Harshal is fascinated by the field of aerospace materials because it is constantly challenged by the need for state-of-the-art performance in harsh and nasty environments. He loves to work with exotic metals and his current work essentially involves squeezing and pulling such materials and then heating them to temperatures about 10-12°C below their melting point - sometimes they melt too, which is always fun! He is currently a research student at the Rolls-Royce UTP in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at University of Cambridge, before which he studied aerospace materials at Imperial College London. In the future he intends to keep torturing and melting aerospace materials.
Ayan is currently a PhD student at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. His doctoral work focuses on exploring alternative material classes for jet turbine parts to the existing Ni-based superalloys. Prior to this, he had obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in Materials Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India respectively.