Loughborough researcher gets engineering award from CIRP UK

Posted on 25 Sep 2012

Qasim Rafiq was awarded the Best Presentation award by CIRP UK, at the EPSRC’s Manufacturing the Future conference on September 18.

CIRP UK is part of the International Academy of Production Engineering, the scientific institution that promotes best practice in production science and technology.

Mr Rafiq, of the Centre for Biological Engineering at Loughborough University, who led the research, gave the presentation on ‘Litre-scale expansion and harvest of human mesenchymal stem cells on microcarriers’.

Rafiq worked with three co-authors on the stem cell research, Karen Coopman and Christopher Hewitt from Loughborough University, and Alvin Nienow from the University of Birmingham.

The CIRP UK Award is awarded based on the quality of the research presented, the potential impact of the research and the presentation itself. The award was selected and awarded by Prof. Steve Newman form University of Bath on behalf of CIRP UK.

Loughborough University has a strong bioengineering department and is the home of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC)’s Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine.

CIRP is the world-leading organisation in production engineering research. Through member collaboration, it works on the design, optimization, control and management of processes, machines and systems.

The Academy has restricted membership based on demonstrated excellence in research and has some 600 academic and industrial members from 50 countries.

For more information about CIRP UK, go to www.cirp.net