The School is deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of our Senior Lecturer, Dr Enrico Mastropaolo, who died in hospital in Italy on 15 July 2019. Enrico Mastropaolo was an internationally recognised expert in the development of microfabrication technology and its application to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Researchers from the School's Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMP) have revealed insights into how minute, yet powerful, bubbles form and collapse on underwater surfaces. The findings could lend valuable insight into damage caused on industrial structures, such as pump components, when these bubbles burst to release tiny but powerful jets of liquid.
Nikolai Gerasimov, a postgraduate researcher in the School’s BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, has won a Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) research grant for an innovative advance in fire performance testing. The awards are given in recognition of projects which involve innovative scientific development, and enable recipients to become Society of Instrument Maker (SIM) Scholars.
Civil Engineering alumnus Kal Turnbull has recently attracted media attention for his idea to improve the quality of online conversations. Kal is co-founder and CEO of online platform ChangeAView.com, a startup which aims to promote thoughtful debate on online platforms. The company started with an idea which came to Kal when he was a 17-year-old teenager living in the Highlands. Feeling that he might “grown up in a bit of a small-town bubble”, Kal started a new group on the online discussion form Reddit, called Change My View.