Prof. Mark Miodownik
Talk Title: Stuff Matters
Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than fifteen years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme. Mark is an award winning author and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering. In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.
Prof. Rachel O'Reilly
Talk Title: Redesigning the World of Plastics
Rachel’s love of practical science led her to study Chemistry at Cambridge and Imperial College, exploring new polymer materials. She became a Professor aged just 34, and is now Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and winner of many accolades; she was a Finalist in the 2019 UK Blavatnik Awards. Rachel creates polymers that mimic features of biological materials such as viruses and cells; these nanomaterials might have self-assembly properties, or enable controlled release or cascade reactions, offering useful applications in drug delivery.
Dr. Lewis Owen
Talk Title: The Periodic Playground – the Use of Elements in Materials Science
Dr Lewis Owen is a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. As an undergraduate, Lewis studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Chemistry, for which he received the Norrish Prize for distinction in Physical Chemistry. He went on to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in conjunction with the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. His research focuses on X-ray and Neutron Scattering techniques used to study materials. Specifically, he works on the use and application of the total scattering technique for the study of local effects in alloy systems. His work on the subject has been awarded prizes by the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research, and from the British Crystallographic Association (Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography). In his spare time he is also a keen musician, singer and conductor, and enjoys acting.
Kayisha Payne began her Higher Education journey at Aston University where she read Chemical Engineering. She continued her education at Imperial College London, where she received a Masters’ in Advanced Chemical Engineering with a heavy focus on Biochemical Engineering and Drug Development. During Kayisha’s time in industry, she has amassed experience in the Cosmetic Industry (COTY) as a Process Engineer, playing a key lead in bringing a very popular product to market. She also has Project Management experience working within the Pharmaceutical and Technology team at Mace. Currently, she holds a position as a Scientist at AstraZeneca. Realising the lack of representation of Black individuals in STEM from education right through to industry, as of January 2018, she founded a non-profit organisation named BBSTEM, Black British Professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The aims are to encourage, enable, and energise individuals in education and industry to widen the participation and contribution of Black individuals in STEM.
Prof. Julia Gog
Talk Title: Maths vs Disease
Julia Gog is the Professor of Mathematical Biology at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. She is also the David N. Moore Fellow and the Director of Studies in Mathematics at Queens’. Julia’s research interests are mainly in the dynamics and evolution of influenza. Recent projects have also included using data to understand the spatial patterns of influenza spread in the US and the UK.
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