David Upton developed interest in technology while working as a musician and record store manager

IET's award goes to a musician turned engineer

David Upton has been awarded the IET Gerald David Memorial Prize for his research on electronic sensors.

Originally a musician and record shop manager, David developed an interest in music technology, resulting in him making a career move from records to engineering.

He enrolled at the University of Huddersfield to study electronics and music technology.

His work investigating how analogue sensors can receive clear signals in environments that are subject to large amounts of electronic and magnetic noise and interference, came the attention of the IET, which has awarded him the prize for a high standard of research performed by a recent graduate of engineering.

Apart from having been awarded £750 in prize money, David was also accepted into a PhD course at the University of Huddersfield and awarded a scholarship to continue with his research.

He will be working with a group led by Professor Ian Glover on a £670,000 project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

After completing his PhD, Dave’s goal is to move into industry, to pursue a career in research and development.

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