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Engineer wins national award

18 December 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Research student Mike Buttery takes the top prize at a prestigious ceremony

An engineering research student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won a prestigious prize for young engineers.

Mike Buttery, who is a PhD student, triumphed in the 2013 ‘Mission of Tribology’ presentation competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He won for a presentation describing some of the work he has completed regarding investigating how the performance of lubricants changes when they are subjected to extended use in space.

Liverpool graduate Mike is now studying part-time at the UCLan Jost Institute for Tribotechnology while working at ESR Technology near Warrington, where he is responsible for testing lubricants and mechanisms for use in space on behalf of organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA).

"Mike is only part way through his second year, but he has already made significant progress in revealing features of oil degradation which are highly relevant to operations in space.”

Professor Ian Sherrington, Director of the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology and one of Mike’s PhD Supervisors, said: “It is wonderful to see one of our students winning a competition as challenging as this. Mike is only part way through his second year, but he has already made significant progress in revealing features of oil degradation which are highly relevant to operations in space.”

The annual competition sets out to showcase the work of engineering research students from across the country investigating problems in a subject called ‘tribology’ which is the study of lubrication, friction and wear.

Mike received his prize and commemorative certificate from Dr Danielle Dini, Chairman of the Tribology Group Committee of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, at a short ceremony in London.