Our PhD students, Rhodri and Lisa took part in the inaugral EADS Student Showcase on 28-29th May 2012. As part of their research they are linked to EADS, the parent comparny of Airbus who have a strong interest in bio-aviation fuel. The event brought together students from all disciplines, ranging from new composite materials for aircraft fuselage to cyber secruity to phychological techniques for detecting lies. This was further complemented with talks from EADS executives including Robin Southwell, the CEO of EADS UK and Dick Ormshaw, the chief test pilot for Eurocopter.
The first day was drawn to a close with a water taxi tour of the River Avon with views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and a surprise VIP visit to the SS Great Britain. A gloriously sunny evening meant that they were greeted by pimms and canapés on the top deck before being served a fantastic 4-course dinner in the first-class dining room. The evening ended with a guided tour of the ship by a gentleman involved in the restoration project from start to finish, where his passion and dedication clearly shone through.
As part of the second day, first and second-year PhD students were asked to produce a poster of their research whereas final year students gave a 15 minute presentation. To add to the excitement, prizes were awarded for both, where our very own Rhodri Jenkins and fellow Bath University chemical enginnering student, Jessica Sharpe scooped the best poster prizes. Their efforts will be rewarded by a VIP visit to the Farnborough International Airshow from 9-15th July 2012. Well done to them both!