Published: 19 March 2015

MEng student wins prestigious IET Award

For the third year running, the coveted IET Dennis Hill Award has been given to a medical engineering student from the University of Surrey.

Awarded by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Healthcare Technologies Network, the Dennis Hill Award is presented annually to the MEng or MSc student who has submitted the best project dissertation in the sphere of healthcare technologies.

This year Tricia Adjei, who graduated from Surrey last summer, impressed judges with her final year project, which broke new ground in using advanced biomedical signal processing techniques to investigate the causes of hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain).

Now employed as a research engineer at Oxehealth, a biomedical software company in Oxford, Tricia said, “I'm extremely grateful to my project supervisor Dr Abasolo for advising me to apply for the award, and also for giving me such an interesting project. I'm still really shocked that I won. I had no expectations when I first sent off my application to the IET, and I just viewed the whole event as something that would be a good experience.”

Dr Daniel Abasolo, programme director for Medical Engineering within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences commented, “To say that I am incredibly proud of Tricia's achievements would be a massive understatement. She has gone from strength to strength, having won an IMechE Medical Engineering poster award last year. The IET Dennis Hill award recognises the outstanding quality of her final year project, in which she applied advanced biomedical signal processing techniques to characterise different types of hydrocephalus using intracranial pressure signals. This is the first time someone has used these techniques to examine the different causes of hydrocephalus.

“The fact that this is the third year in a row this prestigious award has gone to a medical engineering student from the University of Surrey demonstrates the excellent quality of our students and how research at the Centre for Biomedical Engineering informs our undergraduate syllabus"


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