Published: 18 June 2019

Doctoral student honoured at Royal Commission dinner

EngD student Ed Williamson, who has a highly prestigious Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, recently got the chance to meet and talk through his research with HRH The Princess Royal.

Ed Williamson meets The Princess Royal
Ed Williamson meets HRH The Princess Royal.

Ed, who is working with Rolls-Royce on an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies, was selected to meet the Princess at the Presidential Dinner for the Royal Commission, held at Fishmongers Hall in London in March.

The Industrial Fellowship, which he was awarded in 2017, is given to exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to industry, and represents up to £80,000 in additional funding. The Fellowship scheme has an illustrious history, and has produced 13 Nobel Laureates to date.

Ed said: “It was an honour to meet HRH The Princess Royal and have the chance to explain the impact of my research with Rolls-Royce working on Small Modular Reactors.

“The Fellowship has really allowed me to improve my research, as the funding has enabled me to purchase more materials to destructively test. This has resulted in a recent journal paper. Furthermore, I’ve been able to further disseminate my work by attending conferences in Japan, Singapore and Florida.”

Ed’s research at Rolls-Royce – now in its fourth year – is in the field of ceramic coatings and aims to identify and test materials which will eventually replace hard chromium plating in nuclear reactors.


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