NCC Engineering Doctorate students present at the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM17)

From Monday 27th to Thursday 30th June 2016, the NCC attended the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM17) in Munich.

ECCM is a leading European conference on composite materials and attracts internationally renowned scientists and engineers in the field of aerospace, automotive and mechanical engineering, and brings together the scientific and the application-oriented world.

Four NCC-supported Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Research Engineers, Laura Pickard, Harry Clegg, Mattia Di Francesco and Laura Veldenz, attended the conference, presenting on their research themes:

  • Harry Clegg presented on “The evaluation of the effects of tufting on the performance of composite T-joints”.
  • Laura Pickard presented her work on knowledge management with the presentation “From Lab to Factory: A knowledge-based approach to understanding and lowering the barriers to new technology uptake in industry”.
  • Mattia Di Francesco presented his work on the “Influence of layup speed on the quality of thermoplastic preforms manufactured by laser-assisted automated fibre placement”, which was conducted in collaboration with Mario Valverde, final year MEng Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Bristol.
  • Laura Veldenz discussed some of the research which was conducted as part of the NCC activity in her presentation “Characteristics and processability of bindered dry fibre material for automated fibre placement”.

Above: Mario Valverde, final year MEng Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Bristol, and Mattia Di Francesco, NCC EngD Research Engineer

Above: Laura Veldenz, NCC EngD Research Engineer, presenting at the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials 


The EngD is a qualification for practising researchers who aim to lead and innovate the development of products, processes and services in industry. The four-year EngD programmes are a combination of PhD-level research projects and Masters-level taught courses, with students spending about 75 percent of their time working directly with a company. The NCC and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and JoBird, sponsor a number of Engineering Doctorate (EngD) research programmes.

This conference was not only a great opportunity to showcase the innovative work EngD Research Engineers conduct at the NCC, but also provided the delegates with fantastic networking opportunities with industry and academia.

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