Jethro Coulson (pictured with Universities and Science minister David Willetts) was awarded the Industrial Fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Only eight Industrial Fellowships are awarded each year, providing young scientists and engineers with the means to develop an innovative commercial technology with the potential to secure a patent.
Jethro was awarded the Fellowship to further develop and commercialise a laser ultrasonic based, material characterisation technique called Spatially Resolved Acoustic Spectroscopy (SRAS). The project is aimed at fulfilling an increasing need in industry for determining the microstructure of high-performance components, such as gas turbine blades and high pressure power-plant parts, rapidly and quantitatively.
Awarded to eight science and engineering graduates annually, the Industrial Fellowships aim to encourage profitable innovation in British industry.
Each three-year Fellowship is worth over £80,000 and those awarded must work to develop a patented and profitable technology, while completing a PhD or EngD.
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013