24th November 2021
On 5th November 2021, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) celebrated 50 years of graduations from its Materials programme. Over a hundred people were present for the event, including four original PhD graduates from the programme, while 45 more participants were also able to join online. Dr Sophie Parsons, a Principal Associate at our London Office, received both her BEng and PhD (Eng) from QMUL in Materials Science & Engineering and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Presentations by former Heads of Materials at QMUL, including the founding Head, reflected on the development of the department over time, before then giving former students the chance to speak about their past experiences and current careers. Sophie spoke about her experience with Hawkins, investigating many cases based on materials failure within the shipping industry. She was joined by Rob Neumann, who spoke about his career in Formula1, and Ioannis Spanoudakis, who appeared virtually to speak about his experience as CEO of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Final talks featured current QMUL staff, and covered today’s research and future focuses, included green energy, recylable materials and biomaterials.
Please visit our Materials Failure page if you’d like to learn more about the diverse range of claims investigated by material scientists like Sophie, and click here to read a previous article that Dr Sophie Parsons has written, focusing on the potential uses and failure mechanisms of biomaterials.