Local Boy Luke leads the way cutting edge science!

Steve McCabe MP recently met up with local talent Luke Dandy to hear all about his exciting research for his PhD.


Luke is a local Kings Heath boy and former pupil at Woodthorpe Juniors and Wheelers Lane Boys School. He left school at 16 and went to join the RAF, after completing his services he went on to study at Aston University and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Birmingham.


Luke is engaged in a major research project involving the recycling of carbon fibre and reinforced polymers. The potential of the project is enormous in terms of the new life it could provide for these materials, in future these materials could be stripped from aircraft, like the Boeing Dream Liner or Airbus A350, and be used for cars, mobile phone cases or even sunglasses.


This is state of the art high tech, cutting edge science.


Luke and Steve met up at the SET for Britain Parliamentary Awards at the House of Commons where our leading young scientists, chemists, physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians showcased their latest research. SET for Britain encourages and supports Britain’s young scientists and engineers who will be the ‘engine room’ of continued progress and pioneers for UK research and development.


Luke said:

“It was great to be able to present my research at the House of Commons and have the opportunity to see so much innovative research from other young people across the country. I am really interested in encouraging more young people to think seriously about engineering and science as a career choice and I am looking forward to working with Steve McCabe MP to get in touch with local schools in Kings Heath. It would be great to see more scientists from Wheelers Lane Boys!”


Steve said:

“It was fantastic meeting Luke and hearing about his exciting cutting edge research, it is young people like Luke that will lead the UK’s research and development in the future and make sure we are at the forefront of science and engineering. Luke is a local Birmingham lad and I am thrilled he has agreed to go back to Wheelers Lane to show them just how successful you can be if you put your mind to it.”

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