A researcher at the University of Huddersfield is at the heart of a project that could lead to faster and more efficient manufacturing.

Now Dr Hussam Muhamedsalih has been singled out as a high-flyer by the prestigious Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (SIM).

The organisation is a modern livery company with roles that include aiding government policy in measurement standards. It makes several cash awards, the highest of which is the SIM Beloe Fellowship, which supports an outstanding post-doctoral researcher with £5,000 per year over three years.

Dr Muhamedsalih, who obtained both his Master’s and PhD at Huddersfield University, has been named as the 2016 recipient of the fellowship, which SIM describes as “a forward-looking award based on past achievement and continuing excellence”.

After being shortlisted for the award, Dr Muhamedsalih travelled to London to give a one-hour presentation on his work in the university’s EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology/Centre for Precision Technologies.

Huddersfield University.

At the centre, Dr Muhamedsalih plays a key role in the development of an optical interferometry system that can carry out micro and nanoscale measurement of surfaces and check for defects during the manufacturing process.

Dr Muhamedsalih will continue to work on improvements to the interferometer, which has exceptional potential in many areas of advanced manufacturing, such as solar energy, printable electronics and medical devices. In 2014, the system was selected from more than 400 entries from 22 countries to win the manufacturing technology category of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Innovation Awards.

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London-born Dr Muhamedsalih was raised in Iraq and studied in Baghdad. After graduating in laser and optoelectronics at Al-Nahrain University he studied for his masters degree at Huddersfield. He moved on to PhD research and was awarded his doctorate in 2013.

In 2013, he received its Postgraduate Award for his ground-breaking work on the prototype for the optical interferometer. The system is patented and is now being developed for commercial use by the Netherlands-based IBS Precision Engineering. It is due to go on the market later this year.