Engineering students celebrate success at annual prize-giving

Engineering students celebrate success at annual prize-giving

Engineering students at the University of Aberdeen have been honoured for their achievements at a prize-giving event that took place this week.

The annual event, which takes place at the University’s School of Engineering, is held at the start of the new academic year, with twenty prizes available to undergraduate students who have excelled in their field of study.

Prizes are sponsored by professional institutions, companies, or societies, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Chevron, Marathon Oil, and the Society of Underwater Technology.

This year’s prize-giving included a talk by Dan Peck, Capital Planning Manager of the Aberdeen International Airport, on the past, present and future of the airport.

Among the prize-winners was Ellen Katsipanos, who won the Inspiring Future Female Engineers Prize in recognition of her efforts to inspire the next generation of talented female students to take up STEM subjects, through her role with the University’s Formula Student racing team (TAU Racing).

Ellen, who graduated with a First Class Honours degree of Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, was the team’s Head of Composites & Aerodynamics.  Last year she was awarded the Aberdeen Mechanical Society’s R. V. Jones Trophy for her project on redesign of a Formula Student rear suspension system.

Meanwhile, Sneha Manivannan, who graduated top of the class with a First Class Honours degree of Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, won the Francis Morrison Prize in Engineering - awarded to the most distinguished graduating student.

Professor Igor Guz, Head of the School of Engineering, congratulated all of the award winners and paid tribute to their dedication and hard work.  “We are proud of the academic achievements of our students and delighted to recognise and celebrate academic excellence,” he added.

The full list of prizes and prize-winners are:

Francis Morrison Prize in Engineering - Sneha Manivannan

The Peter MacConnell Memorial Prize - Callum Knight

Chevron - Final Year Group Project Best Team Contributor Prize in Chemical Engineering - Emma Farquharson

Chevron - Final Year Group Project Best Team Contributor Prize in Petroleum Engineering - Pavel Solovjov

Chevron - Final Year Group Project Best Team Contributor Prize in Mechanical Engineering - Andrew Rodgers, Daniel Thom

Marathon Prize in Chemical Engineering - Misela Vekslere

The Norman Levy Prize - Andrew Mair

Inspiring Future Female Engineers Prize - Ellen Katsipanos

The Richard Smith Allan Prize in Mechanical Engineering - Adam Kovacs

The Greenhorne Memorial Prize in Engineering Drawing - Erdem Babayigit, Chiara Ferdynus

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) - Maryamsadat Mohaddes

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Project Award - Danny Dunbar

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Best Student Award (Frederic Barnes Waldron prize) - Danny Dunbar

Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Best Project Certificate - David Akpara

Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Best Student Certificate - any year - Chiara Ferdynus

SUT (Society of Underwater Technology) Prize - Jason Banks

Aberdeen Mechanical Society R. V. Jones Trophy - Christopher Denholm

Institution of Structural Engineers Aberdeen and Offshore Regional Group Dissertation Award - Gavin Irvine 

Principal's Scholar Award - Chiara Ferdynus

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