Adam Polak, a Research Engineer at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics, has been awarded a prestigious Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
Adam's research project ‘New imaging technology for identifying hazardous hydrocarbon molecules and compound’, which is in conjunction with Fraunhofer CAP UK and University of Strathclyde, has applications including detecting dangerous gasses, spotting explosives and chemical weapons, and investigating art fraud.
The aim of the Industrial Fellowship is to encourage profitable innovation and creativity in British Industry, to the mutual benefit of the Fellow and his sponsoring company. These prestigious fellowships are awarded to selected, exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Industry for a programme of doctoral level research.
Professor Derryck Reid, Director of the EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics and the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt, said: “ The Fellowship will be held at Adam’s industrial sponsors Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow and will enable him to develop his work on hyperspectral imaging for chemical sensing in new directions. We wish Adam and his supervisors Steve Marshall (University of Strathclyde) and Dave Stothard (Fraunhofer CAP) every success as they integrate this promising photonic technology into practical real-world sensing systems.”
Adam said: “Being awarded with an Industrial Fellowship of Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 is a great honour. I’m really happy that the project I’m busy with was recognised as one of few deserving this privilege. When I started my project I perceived it as a real opportunity to be involved in integration of two sophisticated disciplines into one powerful concept. I’m glad that The Commission also saw the potential of this work and accepted me to their family. I think that joining this family, a network of skilled people from various disciplines may be the most valuable part of this award.”