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Southampton PhD student wins the BAE Systems award for innovative research

Published: 27 June 2019
Geir Ólafsson
Geir Ólafsson

Geir Ólafsson has been awarded BAE Systems’ ICASE student award for 2019 for his PhD research on ‘non-destructive examination of composite to steel joints in the marine environment’.

Following the award, Geir said:

“I’m really proud to have been nominated for the award, let alone win it. The support I have had from BAE Systems has been brilliant. Right from the start I’ve had access to people, expertise and facilities to help me carry out my research. I think the fact this is an industrially relevant project is just fantastic.”

His work has also resulted in a joint patent being filed, which gives BAE Systems the added benefit of unique intellectual property to go alongside this high quality research.

Geir is supervised by Professor Janice Barton and Dr Rachael Tighe in Mechanical Engineering, and Dr Stephen Boyd in Fluid-Structures Interactions Group i the School of Engineering.

Professor Janice Barton said:

“I am delighted that Geir received the award, he is an excellent student, and it is very well deserved. From my perspective as an academic, it has been a great experience working with BAE Systems Naval Ships and utilising my expertise in mechanics to support Geir’s project. His PhD will contribute to more sustainable shipping with impact across the commercial sector, as well as in naval applications, by providing more lightweight and durable alternatives to conventional ship construction.”

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