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Triple success with three SEMS student projects accepted for presentation at prestigious British Conference for Undergraduate Research

16 February 2024

Three SEMS undergraduate student research projects have been accepted for presentation at the prestigious UK-wide British Conference for Undergraduate Research, being hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE). The students who will be presenting at the conference are Barbaros Zeren and Yash Vaghela, both first year students supervised by … [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]

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SEMS students' research paper accepted for presentation at undergraduate mathematics conference

23 January 2024

Two first year SEMS undergraduate students, Mr Barbaros Zeren and Mr Yash Vaghela, supervised by Dr Rehan Shah, have had their research project paper accepted for presentation at the Institute of Mathematics' (IMA) Tomorrow's Mathematicians Today (TMT) undergraduate mathematics conference, being hosted by the University of Greenwich. Their project, … [more]

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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]

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The Scotsman newspaper publishes cautiously optimistic view by Dr Avital and the Hyperlink student team, in its article on Hyperloop technology

10 January 2024

Following the closure of the startup Hyperloop One in December 2023, The Scotsman newspaper looked at the future possibility of using Hyperloop technology to connect Edinburgh with London. While the University of Edinburgh’s team expressed optimism, other UK academics expressed pessimism, pointing to the high cost of the technology. … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah awarded LMS grant for workshop on threshold concepts in undergraduate mathematics teaching

8 January 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a Teaching and Learning in Higher Education grant by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) for organising a one-day workshop on identifying and recognising the implications of threshold concepts in the teaching of undergraduate mathematics. As part of this initiative, Dr Shah will organise an … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah attends AI Advancement Forum on Revolutionising Education at the Palace of Westminster, House of Lords

15 December 2023

Dr Rehan Shah was specially invited to attend the AI Advancement Forum on Revolutionising Education held at the Palace of Westminster, House of Lords. This was hosted by the University of Surrey for the launch of KEATH.ai (Key Evaluation and Assessment Tools Hub), an advanced AI technology tool that … [more]

SEMS staff recognised at the awards were from left to right: Paul, Sanaa, Wei and Irene all being congratulated by James Busfield.

SEMS Staff Recognised at the Annual Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration

13 December 2023

SEMS staff were recognised at the Annual Faculty of Science and Engineering Celebration on the 13th December 2023. Irene Prieto Reina was awarded the Professional Services Excellence Award. Wei Tan was awarded the Research Excellence Award. Sanaa Hafeez was awarded the Student Experience and Education Award. Paul Balcombe was awarded the … [more]

Shafique Ahmed and Haixue Yan being presented with the Pfeil Award by the IOM3 president Kate Thornton

Shafique Ahmed and Haixue Yan Presented with the Pfeil Award by the IOM3

7 December 2023

Congratulations to Shafique Ahmed and Haixue Yan and their co-authors: Chunxiao Song, Jiyue Wu & Bo Li on their research paper, "Temperature dependence in ageing process in commercial zirconia dental ceramics" which has received the esteemed IOM3 Pfeil Awardfrom the IOM3. The research sheds light on the behaviour … [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]

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Dr Rehan Shah awarded QMUL Centre for Public Engagement grant for project on university-community partnerships

8 November 2023

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a Community Engagement grant by the QMUL Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) for a project titled 'Locating communities in community-based learning: empowering local community groups in university-community partnerships' in collaboration with Dr. David Geiringer from the School of History at QMUL. As part of … [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]

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Collaboration with UCL results in publication in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

19 October 2023

A collaboration led by Dr Rehan Shah in conjunction with UCL academic Prof Gert van der Heijden has resulted in a publication in the reputed Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS) and is available as an open access paper on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2023.105464 In this … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah awarded ALDinHE education grant for collaborative project with UCL

9 October 2023

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded an Education Research Grant by the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) to work on a research project titled 'Promoting equity in education for sustainable development through community-based learning and teaching: A case study of two collaborating universities' with a team comprising … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah appointed as Co-Chair of the Ethics Ambassadors Committee for the Engineering Professors Council

19 September 2023

Dr Rehan Shah has been elected to serve as the Co-Chair of the Ethics Ambassadors Committee for the Engineering Professors Council (EPC). The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the Engineering Ethics Toolkit recently published by the EPC remains a high quality and dynamic resource that can feature … [more]

QMUL SEED Award

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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Sir Colin Humphreys appears on BBC Radio 4's "The Life Scientific"

