Student Laura Vivar, who last year began her studies at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), has been awarded a prize for the quality of her work.
Laura was the first Lloyd’s Register Foundation-sponsored PhD student to join NSIRC when she began her studies in November 2014, and now rounds off a successful first year by picking up the £1000 prize for the best first-year PhD or EngDoc student, awarded by the Armourers and Brasiers’ Gauntlet Trust.
The competition required Laura to submit a résumé of her work and published papers. Judges awarded the prize after being impressed by the quantity and quality of Laura’s output for the year, the novelty of her work, the way she’d communicated the underlying science, and her transition to independent research.
A student of the University of Leeds and based in the specialist materials and joining team under the supervision of Sanjeev Naik, Laura is conducting research on ‘The influence of nano-additives on corrosion resistance in smart wet-film coatings for steel structures’.
She said: ‘Winning the award has been an encouraging achievement in the first year of my PhD program. I look forward to developing knowhow with my research that will promote a better understanding of functional coatings with high corrosion protection via the use of nano-additives.’
The award will be officially presented to Laura at the TWI Annual Dinner, taking place at King’s College, Cambridge, on Tuesday 30 June.
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