Monday, 23 April 2018

SELA student named Engineering Undergraduate of the Year in National Awards

SELA student Igor Gawron has been announced as Engineering Undergraduate of the Year 2018. Igor, who is studying Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Technology at the University of Sheffield, received the award, sponsored by E.ON, at a ceremony in Canary Wharf last Friday.

The annual Undergraduate of the Year Awards aim to find and celebrate the best undergraduates in the UK. Twelve awards are offered each year across a range of categories. The Engineering award is sponsored by E.ON, and recognises an individual who demonstrates outstanding technical knowledge in the energy industry. Judges are looking for creativity and innovation paired with an ability to initiate and influence change, through building professional networks and applying commercial awareness.

Igor, who is in the third year of his degree programme, has a keen interest in the energy sector, and has previously worked for NuScale Power. He is an accredited computational fluid dynamics tutor and researcher in a student-led aerospace engineering project. Through SELA he has undertaken a range of public engagement and outreach activity, sharing his love of engineering with young people outside the University, and inspiring them to consider careers in STEM.

On receiving the award, presented by Countdown Host Rachel Riley, Igor said: ‘I feel very privileged to have been awarded Engineering Undergraduate of the Year. Meeting the other candidates shortlisted for the awards was a truly inspiring experience. The event also offered a great opportunity to meet my future co-workers, gain a better insight into cutting-edge energy solutions introduced by E.ON.

‘I am really thankful to E.ON, targetJOBS and all the other sponsors for creating this amazing opportunity, which allows students to meet some of their brightest peers and network with top global employers’.

Igor’s prize includes a year in industry working with E.ON, exploring efficiency solutions, community and business energy solutions, infrastructure and operational and commercial management – a perfect fit for Igor who hopes to develop a career in the sustainable energy sector after he graduates. The award also includes a trip to Germany to visit an E.ON site and gain an international perspective.

Award sponsor E.ON, sees undergraduates as a key part of its early talent strategy, and said ‘We want undergraduates to come into our business and get real experience from day one. We want them to be involved in projects that give them experience and give us commercial advantage. And, hopefully, with the support at hand and the inclusive culture at E.ON, they will return to us as a graduate to start building their professional careers with us’.

Igor will now spend a year working full-time with E.ON in Citigen London, before returning to Sheffield to complete his MEng programme and graduate in July 2020.

Head of SELA, Dr Gary Wood, commented ‘The skills recognised by the award are aligned closely with SELA’s development programme, and it’s testament to Igor’s commitment to his professional development, and his clear personal vision, that he has won this accolade.

‘SELA and the Faculty of Engineering are immensely proud to see an outstanding University of Sheffield student recognised in this way’.

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