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Frances Baxter
Frances Baxter at the Barbican after receiving her award

Internal News - 13 July 2007

Mech Eng student wins Mercia engineering award

Frances Baxter, a second year postgraduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, attended the Awards Livery Dinner at the Ironmonger's Hall, Barbican, on Tuesday evening, where she was presented with the Mercia Award.

This award is made annually by the Worshipful Company of Engineers to a student under the age of 30 in the field of Medical Engineering, who must write an essay of 1,500 words, describing how engineering techniques are being used for the advancement of medical treatment.

Frances won the award with an extended essay on her research studies into the electrical characterisation and biocompatibility of a new generation of bioceramic materials with piezoelectric properties.

The award comprised a framed certificate, an engraved medal and a cheque for £500, the last of these to be used to support her postgraduate research.

Frances is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering but the interdisciplinary nature of her work is such that it is carried out in conjuction with the Department of Chemical Engineering; her research work is supported by the EPSRC.

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