This year’s industrial secondees are:
Dr Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Coventry University, seconded to MIRA Ltd
Dr Shaikh will collaborate with MIRA Ltd, a leading automotive engineering and development facility, to find a solution to the increasingly important issue of automotive cybersecurity. Dedicated software controls a variety of applications including sensing, control, navigation, diagnostics and passenger safety on modern automobiles, and Dr Shaikh will work on making these systems more resistant to cyber attacks.
Dr Rafic Ajaj, University of Southampton, seconded to Airbus Operations Limited
Dr Ajaj will spend his secondment with Airbus Operations Limited, working on advanced morphing wing design, developing the folding wingtip concept to turn it into a system that can be used in flight to reduce gust and manoeuvre loads on the wing.
Dr Tao Chen, University of Surrey, seconded to Unilever UK Central Resources Limited
Dr Chen will apply his expertise to develop a model that can predict how chemicals are absorbed by the skin, which for the first time will incorporate the effect of features of the skin such as hair follicles. The results will be used to build a program that Unilever could use routinely when designing skin care products.
Dr Andrea Da Ronch, University of Southampton, seconded to Airbus Operations Limited
Dr Da Ronch will spend his time at Airbus working with teams to develop and prototype a rapid methodology for predicting the effects of the forces acting on wings and other airplane structures in flight (a procedure called aeroelastic loads assessment) using computational fluid dynamics. Such methods will help aircraft designers understand how aerodynamic changes impact on structural loads and weight implications, as part of a research plan to create more environmentally-friendly aircraft.
Dr Gillian Ragsdell, University of Loughborough, seconded to the Energy Technologies Institute
Dr Ragsdell will support the design of ETI’s knowledge management to ensure systems and processes are designed to enhance the dissemination and use of the knowledge, insights and innovation built up by the ETI over the last seven years across its technology programmes portfolio, and to provide sustainable access to its knowledge resources.
Rafael Mauricio Morales Viviescas, University of Leicester, seconded to AgustaWestland
After previous successful collaborations with AgustaWestland on other projects, Dr Morales Vivescas will spend his secondment period working on an improved control system for a new generation of helicopter rotors.