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SurFlow™ Project Supervisor Receives Knighthood

Wed, 16 December, 2020

Professor Roy Sambles, one of the two academic supervisors currently working with TWI and NSIRC on a SurFlow™ PhD project, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to scientific research and outreach.

Professor Sambles FRS works at the University of Exeter’s Physics and Astronomy department, where he has been the professor of experimental physics since 1991.

His research now focuses on the electromagnetic and acoustic properties of metamaterials encompassing potential developments in ‘cloaking’ as well as radio frequency communications.

He is instrumental in assisting with the development of TWI’s SurFlow™ technology, which won the 2018 Composites UK industry award for Innovation in Composite Design. The SurFlow™  team at TWI includes Jasmin Stein, Chris Worrall, Stuart Lewis, Mihalis Kazilas, and Dimitris Fakis.

Speaking on his knighthood, Professor Sambles said, “It is an absolute honour to receive a knighthood. I have been fortunate to receive support from so many places, including my amazing wife Sandy, our children and grandchildren, and my Christian faith and God’s guidance. I was also fortunate to have the support of a visionary Head of Department, Trevor Preist, while I have enormously valued working with and alongside some extremely talented colleagues and research students. Success has come through sheer hard work driven by a natural curiosity, but also it has always been so important to me to treat everyone equally and nurture and encourage them when I can.”

The SurFlow™ PhD Project is part of the Lamarr Core Research Programme Project currently being undertaken by TWI.

We would like to congratulate Professor Sambles on receiving this honour.

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