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Prize remembers Battersea professor

A prize has been set up by one of our Battersea graduates in memory of an inspirational lecturer.

Dr Kajal Gupta, who graduated with a PhD in civil engineering in 1965, has established the R C Vaughan Prize for the Best Student Project in Structural Engineering, named after the professor who supported him during his time at Battersea.

It will be awarded to the student whose project displays the best content and potential impact in one of three Master’s programmes:  bridge engineering, civil engineering or structural engineering.

Professor Reginald Charles Vaughan taught mechanics and was also an avowed experimentalist, pioneering novel stress analysis by introducing the Moire Apparatus to Battersea. A host of students used the apparatus for their Master’s and PhD programmes.

Dr Gupta said: “Professor Vaughan was a dedicated teacher and a pioneering researcher who helped students achieve their goals. Many had rewarding careers in government, industry and academia.”

Dr Gupta worked at the National Physical laboratory before moving to California where he still works as Research Engineering Director for NASA Armstrong Flight Research.

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