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Winners announced for inaugural student engineering essay competition
Winners announced for inaugural student engineering essay competition

Winners announced for inaugural student engineering essay competition

Added to MTDCNC by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd on 28 January 2015

Two Birmingham City University (BCU) students have won an inaugural engineering essay writing competition, sponsored by one of the Midlands’ largest manufacturing firms.

India Searle and Jonathan Gibson, both 19 and first year Mechanical Engineering students, were selected from over 100 entries to the competition, organised by Worcester-based manufacturer of CNC machine tools, Yamazaki Mazak.

The competition, which was the brainchild of BCU Professor of Microsystems Technology, Michael Ward, was launched following a visit from BCU students to Mazak’s advanced manufacturing facility at the start of their first term at the university.

It required students to write a 1000 word essay on 'What are the skills and competencies an international engineering company, such as Mazak, will be looking for in their graduate engineers?' with the top two students receiving iPads as prizes.

On winning the competition, India Searle commented: 'It’s great to be chosen as one of the winners. I loved maths and physics at school so engineering seemed like an obvious choice for me. It was good to see a different side of the engineering industry when we visited Mazak, particularly the show room [Mazak’s European Technology Centre] which had all the machine tools operating; it was very impressive.'

Jonathan Gibson, the competition’s second winner, added: 'Engineering runs in the family, my grandad was an engineer. They always used to joke when I was growing up that I would be a BEng but now I’m actually on the way to it. When I graduate I’d like to go into the renewable energy industry, I think it’ll be a very interesting sector to work in, especially with the recent innovations that have been made.'

Dr John Liverton, Product Manager at Yamazaki Mazak and one of competition’s judges, commented: 'The calibre of essays we received was exceptionally high given all the entrants were less than one term into their degree, however those submitted by India and Jonathan were excellent. Given that for many of the students the essay was not part of their academic coursework it was very pleasing to receive so many entries, especially following the students’ visit to our Worcester factory.

'On behalf of Mazak I’d like to thank everyone who submitted an essay; to see such determination from an early age from such a large number of pupils can only serve to improve an already resurgent market sector over the next generation.'

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