a School Research Conference every year to showcase the work being carried out by students across the Research Institutes. The conference is a celebration of the research within the School of Engineering and encourages reflection upon your research and your future career plans. The conference is open to all members of the School (including undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff); research students from all years are expected to attend.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce talks by the following inspirational and eminent Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Tim Ibell, President of the Institution of Structural Engineers (2015) and Associate Dean of Research, Bath University
  • Dr William Scott, Managing Director, Hao Consulting Ltd
  • Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Chair of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering

Speaker Biographies

Professor Tim Ibell

Tim Ibell graduated with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1992 and, after a couple of years design experience, completed a post-doc at Cambridge before joining the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath in 1997. Tim was promoted to Professor (2003), Head of Department (2005) and Associate Dean of the Faculty (2008). He was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers for 2015, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2002, Tim spent a year in the US on a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award. Tim leads a team of researchers looking at the use of fibre-reinforced polymers to reinforce and/or strengthen concrete structures. He also leads research into fabric-formed concrete structures. He has a passion for teaching, particularly at first-year level, for which he won the University of Bath main teaching prize in 2008. Tim and his team have been the recipients of six best research-journal paper awards, and two international teaching-related awards.

Dr William Scott

Dr Scott has a BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh including a year on exchange at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has 30 years of Chemical Industry experience from Research and Development through to Project and Senior Production Management over 21 years in Europe. He also spent 9 years based in China but working across Asia from India to Australia to build an organisation and drive improved financial performance as Regional Head of Purchasing for a Global Corporation. He speaks English, French and Mandarin Chinese well enough to make himself understood! He is passionate about people and loves to coach and mentor individuals and teams, leading them to find ever improving ways of making what they do impact the bottom line.

Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh

Conchúr Ó Brádaigh is Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, and a PhD from the University of Delaware, all in Mechanical Engineering. Conchúr previously lectured at NUI Galway and was Professor of Energy Engineering at University College Cork, where he was also Director of the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Research Centre. He is a Co-Founder and Director of ÉireComposites Teo., an Irish composite materials design, testing and manufacturing company, and was awarded the Inaugural Sir Bernard Crossland Medal for Engineering Innovation by Engineers Ireland in 2009.

New for 2016

Anyone can bring a Research Poster

Anyone who wants to share their research with the rest of the School is invited to bring a poster to the conference. This is a chance to share your research from undergraduate thesis projects, or work that might have been presented internationally, but is not known to the rest of the School.

These posters will be displayed without the 2-minute oral presentation. They must be research posters, but do not need to adhere to the requirements for our 2nd year students' posters, so that you can use existing posters. (Note that the graduate school will not be able to pay for them to be printed).

Please use the registration form to tell us that you want to present a poster, otherwise we will not have a space ready for you. If we do not have enough space for all of the posters, the Research Institutes will be asked to select the posters for display.

Research Institute Demonstrations

Each of the Research Institutes will this year have a demonstration space (one table), and you are invited to bring along hands-on demonstrations of research. These demonstrations are being organised by the Research Institute representatives on SPEC, and there will be a prize for the best demonstration.

Draft Programme

Programme subject to change according

  • 08:30 - Venue opens for poster hanging
  • 09:00-09:40 - Registration, tea and coffee
  • 09:45-10:30 - Keynote: Professor Tim Ibell
  • 10:30-11:15 - Keynote: Dr William Scott
  • 11:15-11:20 - EnGradSoc update
  • 11:20-11:30 - Coffee Break
  • 11:30-12:55 - Oral Presentations 1
  • 12:55-14:00 - Poster viewing session 1 and Lunch (served 13:00-14:00)
  • 14:00-14:45 - Keynote - Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh
  • 14:45-15:55 - Oral Presentations II
  • 15:55-16:45 - Poster viewing session II and Drinks reception
  • 16:45-17:00 - Awards announcements

Further Information

John McIntyre Conference Centre
John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh

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