Industrial Fellowship Award for Mariastefania De Vido

Congratulations to Mariastefania De Vido who is just one of 12 recipients of the prestigious Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Mariastefania who is in her 3rd year of an Engineering Doctorate at the Centre for Doctoral in Applied Photonics based at Heriot-Watt University, was selected for her groundbreaking work in developing a new type of high-energy laser that is far more efficient than current standards.

Her research project ‘Advanced gain materials for high energy, high average power lasers’ is undertaken in conjunction with her employer STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Heriot-Watt University. Mariastefania is developing a new type of high-energy laser with an average power output which far exceeds that of traditional lasers has applications which will benefit industries such as aviation, and efficient generation of particles and X-rays for the development of novel medical and imaging techniques. The aim of the Industrial Fellowship is to encourage profitable innovation and creativity in British Industry – to the mutual benefit of the Fellow and his or her sponsoring company. These prestigious Fellowships are awarded to selected, exceptional graduates with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Industry for a programme of doctoral level research.

Mariastefania, said: “Being awarded an Industrial Fellowship is a great honour. I am truly happy that the Royal Commission has recognised the potential of my project. I am looking forward to make the most of the grant and of the networking opportunities which come with being part of the Royal Commission family”.

Professor Derryck Reid- Director of the EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics and the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, said: “I'm delighted that the Royal Commission has selected Mariastefania for this highly competitive fellowship -- a testament to the ability, commitment and ambition she has demonstrated in her EngD research. Her project is a perfect example of the balance between academic excellence and industrial relevance which is embodied in our Applied Photonics EngD programme.”

Professor Daniel Esser- Mariastefania’s academic supervisor at Heriot-Watt University, said: “It is a great pleasure to work with such an outstanding researcher as Mariastafania. Her work will result in significant advancements in laser technology, as well as more broadly for the international optics community”