ACCIS CDT student wins Hexcel project prize
22 April 2020
PhD student Marcelle Hecker has been awarded the annual Hexcel prize for the best ACCIS CDT six-month extended research project (XP).
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic it was not possible for Hexcel to formally present Marcelle with her £100 prize money or her certificate, but we would all like to congratulate her virtually.
Marcelle, a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT), won the award for her XP project ‘Mechanical and spectral characterisation of naturally aged sails: A simple woven textile’, under the supervision of Ian Hamerton, Marco Longana, Fiona Bruce (North Group Sustainability) and Gary Owen (EM Solutions).
After completing nine months of taught units, the XP is the culmination of the ACCIS CDT’s taught component, and gives the first year cohort the opportunity to conduct a novel piece of research work prior to embarking on their PhD projects. Perhaps not surprisingly, Marcelle has chosen to build on the impressive work started with the XP project for her full PhD project (read more about the XP project and follow on PhD).
Marcelle said: “I would like to thank Hexcel for their recognition of my extended research project (XP). It is great to have the composites industry supporting the work done at the University. I would also like to thank my supervisors, Dr. Marco Longana, Prof. Ian Hamerton, Gary Owen, and Fiona Bruce with North Sails, who supported me throughout the XP.”
Dr Alex Baidak, Vice President - R&T Aeromatrix & Adhesives at Hexcel, said: “Hexcel is delighted to sponsor the prize for the best ACCIS CDT XP project at Bristol. Hexcel recognises the key research and training roles played by the ACCIS centre in Bristol. We are pleased to congratulate Marcelle for her outstanding work and would like to wish her all the best for the completion of her PhD project.”
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) is now known as the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM CDT).