Lecturer wins Best Young Railway Researcher Award

Dr David Connolly (second from right) with the Best Young Railway Researcher Award

Dr David Connolly, a Heriot-Watt lecturer within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, has won the Rail Research UK Association's (RRUKA) annual 'Best young Railway Researcher 2014' award.

Dr Connolly received the award on Wednesday 5 November at the RRUKA's Annual Conference in London for his work entitled 'Prediction and reduction of ground-borne vibrations on railway lines'. The award celebrates the work of a single researcher whose work has the capability to make a significant difference to the rail industry. As part of his award, Dr Connolly was invited to present his research at the Conference.

David received his PhD in 2013 at the University of Edinburgh and took up the role of lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in the same year. His research focuses on both experimental and numerical aspects of Railway Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics.

Established in 2010, the RRUKA is a partnership between the British rail industry and UK universities looking to enhance collaborative relationships between academia and industry. The RRUKA's Annual Conference celebrates the achievements of both the association and its members and provides insight into the Association's future plans and activities.

For more information please visit the RRUKA website and Dr Connolly's personal website.