Young Leaders Award 2020 announced!

Young Professionals Society (YPS) recognises ‘excellence’ and honours outstanding young professionals who have shown, during the early years of their professional careers outstanding achievements

YPS is pleased to announce the winner of the Young Leaders Award 2020.

For this year’s inaugural award, we received some excellent nominations from outstanding young candidates and it was an extremely difficult task for the judges to select a winner. However, after extended discussions the judges selected Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad from the University of Cambridge (UK) as the winner for this year’s Young Leaders Award 2020.

Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad is a Senior Research Associate and a Teaching Fellow in the Cambridge Graphene Centre and the Engineering Department of Cambridge University. He is in the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group in the Electrical Engineering Division.

Dr Yarjan was in the team of scientists who launched Graphene in Extreme environment of Space via the MASER14 Rocket of Europe Space Agency launched from Kiruna base in Sweden. He has developed sustainable methods of creating e-textiles and flexible and stretchable conductors and composites based on three-dimensional (3D) porous architectures of two-dimensional (2D) and layered materials, typically graphene, that scientists and engineers are benchmarking for aerospace composite manufacturing, biosensing, water purification and energy storage.

Dr Yarjan is currently working on research project on loop heat pipes for use in space applications and he was part of European Space Agency zero gravity flight campaign held in Nov-Dec 2017.


The criteria used for the award was:

– Achievements

– Impact

– Sustainability


Congratulations to Dr Yarjan Samad.


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