A Renishaw researcher has been awarded an Industrial Fellowship worth over £80,000 by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
Jethro Coulson is also an EngD student at the University of Nottingham. Jethro was awarded the Fellowship to further develop and commercialise a laser ultrasonic-based material characterisation technique called Spatially Resolved Acoustic Spectroscopy (SRAS).
Only eight Industrial Fellowships are awarded each year, providing young scientists and engineers with the means to develop an innovative commercial technology with the potential to secure a patent.
First established by Prince Albert to stage the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Royal Commission now awards a number of fellowships and grants to support industrial education. The Industrial Fellowships form a crucial part of this work, with the specific aim of encouraging profitable innovation in British industry.
The 2013 Fellows were recognised at an award ceremony attended by the Rt Hon David Willetts, UK Minister for Universities and Science.
Jethro’s project is aimed at fulfilling an increasing need in industry for determining the microstructure of high-performance components, such as gas turbine blades and high pressure power-plant parts, rapidly and quantitatively. He explains he was attracted to the Industrial Fellowship because it would allow him to apply his physics background to a practical problem as well as give him the funding and time to explore and develop new ideas.
Bernard Taylor, Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 said the Commission aims to encourage innovation across the whole breadth and depth of British industry in the 21st century. He describes Jethro's work as a perfect example of this diversity, which also fulfils the Fellowship's aim to fund the development of profitable and patented technologies.