University of Bath PhD student Lu Ma.

Fellowship supports Bath student's research career

An engineering student from the University of Bath has secured a fellowship grant of up to $50,000, aimed at supporting her ambition to become a future academic.

The fellowship has been awarded through the Schlumberger Foundation, a nonprofit entity that supports science and technology education. The Foundation’s flagship programme, ‘Faculty for the Future’, was launched to award fellowships to women from developing economies. Since its inception in 2004 the program has awarded grants to 323 women from 63 countries.

Second year PhD student Lu Ma, from the University of Bath’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, has been recognised as a talented female engineer and the fellowship will free up some of her time, allowing her to be entirely focused on her PhD research into magnetic induction tomography (MIT), and give her opportunities to promote advanced engineering, sciences and technology to others.

“My PhD research focuses on developing an affordable, non-destructive and user-friendly pipeline inspection technology using this technique, a novel application for MIT in non-destructive evaluations (NDE),” she explains. “This is very important, as pipelines are susceptible to internal and external corrosion, cracking, third party damage and manufacturing flaws, which has resulted in increasing demand in advanced technology for pipeline inspection. Successful development of such a technique would offer substantial and far-reaching benefits.”

Lu is originally from Shang Luo city in northwest China, and has been studying at Bath since 2009. She was one of the first students from the North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) to take part in a 2+2 programme, which allowed undergraduates to do two years study in China followed by two years in Bath.

“I am very grateful that the Schlumberger Foundation provides an opportunity for me and my supervisor, Dr Soleimani, to establish research collaborations with international groups. I feel extremely fortunate to receive this prestigious award in this international competition, which will definitely help me to realise my ambitions in life,” she says.

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