Sheffield researcher features on The Great British Bake Off

Dr Rahul Mandal

Nuclear engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield's Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is taking part in The Great British Bake Off.

Dr Rahul Mandal, a research associate specialising in light-based measurement of engineered components, started baking cakes for colleagues at the Nuclear AMRC only two years ago. He is now a contestant in the 2018 series of the hit baking competition, broadcast on Channel 4 from 28 August 2018. Rahul has already proved to be a hit with the judges, earning himself the coveted 'Star Baker' award two weeks in a row.

Born in India, Rahul came to the UK in 2010 on a scholarship to study for his PhD in optical metrology at Loughborough University. He joined the Nuclear AMRC in 2015, to develop innovative automated techniques for inspecting components for any contamination or flaw. “It’s all about measuring things with light,” he says.

Rahul has also expanded his research skills, and now works with other light-based measurement technologies including confocal microscopy and interferometry for weld inspection.

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.