Kirsty Rutherford, Yutong Sun and María Munguía Romero with Prof James Busfield holding their rubber scroll with Prof James Busfield

Soft Matter Group perform brilliantly at the European Rubber PhD Symposium

21 June 2024

The Soft Matter Group (SMG) at QMUL participated in the 12th European PhD symposium in rubber research. This year's event was brilliantly organised by Radek Stoček at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic. James Busfield said “This is a great annual meeting where … [more]


SEMS student wins QMUL SEED award for educational scholarship

18 June 2024

Queen Mary School of Engineering and Materials Science second-year undergraduate student Ava Dahlia Belafonte has been successful in securing the Student Enhanced Engagement and Development (SEED) Award from the Queen Mary Academy for her significant contributions as a student research assistant on the co-creational mathematics education project titled 'Making diversity … [more]

Abstract Deadline Extended to 22nd May

BioMedEng24: Abstract deadline extended to 22nd May

1 May 2024

BioMedEng24 is pleased to announce an extension to the deadline for abstract submission. New Deadline for Submission: 22nd May 2024 Don't miss your chance to showcase your innovative work at this leading biomedical engineering conference. Ensure you submit your abstract by the new deadline to secure your spot. Please visit: … [more]

Dr Rehan Shah

Dr Rehan Shah awarded IMA grant for focus groups to empower students through co-creation of inclusive mathematics curricula

22 April 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a special grant by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for organising focus groups for empowering students through the co-creation of inclusive STEM curricula for mathematics courses, in conjunction with his collaborator Dr Brigitte Stenhouse from the Open University. This forms part … [more]

Speakers for BioMedEng24

BioMedEng24 Abstract Submission

31 March 2024

The next Biomedical Engineering Association’s annual conference, BioMedEng24, will be organised by Queen Mary University of London, taking place on 5-6 September 2024. Expect to explore plenary sessions, keynote talks, break-out workshops, poster sessions, dedicated early-career researcher sessions and more. Abstract Submission Leaders from academia, industry, clinicians, early-career researchers … [more]

Emma's award

Queen Mary student wins 'Student of the Year' at UK space exploration conference

11 March 2024

Emma Nicolai, founder of the new student society, Queen Mary Students for Exploration and Development in Space society (QMSEDS), has had her leadership and initiative recognised by the national organisation, UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS). At their annual flagship event – the National Student Space … [more]

Diversifying the STEM curricula award-winning poster

Dr Rehan Shah and team win 'Best Innovation' Poster Award at QMUL Festival of Education

8 March 2024

Dr Rehan Shah, along with second-year undergraduate SEMS student Ms Ava Dahlia Belafonte were awarded the 'Best Innovation Prize' for their poster showcasing their scholarship research work on 'Making diversity count: empowering students to make STEM curricula more inclusive' at the QMUL Festival of Education 2024. Colleagues and festival attendees were … [more]

Professor Hazel Screen

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Meet Professor Hazel Screen

8 March 2024

For International Women’s Day, we’re reflecting on some of the women in Engineering who have inspired us. Professor Hazel Screen is our first female Head of School, and also Director of the Organ on a Chip Network, Co-Director of the Centre for Predictive in vitro Models … [more]

Hichem Taleb delivers a presentation as part of a two month internship at SEMS

New summer internships programme launched

14 February 2024

As part of a faculty-wide initiative to address systemic underrepresentation of UK BAME students at Postgraduate level, SEMS funded two BAME undergraduate student summer internships. The successful students took part in a variety of work, gaining a broad understanding of research skills and methods as well as academic and industry-based … [more]

Yewande Akinola

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Ten Engineers you should know

10 February 2024

1. Yewande Akinola “Engineering is about finding solutions that improve people’s lives” Yewande Akinola is Innovation Lead at Laing O’Rourke and a television presenter. Her work focusses on sustainable water supplies, finding solutions for water sanitation in under-developed countries. She founded Global Emit Project, mentoring … [more]

