University of Leicester eBulletin

Mohamed Comes First In 
Engineering Contest

September 2003
No 220

Accolade for University of Leicester student

A University of Leicester engineering student has won first prize in a worldwide competition, which will add significantly to his career credentials.

Mohamed Habibullah, a student from Singapore, is reading for his PhD at the University of Leicester, Department of Engineering.

He submitted his research to the annual PhD student paper competition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Division of Pressure Vessels and Piping at their conference, this year in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Division is regarded as the main conference for fracture mechanics and structural integrity, worldwide and attracts about 1000 delegates. 

Professor Alan Ponter, Mohammed’s academic supervisor said: “Mohamed's paper was submitted last November and chosen as one of the eight finalist, all of whom presented their papers in two sessions at the conference. 

“The other finalists were from a range of countries; the USA, France and Brazil. Mohamed's was the only UK submission. He won the competition outright and three of the other papers were given second prizes. The prize brings something like $1000 and, more importantly, a place on his CV. 

“Most of the other competitors were from large groups with rather clever computer graphics but without much novelty or lack of clarity on their own contribution. Mohamed's paper was fundamental, very clearly expressed, was undoubtedly his own work and brings together two subject areas; fracture mechanics and programming methods, that are usually regarded as entirely separate. I think he won by quite a margin.”

A delighted Mohamed added: “I never expected to win as that was the first time I was giving a presentation at a conference. The prize has enhanced my confidence tremendously and provided me with conviction on giving better quality presentations in the future.”

Mohamed’s future plans are to pursue further research into the field of numerical analysis of structures using the techniques devised in the  University of Leicester.

NOTE TO NEWS DESK: For more information please contact Mohamed on 0116 2216695 or email  (Preferably by email).

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