PhD candidate wins International Young Scientist Award

Anshuman Shastri, PhD Electronic Engineering candidate in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, has won the International Young Scientist in Electronics Engineering Award from the Research Education Talks Daily International (REd), in a virtual ceremony held on 5 October.

Anshuman was advised by the School to send his research CV  to the event’s organisers as they believed his unique research in Electronics Engineering was worthy of distinction. He was then interviewed by telephone and video conferencing, before being told he had advanced to the shortlist for the prize.

Usually a gala-like event, the award ceremony was held online with viewers and nominees attending virtually.

Anshman said: ‘It is an honour to win this award and I am delighted to see my research areas being recognised in such a way. The Research Education Talks Daily International awards are prestigious enough just to be associated with but being named the International Young Scientist is an extraordinary feeling. I would especially like to thank my supervisors Dr Benito Sanz-Izquierdo and Professor Mohammed Sobhy from EDA who have helped and supported me during my studies and helping me develop as a researcher. I am also eternally grateful to my family for always being by my side’

Focusing on electronic engineering, Anshuman’s research to this point has included looking into harnessing ambient Wi-Fi energy to power mobile devices wirelessly, improving the processes of 3D printing, and developing intricate designs to improve the signal quality of both 5G and 6G signals.

Mohammed Sobhy, Emeritus Professor of Electronics at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts said: ‘Anshuman did excellent work and fully deserved this prestigious award. He has written five papers in top rated journals and made six presentations in international conferences. Hs achievement is even more remarkable considering that during the critical phase of his project, he was working under the pandemic lockdown conditions and he was away from his family in India and worried about their wellbeing.  He should be held as an example of how a student can achieve excellence even under difficult conditions. I wish him well with his viva and future career.’

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