Strategies to heal membranes after preterm rupture

Wellcome awards £1.8M funding to prevent preterm birth

1 February 2024

Climate change impact award Led by Prof Andrew Prendergast who is the Director of the Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research in Zimbabwe, the team have established clinical trials to promote healthy birth and growth. Funding by the Wellcome Climate Impact Award will support a transdisciplinary team of … [more]

Navjot Sawhney in India

The aerospace alumnus proving that engineers can change the world

26 January 2024

Navjot Sawhney graduated from Queen Mary in 2013 with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering. Since leaving the university, he has founded The Washing Machine Project, a social enterprise dedicated to designing and distributing manual hand-cranked washing machines to displaced and low-income people around the world. After taking on a graduate role … [more]

Sarah Bailey receives the Tata Varsity Pitch award

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering student wins Tata pitch competition

25 January 2024

A company founded by a Queen Mary Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering student has won NACUE's Tata Varsity Pitch Competition – a prestigious award which aims to support innovative, competitive and socially beneficial ideas and inventions. Sarah Bailey’s start-up, Even, makes affordable period underwear for refugees. Designed … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah invited as keynote speaker to the University of Kent

24 January 2024

Dr Rehan Shah was specially invited to deliver a reflective teaching workshop on inclusive teaching to academic colleagues from the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Kent. This was the second event in a series of workshops organised by the Student Success Central Team at … [more]

Proud to be an Engineer

Engineers Celebrate Athena Swan Success

18 January 2024

Gender equality recognised by Athena Swan Bronze Award First recognised in 2010, the School has now had this award conferred for another five years until 2029, where the conditions were met "directly and fully". The Athena Swan Charter works across the globe to support and transform gender equality in Higher … [more]

The first meeting of the Proud to be an Engineer participants

Proud to be an Engineer welcomes seventeen engineers onto the project to change perceptions and inspire a new generation.

15 December 2023

On Friday 24th November 2023, we welcomed nine engineers to the Mile End Campus for the first session of our Proud to be an Engineer project. The following week, another eight engineers joined an online induction session to join the group. Funded by The Ingenious Award with a £30,000 grant, Proud … [more]

Staff present to receive their awards included in the front row from left to right: Mouna, Henri, Irene, Neil, Maria, Ji & Angela. At the back on camera: Saqib and Faith.

SEMS Annual Awards Announced

6 December 2023

At the end of the staff meeting on the 6th December 2023, we hosted our annual SEMS prize celebration. We had a large number of nominations this year and the awards were spread across the entire SEMS community. The Team of the Year for 2023 was the Teaching Fellow / Teaching Associate Team … [more]

Many colleagues from SEMS attended the celebration including Olly Fenwick, Thomas Iskratsch, Karin Hing and Wei Tan being congratulated in the photo by Martin, Wen and James.

SEMS team recognised at QMUL Academic Promotions Event

21 November 2023

On 21st November QMUL hosted an event to celebrate the staff who have been promoted in the most recent academic promotion rounds. As we reported back in September, this was a very successful outcome for SEMS with 12 of our colleagues being promoted across all the different academic grades, reflecting the … [more]


Emma Nicolai establishes the Queen Mary Students for Exploration and Development in Space society

20 November 2023

Emma Nicolai, a 2nd-year student in Aerospace Engineering and a core member of the Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research (QMCUR), has received approval to establish the Queen Mary Students for Exploration and Development in Space (QMSEDS) society. QMSEDS proudly serves as Queen Mary's dedicated branch within the UK … [more]

Emma Sadler with Dr Oliver Fenwick

Emma Sadler wins the PDRA prize at the 2023 SEMS ILF Research Showcase

15 November 2023

At the SEMS recent research led Industrial Liaison Forum, there were nine Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRDA) flash presentations. The session was of great interest to faculty, PDRAs, students and attending industrialists alike. After careful deliberation panel of judges awarded the following prize: Emma Sadler for a presentation on 'Superhydrophobic Surfaces: … [more]

