Bexley engineer takes his research to Parliament

PUBLISHED: 13:06 02 March 2018

Joshua Mudie, 24. Picture: Royal Academy of Engineering

Joshua Mudie, 24. Picture: Royal Academy of Engineering


Bexley resident Joshua Mudie, 24, a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol, 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, March 12.

STEM for Britain, a poster competition in the House of Commons involves approximately 180 early stage or early career researchers and is judged by professional and academic experts.

All presenters are entered into either the engineering, the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences (chemistry), the physical sciences (physics) session, or the mathematics session, depending on the researcher’s specialism.

Joshua’s poster on research about Timber-Concrete Composites will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Mr Mudie was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

He said: “I’m looking forward to showcasing my research to MPs and leading academics, and making the case for increased use of this sustainable construction method in UK house building in the future.”

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.”

Joshua’s 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 medallist 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.

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