To mark its 20th year (in its current incarnation), the Engineering Professors’ Council decided to inaugurate a new student award, supported by the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow.
The topic of the 2014 competition arose as a result of the Government’s focus on how engineering with contribute to the UK’s Industrial Strategy and future economic well-being:
How does engineering contribute to the UK economy and how can that contribution be increased? Is there a role for UK engineering in higher education in making this happen?
The first three winners were announced at Congress 2014 (their essays are available online). The overall winner, Laura Pickard, an EngD candidate from the IDC in Composites Manufacture at University of Bristol, received £1,000 and delivered an excellent presentation at Congress based on her work in response to Professor John Perkins’ keynote speech on Engineering Skills in the UK.
The two runners-up, Julia Attwood, a PhD candidate from the University of Cambridge and Eleanor Earl, an MEng candidate from Cardiff University each received £500 and joined Laura and Professor Perkins in a panel session during which they fielded questions from Congress delegates.