Tue, 16 July, 2019
Dibakor Boruah, a third-year PhD student from Coventry University based in the National Structural Integrity Centre (NSIRC), TWI Ltd, has won three separate competitive awards recently in relation to his PhD research.
Dibakor started his PhD in January 2017 and has been working on “Structural Integrity Assessment of Cold Sprayed Ti-6Al-4V Alloy for Repair Applications”, working alongside TWI’s Fatigue Integrity Management section and Surface Engineering section; which is sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Dibakor’s PhD is supervised by Prof Xiang Zhang (Professor of Structural Integrity) and Dr Abdul Khadar Syed (Research Fellow) from Coventry University, and Dr Matthew Doré (Section Manager) from the Fatigue Integrity Management section at TWI Ltd.
Dibakor won the award for The Welding Institute’s Best Final Year PhD Student 2019 at The Welding Institute’s Annual Awards Dinner 2019 on 2 July, presented by Mike Goulette, the Master of the Armourers and Brasiers Livery Company. The Best PhD Student is awarded to a final year PhD student in materials science and technology by The Welding Institute, based on these selection criteria: (a) significant quality and quantity of published papers or papers in the process of being published, (b) have shown evidence of the novelty of work and the communication of the science, and (c) have shown evidence of transition to independence. The sponsor of this award is The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, a livery company of the City of London. The purpose of this award is to stimulate interest and raise the profile of materials science and metallurgy with a view to engaging young people and promoting the industry.
Dibakor was handed his second award just one day later, on 3 July, when he was announced as the winner of the TWI Industrial Impact Award 2019 at the NSIRC Annual Conference 2019. The TWI Industrial Impact Award recognises research that makes a significant contribution or takes an innovative approach to solve an industrial problem.
His third award saw him given an Armourers and Brasiers Travel Award 2019. These awards provide a grant so that students can travel and present their research. Dibakor is now due to travel to The First European Conference on Structural Integrity of Additively Manufactured Materials (ESIAM19), which will take place in Trondheim, Norway, from 9 to 11 September, 2019.
Before starting his PhD, Dibakor obtained a First Class (Honours) bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Gauhati, India, in 2015 and a master’s degree in Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Sussex, UK, in 2016. He was also awarded the prestigious ‘Chancellors International Scholarship’ for his master’s study by the University of Sussex in 2015.
We would like to congratulate Dibakor on his three awards.