PhD Candidate Malica Schmidt receives a total of 3 awards in September
16 October 2019
CNIE PhD candidate Malica Schmidt, whom is currently conducting research on nature-inspired, multi-functional surface coatings for space applications, has won 3 prizes and 1 participation certificate throughout September. In her research, she develops a surface coating consisting of microstructures that passively absorb humidity and bacteria from cabin air to improve water recycling for regenerative life-support and that additionally enhance radiation protection in the International Space Station (ISS) and future missions.
At the beginning of September during her stay at the ECI conference on Nature-Inspired Engineering, Malica had the opportunity to present her research through a talk and a poster where she was later awarded a Best Poster prize by Barry Buckland. In mid September, she joined Anna Liu from TonkinLiu Architects on stage at the Architects Underground event on nature-inspired architecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
In addition to that, between the 24th& 27thSeptember, Malica attended the 26thEuropean Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) Biennial Symposium and General Assembly, which was held jointly with the 14thInternational Conference on Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications (ITTW) in Granada, Spain. The conference included more than 200 oral presentations and plenary talks in celebration of ELGRA’s 40thanniversary. She received 2 awards there, first being the announcement of the Best Oral Presentation in physical sciences and the second, the prize for the 2ndbest Gravity Related Image "Aquaphile".
Earlier this month on the 1stof October, Malica participated in the Falling Walls Lab hosted by Springer Nature, a platform that enables the next generation of problem solvers and innovators to showcase their ground-breaking research and initiatives on the national and global stage receiving a participation certificate.