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About dyedavid

Professor of Metallurgy at Imperial College, London, UK. Specialising in mechanical behaviour of aero-engine and nuclear metals; Ni superalloys, Ti and Zr alloys. Also shape memory and magnetic shape memory and twinning. Interested in atomistic modelling to develop insight into materials behaviour and the effect of alloying

The life of a neutron

Artists impression of the life of a neutron, fission process etc; from colleagues in Sweden

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Advice on Figures in Theses

Imperial is now publishing Phd theses online; as part of this, the library are now worried about copyright on figures and images reproduced from the literature. So there is now a requirement on PhD students at the time of submission to certify … Continue reading

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3 Types of Collaborator

3 Types of Collaborator Interesting link from a friend who is a conductor / musician

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Wow! Engineering pays off, at least in the US

See here.

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Doing Teaching Right

Academic staff at research universities often have an ambiguous relationship with teaching.  And, there are a lot of myths floating around than animate the background assumptions made by journalists and government panels alike about how seriously teaching is taken.  So, … Continue reading

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Living on a PhD stipend in London

When hiring PhD students, I often get asked about money by fresh graduates who are trying to work out “how much is enough?” But first, some background for the uninitiated. People studying for PhDs in the UK are treated as … Continue reading

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What is a PhD? Defining Success

There are lots of reasons to do PhDs, the bread-and-butter of the research world. But, leaving aside motivation for a moment, what is a PhD? Well, the most traditional, simplest and yet most challenging definition is “a substantial contribution to … Continue reading

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