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Mr Nikhil Mistry MEng Acoustical Engineering

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I am a postgraduate research student in underwater acoustics and ultrasonics. My research project consists of acoustic modelling of oceanic bubble clouds with applications to meteorology and sonar.

My greatest interest is in inspiring people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to do what makes them the happiest. Science makes me happy; it's what wakes me up in the morning and that's why I stick at it and that's why I like to share my passion for it.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton in 2014 with a First Class Honours in MEng Acoustical Engineering. During my degree I completed a two-month placement with Arup in London, producing auralisations to discuss acoustics environments within offices, a year-long placement in Australia with AECOM and SLR Consulting, working on building and environmental acoustics and a two-month placement at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), working on acoustic and thermal characterisation of liver, kidney and muscle tissue with the aim to assist HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment planning.

My experiences have given me a broad perspective on the applications of acoustics and my undergraduate projects and placement at the ICR convinced me that I was best suited to a research-based career.

I am also very passionate about communication and have therefore become a highly active member of the university’s public engagement network. I have been a STEM Ambassador since 2010 and also assisted in the university’s Outreach Roadshow. I also co-ordinate a team that has set up a comedy club for researchers, called Bright Club and also performed in their first show in July 2015. Further, I help facilitate in a science café called The Science Room. I continuously visit schools and offer tours of the ISVR, along with presenting on acoustics to a range of audiences to encourage them to join the ISVR or to consider just how much acoustics is involved in their everyday lives.

In my spare time, I am a road cyclist and tennis player, with experience as a junior tennis coach. I also enjoy learning languages, speaking Spanish (Stage 5), French (Stage 2) and German (Stage 1). This interest in languages stems from a passion to travel and experience foreign cultures and lifestyles.

List of awards

  • Doctoral College Director’s Award 2016: Public Engagement & Outreach
  • Defence & Security Doctoral Symposium 2016: Best Technical Paper, First Prize
  • Acoustical Society of America, 172nd Meeting, Hawaii, USA: Best Student Paper in Underwater Acoustics
  • ISVR Signal Processing & Control Group Away Day 2017: Best Overall Contribution, Second Prize




Research interests

Underwater Acoustics & Ultrasound

Bubble Dynamics

Sonar (Twin Inverted Pulse Sonar - TWIPS)

Medical Ultrasound

Undergraduate Research

Low Frequency Sound Propagation in Shallow Water

StarStream Cleaning Technology for Dental Applications

Other Research

Acoustic & Thermal Characteristics of Liver Tissue for Use in HIFU Therapy Planning (Inst. Cancer Research, Surrey, UK)

PhD research

Acoustical Modelling of Bubbly Littoral Environments

Supervisors: Prof. P. R. White & Prof. T. G. Leighton (ISVR)

Funding: EPSRC Funding

Research group

Signal Processing and Control Group

Affiliate research group

Acoustics Group

STEM Ambassador for Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Regular contributer to university's Outreach programme

Organising member and performer of Bright Club; a stand-up comedy club for researchers

Facilitator of The Science Room; a science café for the general public to have their questions about science answered.

Mr Nikhil Mistry
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:13/3049

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