School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
Sandra Piazolo is a material scientist of Earth Materials. Her main scientific interest is the understanding of micro- and mesoscale processes and their link to macro-scale phenomena. To achieve this, it is essential to quantify microstructures and thus micro-structural processes active during a variety of P-T-fluid conditions. In addition, the development of new techniques to observe, interpret and evaluate processes in the Earth and under planets is part of her research.
Fields of research interest include: (i) rock deformation from small to large, (ii) microstructural and-chemical analysis of planetary and extraterrestrial materials, (iii) microdynamic modelling (mainly using the microdynamic modelling platform Elle (http://microstructure.info/)), (iv) experimental deformation and heating of rocks and analogue materials i.e. metals, ice, (v) field mapping, (vi) tribology, rheology and deformation mechanisms in rocks and ice.
Sandra has a major interest in faults and earthquakes which link closely to tribology (rocks sliding passed each other). She is also one of the few geoscientists that is using Transmission Kikutchi Diffraction and Atom probe tomography to gain a deeper understanding of geological processes.
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Andy began his academic life studying Automotive Engineering at the University of Leeds in the hopes of becoming an engineer working in motorsports, and in a round-about way achieved this through his true calling as a tribologist. After completing a PhD in Tribology and Tribochemistry, studying the physical and chemical interactions of a novel organic lubricant additive, Andy joined Shell in 2011 and the world of lubricant development. The following six years were spent gaining a deep understanding of high performance lubricant development, culminating in Andy taking on the role of Motorsports Project Leader and being responsible for the development of the lubricants and functional fluids for various motorsports teams, including Ferrari in F1, BMW in DTM, Ducati in MotoGP and Hyundai in WRC. This was augmented with commercial responsibilities supporting development and implementation of the Shell Advance range of motorcycle oils in the business and consumer markets.
In 2017, after many enjoyable years of working with power unit engineers across a range of motorsports disciplines, Andy jumped the fence and joined Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in the role of tribologist. He is responsible for the development of the oil and fluids in the power unit, in close collaboration with technical partner Petronas, and optimising their use with the hardware and materials used within the PU.
European Space Tribology Laboratory, part of ESR Technology Ltd
Simon is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering (1986) at Leeds University (the very first MEng cohort of 3 people). He also holds a Diploma in Engineering Management and is now a Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Since 1990 he has worked in the space industry for ESTL (European Space Tribology Laboratory) in the roles of Project Engineer, Senior/Principal Engineer and Consultant. Experienced not only in the engineering science of tribology but also the first hand development of innovative mechanisms and sub-assemblies for vacuum applications. Simon has been a manager of ESTL since 2013 and is responsible for managing a portfolio of tribological research and consultancy activities for ESA (European Space Agency). ESTL also has a broad range of industrial clients in the space and terrestrial vacuum industries.
Notable projects include science missions heading close to the sun (Solar Orbiter), Jupiter (JUICE), Mars (Exomars, Beagle II), Mercury (BepiColombo), Saturn (Titan, Huygens probe) and a comet (Rosetta).