Group Photo and Sample Feedback

UCL Engineering Students Visit SEMS' Aeronautical Lab

14 November 2023

Last week, during Skills and Employability week, third year Engineering students from UCL visited our High-Speed Wind Tunnels in the Whitehead Aeronautical Laboratory. During their visit, they were able to use the Wind Tunnel facilities to complete two of their coursework elements, designed by Dr Fariborz Motallebi from QMUL SEMS. … [more]

From top left: Francisco Rubén Parra-Perea, Laura Forster and Yuan Zhang, with Dr Oliver Fenwick.

Award Winning Research Students in 2023 SEMS ILF Research Showcase

14 November 2023

At the recent SEMS research-led Industrial Liaison Forum, there was a showcase from 60 of our current PhD students. The panel of judges this year were made up a wide range of early career researchers (Dr Luis Murillo Herrera, Mr Eugenio Sebastian Suena Galindez, Dr Clemence Nadal, Dr Oliver Brookes and … [more]

The SEMS Research Showcase at the Industrial Liaison Forum

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum, November 2023

8 November 2023

We were pleased to once again hold the bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum live in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 8th November 2023 in the People's Palace. The event was well attended by staff and students as well as industrialists. The day was broken up into five parts, starting … [more]

BioMedEng Innovation Prize awarded to Prof. Karin Hing

BioMedEng23 Conference Highlights the Pioneering Work of Queen Mary Bioengineering

21 September 2023

At the recently concluded BioMedEng23 conference, Queen Mary Bioengineering showcased its prowess and contributions to UK Biomedical Engineering. The two-day event, organised by The Association of Biomedical Engineers, Medical Engineers, and Bioengineers (BioMedEng Association), highlighted remarkable advances in and around the UK biomedical sector. Prof Karin Hing Awarded the Prestigious … [more]

Lujain Musafir, Saskia Hale, Aylish Moore and Semhar Misghina (from left to right)

School celebrates student achievements at IMechE awards

14 September 2023

This week, six BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering students were selected to present their final year projects at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards. Queen Mary's representation included four poster presentations and two oral presentations, given by Saskia Hale, Lujain Musafir, Haipeng Liang, … [more]


SEMS student wins QMUL SEED award for education research on Dr Rehan Shah's project, "Community-based placements in engineering education"

12 September 2023

QMUL School of Engineering and Materials Science PhD student Ms Sujitha Kunalan has been successful in securing the Student Enhanced Engagement and Development (SEED) Award from the Queen Mary Academy for her significant contributions as a student research assistant on the co-creational engineering education project titled “Community-based placements in … [more]

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Proud to be an Engineer: changing perceptions through a showcase of stories from engineers typically underrepresented in the industry

9 August 2023

We are really excited to open Proud to be an Engineer: changing perceptions and inspiring the next generation of engineers. Proud to be an Engineer will change perceptions through a showcase of stories from engineers typically underrepresented in the industry, with a focus on engineers who identify as LGBTQ+ or … [more]

Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day

Celebrating the Inspiring Women Engineers at QMUL

23 June 2023

On International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2023, we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Women In Engineering worldwide, who tirelessly contribute to improving and saving lives. This year, we turn our attention to the exceptional female engineers at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. These women embody the qualities … [more]

Bioengineers at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities

SEMS Bioengineering at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities

12 June 2023

Cutting-Edge Science and Engineering Research Showcase RoboCare: Innovations in Healthcare and Assisted Living Dr. Thilina Dulantha Lalitharatne’s team showcased RoboCare, illustrating the potential of robotic technologies in healthcare and assisted living. Visitors interacted with assistive robots, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and discovered how they can enhance the quality of … [more]

