Dr David Connolly, Assistant Professor in EGIS, has won a Leverhulme Prize for Engineering.
Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Every year the prize scheme makes up to thirty awards of £100,000, across a range of academic disciplines.
Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been offered since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust.
Each Prize may be used over a two or three year period for any purpose which can advance the prize-holder's research.
Dr Connolly said, “I am delighted to have won this prize, on behalf of both myself and the academic team with whom I work. I will be using it to advance my research on railway track infrastructure and dynamics”
Dr Connolly plans to use the prize funds to develop numerical simulations of new types of rail track which will incorporate asphalt within the track structure with the aim of increasing longevity and reducing maintenance costs.
Professor Malcolm Chrisp, Head of the School of the Environment, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), said, “We are delighted that David has received this award. It is a clear acknowledgement of his research ability and the supportive environment that has been put in place around him.”