• Question: What makes your research more worth investing in than the other competitors?

    Asked by Oscar to Shruti, Mark, Faranak, Charlene, Alistair on 13 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: Shruti Turner

      Shruti Turner answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      There’s no one else really doing what I do. My work focusses on improving the fit of the prosthetics, rather than making the legs “cooler” or more fancy. It’s fundamental to the quality of life of amputees, without my work they may have the fanciest limb but it will still cause them pain and potentially injurre them further.

    • Photo: Faranak Bahrami

      Faranak Bahrami answered on 14 Mar 2019:

      All our researches are important in different ways. We are all researching in different fields of engineering, and they are all important. So I don’t think it’s a fair way to compare them like that.

      My project might sound complicated and difficult to understand. But drilling composite materials is a very big problem in the industry which prevents industries to use more composite materials in their products because by drilling them (which is necessary most of the times, because they need holes) they are also making the composite weaker. so instead they would use metals. However, composites can be as strong as metals but much much lighter in weight. So in my project, I have found a way to make holes in composite without making it weaker, which means industries such as aerospace, automotive and many more can start using more composite materials, which leads to less weight, and less weight means less fuel is needed, which is both economically and environmentally important (meaning also cheaper plane tickets since they don’t use as much fuel anymore…)