29 August 2023

On Tuesday 29th August Professor Sir Colin Humphreys was Professor Jim Al-Khalili's guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Life Scientific". Colin discussed his work as a materials scientist and engineer, his use of electron microscopy and of course about his work on graphene, the world's … [more]

Hyperlink students presenting in the European Hyperloop Week

Student team makes an impact at European Hyperloop Week

31 July 2023

A group of students from the Hyperlink London society, most of whom study Engineering and Materials Science programmes at Queen Mary, recently showcased their work at European Hyperloop Week. European Hyperloop Week is a yearly international event dedicated to the Hyperloop - a futuristic transportation concept which combines elements of … [more]

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Dr Giuseppe Viola awarded the President and Principal’s Fund for Educational Excellence

25 July 2023

Dr Viola has been funded to further support our Undergraduate Research Project Activities through a new Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research (QMCUR). This will be carried out in collaboration with a dedicated team of undergraduate students who will take on the role of "co-creators" under the supervision … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah awarded a follow-on renewal of collaborative Engineering Education Research Grant with UCL

7 July 2023

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a follow-on renewal collaborative Engineering Education Research Grant through UCL's Centre for Engineering Education to continue working on the cross-institutional interdisciplinary project on community-based placements in engineering education with a team comprising colleagues from UCL including academics from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, … [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]

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Dr Rehan Shah awarded a fully funded place to attend the Engineering Professors Council (EPC) Academics Network Annual Congress 2023

5 June 2023

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded 1 of 5 fully funded sponsored places for early career academics to attend the Engineering Professors Council (EPC) Academics Network Annual Congress taking place in Hereford, UK from 12-14 June 2023. Dr Shah will represent QMUL to attend this year's annual congress event focusing on 'New … [more]

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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]

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Collaboration with UCL results in a publication in the London Review of Education

17 May 2023

A collaboration led by Dr Rehan Shah in conjunction with UCL academic Dr Anne Preston has resulted in a publication in the London Review of Education, an open-access journal publishing rigorous, theoretically based research into contemporary education. Community-based learning and teaching in higher education, and other versions of it, such … [more]

The full-scale James Webb Space Telescope model at South by Southwest in Austin

Engineering the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) - the largest optical telescope in space

17 April 2023

In a seminar at Queen Mary, NASA’s Dr Raymond Ohl explained what makes the JWST’s architecture so unique. Dr Ohl has worked on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project at the Goddard Space Flight Center in various roles for about 20 years. He was invited by … [more]

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Hyperlink team wins Bright Network award

9 March 2023

The Hyperlink student team wins the Innovation Award by Bright Network for their innovative solutions of developing a hyperloop transport technology. The student team is based at the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London and has student members from other schools as the School … [more]

Helical rod with relaxed boundary conditions under compression

Collaboration with UCL results in a publication in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

4 February 2023

A collaboration led by Dr Rehan Shah in conjunction with UCL academic Prof Gert van der Heijden has resulted in a publication in the reputed Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS) and is available as an open access paper on http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2023.105224. In … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah awarded a collaborative Engineering Education Research Grant with UCL

30 January 2023

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a collaborative Engineering Education Research Grant through UCL's Centre for Engineering Education to work on a cross-institutional interdisciplinary project with a team comprising colleagues from UCL including academics from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Institute of Education, UCL East and professional services staff … [more]

A group of PhD student and staff celebrating in the Octagon after the graduation ceremony

SEMS' Winter Graduation

6 January 2023

The winter graduation ceremony returned to the Great Hall on the Mile End campus once again 2023. The venue was filled with a cast of hundreds of SEMS graduates and their families and friends. The largest cohort was made up our MSc students from last year, but there was a good … [more]

Visitors from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

SEMS hosts visit from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

28 November 2022

SEMS hosted a visit from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Monday 28th November. They were lead by the Assistant Cultural Attaché from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and by Professor AlKharoubi, KFUPM. The group were a total of 24 students and staff from … [more]

Research showcase

SEMS November Industrial Liaison Forum including PhD Research Showcase and and Student Awards

9 November 2022

We were pleased to once again hold the bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum live in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 9th November 2022 in the Octagon. The event was well attended by staff and students as well as industrialists. The day was broken up into five parts, starting in the … [more]

Prize winners

November Prize-giving for SEMS' Taught Students

9 November 2022

At the Industrial Liaison Forum on 9th November 2022, we celebrated the achievements of some of our best taught students. Over 20 prizes were awarded by the School. These were awarded across subject and year groups and included "Academic Achievement Prizes as well as "Best Project Prizes". One "… [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]