2023 Intercalated Biomedical Engineering Graduates

Intercalated Symposium - Celebrating 8 Years

30 May 2023

Opportunities in STEMM Medical students presented research alongside leading scientists and engineers from the Centre of Bioengineering. Presentations covered multiple disciplines in machine learning, cardiovascular disease, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, cancer, medical robotics, fetal medicine and environmental health. In particular, understanding how exposure to harmful pollutants in air, water or soil affects … [more]


Success in Faculty of Science and Engineering's BAME Undergraduate Research Internships

24 May 2023

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) has been successful in securing a BAME undergraduate research studentship for a summer internship research project to be undertaken by first year BEng Mechanical Engineering student Mr Ismail Moalin, under the joint supervision of Dr Rehan Shah and Prof Henri Huijberts from … [more]

Celebrating a twelve year journey

Bioengineering - a secret success story

22 May 2023

Bioengineers save babies' lives When soft tissues like fetal membranes weaken too early, the waters break and the baby is born prematurely. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University College London are investigating the causes of preterm premature rupture of the fetal membranes. A twelve-year journey in multi-disciplinary … [more]

Celebrating engineers across disciplines

National Engineering Week

2 November 2022

Celebrating This is Engineering This is Engineering returned today as National Engineering Week to celebrate the engineers and show how engineering improve lives. We marked the event by inviting undergraduate, Intercalated and MSc students to meet the engineers and celebrate all things STEMM. Engineers improve lives Around 100 students worked … [more]

Did you know a picture speaks a thousand words?

International Women in Engineering Day

23 June 2022

Celebrating women engineers and helping each other see our lives For years we have been celebrating the achievements of our engineers but today we wanted to do something different. We wanted to help others see who we are, help us reflect on our past and see … [more]

Who do you see in this picture?

Picture an Engineer

13 June 2022

When you see an engineer, what does the picture mean to you? International photographer Michael Cockerham and the Ideas Foundation created a digital storytelling workshop at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities to help engineers see each other's worlds. The creative & culture teams built a digital arts studio … [more]

The in person recipients line up for a photo at the annual award ceremony. More than half of the staff in the photo are from SEMS.

SEMS Staff Receive Many Awards at the Science and Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony.

27 January 2022

The Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration took place in the Octagon to a large assembled in person gathering and was broadcast simultaneously online to an even larger audience on the 27th January 2022. SEMS had a very large number of the awards with Andrew Spowage winning the Faculty Award for Internationalisation … [more]

Engineer The Story team at recent workshop

Queen Mary launch storytelling workshops to inspire engineering students

12 October 2021

‘Engineer The Story’, run in partnership with the Ideas Foundation, helps engineers tell stories about their career aspirations at Queen Mary and bring engineering research to life. It is supported by the Train the Trainer programme at the StoryFutures Academy, the UK’s National Centre for Immersive … [more]

Tina brings engineering to life with BBC presenter Dallas Campbell

New funding for storytelling project to inspire future engineers

25 February 2021

‘Engineer the Story’, run in partnership with the Ideas Foundation, helps engineers create digital stories to bring their research to life. Supported by new funding from the Train the Trainer Initiative of StoryFutures Academy, the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by National Film and … [more]

Professor Hazel Screen

This is Engineering Day: Interview with Professor Hazel Screen

4 November 2020

Professor Hazel Screen is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and was recently appointed Head of the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London. Here she talks about her research, new role and what being an engineer means to her. I’ve worked at … [more]

Dr Sobrido

Queen Mary researcher awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

15 October 2020

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido from Queen Mary University of London has today been named as one of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellows for her work to develop innovative energy storage systems. The £1.4m Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) award will support Dr Sobrido’s … [more]

Dr Maria Romero-González. Her inspirational quote: 'I get paid to think...'

