Dougal Lichtman – Past ECE student (2011/2012)

Over the coming months we will be featuring short interviews with past and present ECE students. Below is the first of those interviews with Dougal Lichtman a past ECE Student from 2011/2012.

Dougal Lichtman – ECE Student 2011/2012

1. Where are you from and what was your first degree?
London. Ocean Sciences at Bangor University.

2. Why did you choose to undertake the ECE course at Southampton?
After working in the Oceanography team at Marine Scotland for a while I decided I needed a change. The ECE course built on my previous experience and took me in a different direction.
3. What have you most enjoyed about the course?
It has a good mix of theoretical and practical work; including boat work, laboratory analysis and fieldtrips.

4. What research project did you do over the summer?
A comparison of methods for turbulence investigations of bed shear stress. This was a study of how to best apply methods of calculating bed shear stress from high frequency acoustic current meter data. It involved a lot of number crunching in MATLAB. But I also helped a visiting student collect data using the recirculating flume, as I was using similar data for my project.

5. What were your plans after you finish the course? What did you do after the course?
I have just started a PhD at Liverpool University looking at mixed sediment processes based on measurements in the Dee Estuary and from laboratory flume experiments. This is part of the COHBED project that has been set up to study the behaviour of mixed cohesive and non-cohesive sediment, and the adhesive affect of biological material on sediment.

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