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Postgraduate scholarship winners


Five scholarships are available ranging in value from £2,500 to £10,000.


2017 winners

Image of Grigorios-Panagiotis Rigas   Grigorios-Panagiotis (Greg) Rigas is a joint PhD student with the University of Surrey and the National Physical Laboratory. His research project aims to tackle the key challenges associated with introducing printed electronics into large-scale manufacture. After graduating in the top 1% of his class as an Electronic Engineer in Greece, Greg moved to Surrey to pursue an MSc in Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics. At the University of Surrey he received a distinction for his work on printed electronics. Printed electronics have the potential to address some of the global challenges, such as low-cost cancer diagnosis and energy harvesting. This scholarship will allow Greg to disseminate his key findings and to promote the benefits of pursuing a STEM based career.
Image of Martina Zambelli   Martina Zambelli is a PhD student in the Personal Robotics Lab at Imperial College, London. Her research focuses on designing learning algorithms that allow humanoid robots to learn autonomously new skills using multiple senses. She completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Padova, Italy, where she specialised in automation engineering, developing her Master thesis in the Department of Automatic Control at KTH Stockholm. She then moved to London to pursue her doctoral studies in robotics, realising her dream of working with physical robots. Martina aspires to be a top researcher in her field. This scholarship will allow her to further her research, as well as to consolidate and establish stronger professional connections and collaborations.
Image of Sakthy Selvakumaran  

Sakthy Selvakumaran is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge researching advances in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) satellite measurement technologies to understand their relevance, utilisation and limitations to structural monitoring. The widespread deterioration and recent collapses of bridges, dams, tunnels and other key services have highlighted the importance of structural monitoring as a tool to aid infrastructure asset owners and managers. This work aims to use satellite remote monitoring technologies to minimise the risk of such failures.

Sakthy graduated with an engineering degree from Cambridge in 2010. She has since worked as a civil and structural engineer in design consultancy and contracting applications across multiple roles, continents and cultures (including UK, Peru and Spain) before returning to academia to undertake her PhD. In January last year she was named by Forbes on its first ‘30 Under 30’ Europe list, which celebrates young leaders, inventors and entrepreneurs.

The scholarship will enable her to spend time with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Germany. Sakthy will collaborate on a project on earth observation to predict vulnerability of buildings and infrastructure by processing imagery collected by the TerraSAR-X satellite.

Image of Julia Sun  

Julia Sun graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, with a BSc in Biological-Chemical Engineering. She was awarded a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a MRes in Bioengineering at Imperial College London where she graduated with distinction. Now as an Imperial College President’s PhD Scholar, Julia is a first year PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering where she is designing new nanotechnology-based strategies for neuroscience. Her multidisciplinary research experience allows her to integrate techniques from nanoscience, materials science and engineering to create innovative technologies to disrupt healthcare. This scholarship will enable Julia to initiate important global collaborations to advance the development of her technologies.

Image of Zhe Li   Zhe Li is a fourth year PhD student in the Optical Networks Research Group of University College London (UCL) in the UK. His field of research is Optical Engineering: spectrally-efficient and cost-effective optical transceiver designs for medium and short haul applications. In particular, his research focuses on development of digital signal processing techniques to mitigate the linear and non-linear impairments in the optical fibre communication systems. The scholarship will mainly support Zhe in further research activities, enabling him to attend training courses and workshops. The new knowledge and skills will help him develop new ideas to solve the current research issues.

 2018 Key dates


Applications and References:
5 April 2018


Postgraduate Awards (if short-listed):
7 June 2018


IET Achievement Awards:
14 November 2018, 13:00 (GMT)