It is with deepest sympathy that I remember Dr El-hocine Djebbar, who passed away this week and is now resting in his home country of Algeria. I first met Dr H, as we all affectionately referred to him, when he was working on his PhD project in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester. I was studying for my PhD in the Aeronautical and Engineering Department and his project involved experimental and theoretical research on a ternary; CuInSe2 compound; designed for solar cells applications. Inevitably, his topic was far too complex for me to understand, so we did not talk much about that. Much later, he then came to work at OLC, in 2007, and since became a great friend to our college, supporting our overseas students and our electrical and mechanical engineers. It has been truly a pleasure working with Dr H for those 12 years.
He will be deeply missed by all the staff that knew him and will be missed by our students he supported over those years. When I spoke to Edmund Bamber about Dr H’s passing away, he reminded me of his fondness for coconut and chocolate macaroons, so that’s what I am going to eat right now in his memory. God Bless from Dr Chris