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Winner of the International Student Innovation Award announced

Imperial College London

Luca Alessandrini, a student from Italy, was crowned ‘London’s most innovative international student’ at a celebratory event in London yesterday. Luca beat off fierce competition from hundreds of other international students from 49 different countries to win the £10,000 International Student Innovation Award.

A potential game changer in the music industry, Luca has created two violins made from silk and spider silk which could potentially replace the use of wood in the acoustic industry. A reproduction of a bass amplifier has also been built using silk and carbon fibre.

Study London has been chatting to Luca about his innovative creations and his experience of studying in London. Commenting on his work, Luca said: “My project aims to offer a new technological approach that allows us to exploit the acoustic properties of materials as it has never been done before. Demonstrating the acoustic property of silk is just an example of the capabilities of this technology. This approach ended up being more sustainable than the use of wood and implementing lighter and cheaper materials.”

Born in in Urbino, Italy, Luca graduated with a distinction in the double MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Imperial College London in July 2016. Commenting on how London education has transformed his life, Luca said: “I now have a double masters degree that will surely be the key that will open up job possibilities worldwide. Thanks to my university I had the chance to get involved in collaborations and networking that has opened up possibilities for my future projects.”

Commenting on how being in London has helped with his work, Luca said: “London is great for networking, especially if your project shifts into an entrepreneurial venture. London has a great energy to make you focus on your work, giving you the largest choice of cultural entertainment in the world. There are the best recognised education institutions offering you the best programs in the world.” Asked to describe London in three words, Luca added: “Busy, enjoyable and full of possibilities.”

Luca is currently working as freelance designer, artist and entrepreneur in London. In addition to the patented technology to customise acoustic properties, he has also developed a toy musical device to train children prior to having a paediatric MRI scan as part of a research project with St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London.

For more information about Luca’s creations, see the website and Twitter @lucaale_


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