IET Control and Automation PhD Award winner announced

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) judging committee has just announced the winner of the IET Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize for 2014, which has been awarded to the Department’s postdoctoral research assistant Dr Sandira Gayadeen (St. Hugh's College, 2010) for her thesis on 'Synchrotron Electron Beam Control'. Many congratulations to Sandira.

Dr Sandira GayadeenDr Sandira Gayadeen was awarded a DPhil degree by the University of Oxford this year. Her research focuses on the design and analysis of controllers to achieve optimal performance of particle accelerators. Her work is in collaboration with Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron facility.

The IET committee ‘was particularly impressed by the successful application of advanced control techniques to this rather novel, and somewhat unusual, field of research. The thesis application scored high on both theoretical and practical aspects of research and its possible extensions to other fields. The references provided were of high quality and gave further insights into the contributions made and their importance to other ongoing work in field elsewhere in the UK, Europe and US’.

About the IET’s Control and Automation PhD Award

In its 4th year now, and developed by the IET’s Control & Automation Network, this free to enter award aims to recognise research excellence in the Control & Automation field at PhD level.  The award is open to all relevant PhD students in the general area of control and automation who have undertaken research during the calendar year preceding the closing date for nominations. The winner receives a £500 cash prize.