Sourabh Paul - manufacturing strategies

For his PhD, Sourabh is investigating various additive manufacturing strategies, including selective laser melting and binder jetting for processing nickel superalloys.

PhD researcher
  • Name: Sourabh Paul
  • Faculty: Engineering
  • Scholarship: Faculty of Engineering Doctoral Academy Award

Tell us about your background and your chosen research project.

I have a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. I am currently investigating various additive manufacturing strategies, including selective laser melting and binder jetting for processing nickel superalloys.

Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?

The additive manufacturing group in TUoS boasts of researchers having very strong credentials.

One can have a glance at the major journals which publish work related to additive manufacturing and can see that the authors are either affiliated to Sheffield or were associated with the university at some point of time, either as students themselves or as research associates.

The presence of the AMRC catapult centre was also something which I was attracted to, given its association with industry heavyweights like Renishaw, Boeing, Sandvik Coromant and DMG Mori.

Winning the scholarship meant that I could continue with my studies, doing novel, 'crazy' research at one of the better universities in the UK.

Sourabh Paul

PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering

What did winning the scholarship mean to you?

I was very happy when I recieved the email from the University. I remember that I was pretty tense at that time because my father was undergoing a medical procedure.

Winning the scholarship meant that I could continue with my studies, doing novel, 'crazy' research at one of the better universities in the UK.

What has your experience of doing a PhD at Sheffield been so far?

My overall experience has been pretty eye opening. It was the first time I was coming out of India, and initially it was a bit difficult adjusting to a new environment, right from working in the University to being addressed as a 'duck' at the local sandwich shop. But after having spent over a year here, I am definitely enjoying the Sheff experience.

What are your future plans?

Probably work in industry.

Do you have any advice for future prospective PhD students?

A PhD requires investment of time and energy of a lot of people, so prospective candidates should be sure that they actually want to do a PhD before they take the plunge.