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Our postgraduate researchers are the upcoming pioneers of the real world. So, we celebrate you.  

Our annual engineering research showcase gives you a platform to share your PhD research, network with peers and practice your presenting skills.

In every year of your PhD, you’ll get the opportunity to put yourself forward to represent your research group. If selected by your group, you’ll go head-to-head with your peers in a friendly, fun, and informal competition at the engineering research showcase.

  • First year postgraduates take part in Pitch Perfect PhD – can you pitch your research in just one minute?
  • Second year postgraduates present their research as a poster – are you prepared to answer questions from the judges?
  • Third year postgraduates compete in the Three Minute Thesis – can you condense three years of research into a three-minute presentation?

With an audience of supportive peers and PhD supervisors – plus a fascinating keynote by an invited industry speaker – the engineering research showcase is one of the highlight events of the year. 



2023 winners and runners-up

Pitch Perfect PhD

Winner: James Caruana - Centre for Additive Manufacturing

Runner-up: Nicholas Breeze – Advanced Manufacturing Technology 

Three Minute Thesis

Winner: Diret Tang’an – Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies

Runner-up: Shusong Zan - Advanced Manufacturing Technology


Best Poster – Overall

Winner: Alasdair Bulloch - Centre for Additive Manufacturing

Runner-up: Neil Sutherland – Nottingham Geospatial Institute

Best Poster – Research Impact

Winner: Suvvi Swamy – Optics and Photonics

Runner-up: Sviatoslav Voskresenskyi – George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research

Best Poster – Research Quality

Winner: Mariam Abed - Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Runner-up: Suvvi Swamy - Optics and Photonics


Best Paper - Postgraduate Researcher

Winner: Sarah Rodgers – Sustainable Process Technologies

Runner-up: Negar Gilani - Centre for Additive Manufacturing

Best Paper - Postdoctoral Researcher

Winner: Yujie Mao - Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies

Runner-up: Matthew Waddge – Advanced Materials




Engineering Research Showcase posters

Can hybrid packaging communicate food sustainability to customers?

Is it the end of the line for technophobic rail passengers?

99 problems but is plastic one?

What’s the thermal performance of a 3D printed building?

These are just some of the questions our postgraduate researchers are investigating. Take a look at all of the posters by our second year PhD students from the 2023 showcase.

Aerial view of staff and students reading posters in the ESLC atrium



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