Rebecca engineers top award

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A Forfar girl has scooped a top award in a competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Rebecca Eden (21), daughter of Carlyn Laing and step-daughter of Barry Laing, is a third year student at Newcastle University’s School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

After leaving Forfar Academy, Rebecca attended Wellbeck sixth form defence school and is currently in her third year of studies at Newcastle University

She is going on to study her Masters next year and ultimately aims to become an Engineering Officer in the RAF.

As a third year student in the School, she has been awarded first prize in the 23rd annual Medical Engineering Student Project Competition.

The final of the competition took place at IMechE HQ in London last month.

Rebecca gave a podium presentation on “biotribology of ex vivo 36mm metal-on-metal total hip prostheses”.

Under the supervision of Dr Tom Joyce, Rebecca has been studying these retrieved artificial hip joints so that we can better understand their performance in the body and therefore how these medical devices can be improved for patients suffering from common musculo-skeletal diseases.

Dr Joyce said: “I see this as an acknowledgment of Rebecca’s hard work and also of the input from fellow bioengineering researchers in the School.”