I am currently at the University of Oxford studying for a DPhil in Engineering Science which I started in October 2016. I am researching the high strain rate properties of particulate composites under the supervision of Prof. Clive Siviour at the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering research group. Ultimately, the aim of the research is to be able to predict the high strain rate mechanical response of the material from the knowledge of its composition, and to be able to design them to meet specific requirements.
Conferences, presentations, research trips:
- Mars Desert Research Station (Expedition 184) – December 2017 – MDRS, Utah desert, USA
- Wolfson College field research award
- Department of Engineering Science travel award
- British Society of Strain Measurement’s 3rd Postgraduate Experimental Mechanics Conference – November 2017 – Imperial College, London
- European Conference on Constitutive Models for Rubbers – August 2017 – Munich, Germany
- Conference Proceedings: A framework for analyzing hyper-viscoelastic polymers
- APS Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter – July 2017 – St. Louis, Missouri, USA
- Recipient of a Student Travel Award
- Conference Proceedings: To follow
- UK Space Conference – May 2017 – Manchester, UK
- European Space Generation Workshop – March 2017 – Paris, France
- Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (Scientific and Technical Subcommittee) – February 2017 – Vienna, Austria
- Poster Evening – February 2017 – Wolfson College, Oxford
- British Society of Strain Measurement’s 2nd Postgraduate Experimental Mechanics Conference – December 2016 – Mansfield College, Oxford
To complete my Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Science, I worked on several assignments delving into pedagogy, educational leadership, and curriculum development. For the Teach First route at the University of Nottingham, this involved three Reflective Journal Assignments and three Written Assessments.
- RJA1: Classroom Management – On the use of rewards and sanctions
- RJA2: Assessment for Learning – On the use of self and peer-assessment
- RJA3: A critical reflection on my continuing professional development (CPD); the extent to which it has, and how it will improve pupil learning; and how it will inform targets for my NQT year
- WA1: Evaluating “Faraday” Community College’s approach to community cohesion
- WA2: Which theory of learning and teaching influenced, and was developed by; your planning, teaching, assessment, and evaluation of a unit of work? Critically evaluate and analyse the contribution of this theory and its application to the unit of work and to pupil attainment
- WA3: What theories influenced your practice in order to improve the learning of two students with similar special educational needs? Critically evaluate and analyse the contribution of these theories and their application to students’ learning
For my Master’s thesis at Imperial College, I worked under the supervision of Prof. Paul Robinson on the development of shape memory carbon fibre composites for potential space applications. Innovative materials that are able to be flattened for logistical reasons, and then deployed on-demand via the application of heat to their original pre-configured shape.
The videos below highlight the performances of the many different shapes investigated.
Full text: Deployable composite structures thesis
Paper leading from some of the research I helped to conduct: Deployable, shape memory carbon fibre composites without shape memory constituents
At Imperial College, for my MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, in the Group Design Project, I worked with Dr Mirko Kovac of the then fledgling Aerial Robotics Lab in its founding year to co-direct a project with fifteen other students on bio-inspired autonomous construction.
Full text: Bio-inspired autonomous construction report
My first experience of research was for the Extended Project Qualification for which I investigated the efficacy of various launch vehicles. I presented this at International Space Olympics in Korolev, Russia, for which I attained first prize.