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Industrial Liaison Forum and SEMS Prize Day

15 November 2011

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday October 19th in the Octagon. The event was a great success with over fifty industrialists from over forty organisations attending. The event was broken up into three parts, starting with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by the annual SEMS Prize Day ceremony for the 2010-2011 academic year and finally completed with four separate panel sessions, chaired by SEMS academics and made up of attending industrial participants.

The PhD poster exhibition was of great interest to faculty, students and attending industrialists alike. Over 60 posters were displayed with three prizes awarded, sponsored by ARTIS, the National Physical Laboratory and Becker Industrial Coatings Ltd.

The annual SEMS Prize Day ceremony then followed with over fifty student prizes and nearly £8000 in prize money awarded. There were a number of multiple award recipients and all of the winners were honoured to have their prizes delivered by a number of industrial sponsors, Vice Principal Jeremy Kilburn and Principal Simon Gaskell.

Finally the day was brought to a resoundingly successful completion as four parallel panel sessions were held, attended by over 350 SEMS students. The sessions were chaired by SEMS academics and made up of leading industrialists in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Materials Science and Healthcare Engineering.

The SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum has now been held twice a year for three years and provides an opportunity for students, academics and industrial links to interact and further Queen Mary’s strong position and reputation within the engineering and materials science industries.

The next Industrial Liaison Forum will again be held in the Octagon on February 10, 2012 and will be focused on current MEng projects and industrial links with SEMS alumni.

Updated by: Crawford Blagden