William Ferguson submits his thesis!

William Ferguson with his thesis

Congratulations to William Ferguson, the first of our 2016 cohort to submit their thesis. His thesis was titled ‘Auxetic power amplification mechanisms for low frequency vibration energy harvesting’. William was supervised by Prof. Meiling Zhu, Prof. Ken Evans and Prof. Christopher Smith.

William has published two papers- ‘Student Perspectives On The Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2017’ in Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities; ‘Auxetic Structure for Increased Power Output of Strain Vibration Energy Harvester’ in Sensors & Actuators A. Physical.

During his time in the CDT William has been involved in outreach initiatives such as being a support volunteer for Soapbox Science and demonstrating magnetism to the public as part of Lighting Up Ramm.

In his own words, William describes his experience as a PhD student:

My thesis is done!
Years of swearing at machines, months of banging my head against a keyboard, weeks of procrastinating editing, days of fiddling with MATLAB until the graphs are presentable; all of it came down to collecting the bound theses less than an hour before the printshop closes for who knows how long. So that was fun.
I’ve learnt a lot in the last three and a half years. Such as how to effectively manage people. Perseverance. Systematic problem solving. And thyself. Peaking behind the academic curtain was all very fine and pleasant, but now I’d like to see how the rest of the world compares.
Incidentally, do look me up if you or someone you know is in need of a holistic engineer (a job title I’m trying to give traction, defined as: one who builds/designs with an appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things, often because they’ve been wrapped in gaffer tape by said engineer).

All the best,
William Ferguson

William presented at the following conferences:

  • Ferguson, W; Evans, K; Smith, C; Zhu, M, Poster: “Auxetic Design in Vibration Energy Harvesting”, Materials for Clean Energy Conference, London, United Kingdom, 8th April 2019.
  • Ferguson, W; Kaung, Y; Evans, K; Smith, C; Zhu, M, Poster: ‘Auxetic Enhancement of Vibration Energy Harvesting’, PSMA Inaugural International Energy Harvesting Workshop, Cork, Ireland, 28th May 2018
  • (William was a contributor to presentation and conference paper), Doerksen, K; Klooster, TGE; ‘Student Perspectives On The Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2017’, 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, Budapest, Hungary, 10th April 2018
  • Ferguson, W; Kaung, Y; Evans, K; Smith, C; Zhu, M, Poster: ‘Auxetic Enhancement of Vibration Energy Harvesting’, Materials Research Exchange, London, England, 11th March 2018
  •  Ferguson W; ‘Power’, Concurrent Enginnering Challenge 2017,  Redu, Belgium, 11th September 2017
  •  Ferguson W; Li Q; Kuang Y; Zhu M; Poster: ‘Auxetic Strain Amplification For Enhanced Energy Harvesting Power’, Energy Harvesting Network 2017,  Manchester, England, 5th April 2017


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