Engineer honoured for inspirational teaching and research
An engineer from the University of Sheffield has been honoured for her dedication to nuclear engineering and using her teaching and research to make a difference in the lives of others. Dr. Claire Corkhill, from the University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won the Pam Liversidge OBE Award for Engineering at the 2020 Inspirational Women of Sheffield Awards.
Hosted by local media outlet the Sheffield Star, the Inspirational Women of Sheffield Awards are an opportunity for the public to nominate prominent women who have made a difference to the lives of others. There were 12 award categories that included engineering, entertainment, science, and sport.
Dr Corkhill, an EPSRC Early Career Research Fellow, was recognised by the awards for her high-quality research into nuclear waste. The University of Sheffield engineer examines methods for the long-term safe disposal of radioactive waste.
It was her work in reproducing the materials formed when the Fukushima nuclear power plant melted down that supported her win. This is in addition to being recognised at a government level where she sits on HM Government’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), working with experts to provide scrutiny and recommendations on the management and disposal of nuclear waste in the UK.
Dr. Corkhill was also honoured for her passion for equality, having previously been instrumental in increasing the numbers of students studying Material Science at the University, and the proportion of females studying in the department. She is renowned at the institution for providing outstanding professional and personal support to both students and those who she directly supervises.
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