Kilimanjaro climber will be doing his PhD

Liam Swanson

A former Fish Hoek High School pupil, Liam Swanson, will soon be starting his PhD, specialising in clinical cardiovascular engineering.

He is supported by a British Heart Foundation studentship and the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship. Liam matriculated in 2013, was on the SRC and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with a school team in the same year.

He went on to study mechanical engineering at UCT from 2014 until 2017 and became interested in the medical applications of engineering sciences. He did his final year research project using computational fluid dynamics in the study of heart attacks. This led to an opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in engineering, specialising in computational biomechanics.

“I have worked with cardiologists at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and engineers from both UCT and the University of Manchester, towards building software for studying blood flow in congenital heart disease. This field is incredibly exciting and so I have decided to continue to pursue a PhD at University College London,” he said

Liam wishes all the matrics the best for the final run to the end of the year and he wishes the rest of the school well too.