Dr Maria Romero-González features in 1 Million Women in STEM campaign

9 July 2020

Dr Maria Romero-González has been featured in the 1 million Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) global campaign as a role model for the next generation of girls aspiring to enter these areas. The campaign is seeking to increase the visibility of women working in STEM through … [more]

Humaira Patel

SEMS student Humaira Patel was a runner up in the The McLaren Future Mobility Challenge

24 April 2020

Humaira Patel, a second year mechanical engineering student, entered for The McLaren Future Mobility Challenge category of The Telegraph newspaper's STEM Awards 2020. Humaira applied her knowledge of materials engineering, gained from her Engineering Materials for Design module, to propose an idea for the automotive sector - using spider silks … [more]

Networking Session in Action

Industrial Liaison Forum is a Tremendous Success

20 November 2019

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday November 20th November in the Octagon. The event was well attended with over eighty industrialists from more than sixty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by … [more]

Professors Steffi Krause,  Julien Gautrot and Henri Huijberts.

Success for SEMS Academics in 2019 Promotion Round

17 September 2019

Following the 2019 Promotion Round we are very pleased to announce that eleven members of staff from SEMS have been promoted. This is a fantastic achievement that demonstrates the quality of work undertaken by staff in the School. In particular congratulations to our three new Professors - Julien Gautrot, Steffi Krause … [more]

Dr Chowdhury present a quote from Professor Peter McOwan

Talk about saving babies' lives inspires young people to become bioengineers

12 July 2019

Queen Mary researcher Dr Tina Chowdhury gave an inspiring talk to young people about saving babies’ lives at the eighth St Paul’s Way Trust Science Summer School chaired by Professor Brian Cox (OBE) and Lord Andrew Mason (OBE). Dr Chowdhury’s research is investigating ways to … [more]

Industrial Liaison Forum Careers and Networking Fair

Industrial Liaison Forum

13 March 2019

The School of Engineering and Materials Science hosted a very successful Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) on Wednesday 13th March 2019 and attracted about 100 visitors throughout the day. The focus was on our Taught Programme Student Projects with more than 100 of our students having the opportunity to discuss their projects with each … [more]

Industrial Liaison Forum PhD Research Showcase

Industrial Liaison Forum

15 November 2018

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday November 14th in the Octagon. The event was well attended with over sixty industrialists from over forty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by the annual … [more]

Adaeze being awarded the Royal Charter Award by the IOM3 President Martin Cox

Two Materials Graduates win National Awards

13 November 2018

Adaeze Siwoniku has been awarded the Royal Charter Award of the IOM3 for being the best materials graduate in the UK in 2018 and Ruhi Patel has been awarded the RH Craven Award of the IOM3 for being the best graduate in the UK in Polymer Materials. James Busfield noted, "… [more]

The diversity of the student led team

Queen Mary students gear up for racing car event

10 July 2018

Students from Queen Mary University of London will be competing at Silverstone this week in the 2018 Formula Student, Europe's most established educational engineering competition. Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single-seater racing car in one year. The cars are then judged … [more]

Dr Tina Chowdhury

Storytelling project for engineers and young east Londoners wins funding

5 April 2018

A Queen Mary University of London project which aims to give engineers the skills to create digital stories about how their work can improve the world has received funding from the Ingenious Awards. ‘Engineer the Story’ will bring together engineers to work alongside disadvantaged young people from east … [more]

The children made biomaterials with Dr James Taylor

Opening young minds to bioengineering

5 May 2016

A pioneering scheme called The Bioengineering Experience, developed for school children to explore advances in science, engineering and materials hosted a group of ten-year olds from St Joseph’s in the Park returning for their second visit to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Led by Dr Tina Chowdhury … [more]

Year 6 students learning about knee joints

The bioengineering experience 2015

5 May 2015

Children aged 10 from St Joseph’s in the Park visited the Institute of Bioengineering and experienced real, hands on lab activities at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The project funded by the Center for Public Engagement, was a fantastic event encouraging young people to experience bioengineering first … [more]