Dr Hussam Muhamedsalih's demonstrates an optical surface metrology instrument
At the Science Museum on October 31, SIM's 2016 Beloe Fellow Dr Hussam Muhamedsalih, together with the Science Museum's Curator of Earth Sciences Alex Rose, and Science Museum Participation Coordinator Zoe Lake Thomas, all demonstrated instruments made and used by engineers from 1550 to the present day.
Hussam brought with him one of the optical instruments that he and other colleagues from the University of Huddersfield had built. It is an optical surface metrology instrument that's currently used by advanced manufacturing to measure precision surfaces at micro and nano-scale accuracy level.
These instruments attracted a wide audience who raised a number of questions, from how the items work through to why it's necessary to perform such measurements to standardisation of units of measurement.
The instrument demonstration, which took part in the Flight Gallery, was part of the Science Museum's Lates event. These are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month. The theme for the October Lates event was the Year of Engineering - a government campaign, which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering.