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City civil engineering PhD student to present research to Parliament

Doctoral student Kostas Kalfas, one of the first recipients of a PhD studentship in the Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering, will be taking his research to Westminster.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Kostas Kalfas, a PhD Candidate in Structural Engineering at City, University of London, from Trikala, Greece, is attending Parliament to present his engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 12th March 2018.

Kostas is one of the first recipients of a PhD studentship in the Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering within the Department of Civil Engineering.

Kostas’ poster on research about “the robustness of the steel reinforcement cages through strengthening techniques prior to concreting by focusing on the local and global behaviour”, will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

First career steps

He was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

By presenting his academic work before Parliamentarians, Kostas has sought to sensitise law makers about developments in science and technology:

“Having started my PhD a year ago, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to present this important topic of the construction industry to a broader audience. STEM for Britain is a great opportunity for scientists who are taking their first career steps to raise the interest of the MPs regarding their research. I am really excited for that day, where I will have the chance to discuss with MPs, update them regarding the latest findings and give them a general overview of my work. In addition to this, I am looking forward to liaising with young engineers about their interesting topics and exchange ideas and opinions. Of course, if an award comes, this will be the perfect ending to a perfect day!”

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said:

“This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Konstantinos’ research has been entered into the engineering session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 respectively.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, UK Research and Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, the Nutrition Society, Institute of Biomedical Science and the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research

City's Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering, supported by the construction industry-led Temporary Works Forum (TWf), last year awarded two PhD research studentships.

The studentships, oriented around research projects, are funded by the Research Club formed by a grouping of like-minded commercial bodies of the TWf, all of whom are collaborating to progress safety and practice within the field of Civil Engineering.

The first project is considering the strength and stability of granular working platforms, typically a bed of crushed or recycled concrete aggregate, that are typically laid over soft ground to provide a stable working environment for heavy plant and equipment such as piling rigs.

This studentship project has been awarded to Greta Tanghetti.

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