Meet the 2019 WISE Emerging Technology Award Finalists
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The Emerging Technology Award recognises initiatives that push the limits across technology, industry, or market where broad consensus agreements are not yet widely deployed or rolled out. In addition, this award specifically looks for inspirational use of new technologies.
From LED light bulbs, to innovative water systems and new technology designed to prevent certain types of stroke, the innovations in this category are just as impressive as the finalists themselves.
Lecturer, Ulster University
Well known for: her involvement in creating systems for disinfecting drinking water
“Working in this [field] is a thrilling and rewarding experience because you can see the direct impact of our research in these people lives. Women and girls, as main carers of domestic water aspects, are the key benefactor of this project.”
Beginning as a theoretical physicist, Pilar has become an inspirational researcher using basic science and engineering to develop practical solutions to support the poor, especially women and girls in developing countries. Pilar’s research in the last 15 years has helped to identify and explore systems for disinfecting drinking water using low-cost innovations. This work culminated with the collaborative project WATERSPOUTT, aimed to design novel solar reactors that work without any electrical support to deliver drinking water to school children in rural communities of Uganda.
Professor of Materials Science, The University of Cambridge
Well known for: her work with LED light bulbs
“The concept of being an inventor, it sounds like you’re something out of the book you read as a kid…[yet] seeing your science turn into real technologies which might actually make a difference in the world, that is totally fantastic.”
Rachel is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. She works on the materials which are used in energy efficient LED light bulbs. An “LED” is a light emitting diode – a tiny semiconductor chip which convert electrical power directly into light. Rachel’s goal is to make these devices simultaneously more efficient and cheaper, so that they will be used more widely and hence help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Her determination, passion and great joy of science shine through. Among her work for equality, diversity and inclusion, Rachel is the founder and Director of The Inclusion Group for Equity in STEMM (TIGERS), a group of scientists and engineers who campaign to improve equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in STEM research.
Research Associate, The University of Kent
Well known for: creating new technology to help screen for atrial fibrillation
“I really love the research, I love being able to do stuff that might make a difference to someone’s life, that might prevent them from having a stroke.”
In May 2007, Emma began her current position as a research associate at the Medway School of Pharmacy, where she obtained her PhD by published works in 2017. She saw an opportunity for conducting research using “novel” mobile technology to screen people for atrial fibrillation (AF), despite the fact that this was outside of her field of expertise. The initial concept for the PDAF study, was for clinical pharmacists based in general practices to use a credit-card sized device coupled to a mobile phone to provide a relatively inexpensive mechanism, to reduce AF-associated stroke through early diagnosis and management. Leading this project, Emma has coordinated a team of people, including a cardiologist, GPs, clinical pharmacists and academics; obtained funding from industry and secured ethics approval – all in under a year. This was achieved whilst continuing her normal research activity. Emma has taken a non-traditional route in her career, and pushed the boundaries of what she can achieve to create this new technology, and is keen to champion this way of working.
The winners of the Emerging Technology Award will be announced at the WISE Awards, taking place on the 7th November, 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
If you would like to attend, tickets for the event can be purchased here.