Defense materials specialist wins university fellowship

Dr Pete Webb, director of research and development at defense composites specialist Permali, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at Cranfield University in the UK.

Permali has reportedly worked with the university for more than 20 years in developing materials for ballistic and blast applications. Dr Webb and Catherine Crawford, process engineering manager at the company, have also collaborated with Cranfield’s battlefield technology course to lecture on survivability and armor as well as industrial tours. 

“The awarding of a visiting fellowship to Permali’s Dr Webb is a culmination of his hard work and dedication to furthering defence innovation,” a press release said. 

“It is an honour to be awarded a Visiting Fellowship with Cranfield University,” said Dr Webb. “I am very much looking forward to working more closely with the university in a number of areas.”

Dr Webb is a materials scientist who has researched ceramic clad structures for impact and wear protection and developed new technologies for the manufacture and joining of metallic, elastomeric, ceramic, and composite materials for rocket motor systems.