Exeter student to present research on wind energy to Parliament
Shemaiah Weekes, 32, a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds, originally from Exeter, Devon, is attending Parliament to present research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges.
Shemaiah’s poster, Catching the Wind, which describes his research on low-cost tools for assessing the wind energy resource, will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
Shemaiah was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.
On presenting his engineering research in Parliament, he said: “I am delighted to be able to showcase some of the exciting energy research being carried out at the University of Leeds at a time when our future energy choices are of great national importance. Events like this are crucial to ensure that the very latest scientific developments feed in to the political decision making process.”
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Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said, “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.
“These early career engineers are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”
Shemaiah’s research has been entered into the Engineering session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.
Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.