UK competition seeks future engineering stars

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A COMPETITION has been launched today in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to find the future stars of UK engineering.

The Future of Engineering competition is open to student engineers, PhD candidates and junior engineers working in industry. The winners will receive £10,000 (US$12,500) in funding along with support from the academy’s fellows and technology investment firm and competition co-sponsor Entrepreneur First.

Entrants must submit an application explaining what they hope to achieve in the field of engineering and how they plan to use their skills to create a product or business that will have a profound and positive global impact.

“The UK is home to an exceptional pool of engineering talent with real leadership potential,” said Zoe Jervier, global head of talent at Entrepreneur First. “Our aim through this programme is to stretch the aspirations of individuals already demonstrating engineering excellence and who want to make a much larger impact through technology'.

The closing date for applications is 31 March. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a workshop to help develop their ideas and will then attend a final event at RAEng in London to pitch their ideas. Along with cash prizes, the winner and runner up will receive support from RAeng fellows to fast track their ideas to reality.

Suranga Chandratillake, a Fellow of the RAEng who will lead the panel to shortlist the entries said: “The UK’s heritage as an engineering nation is well documented, and we believe that there are plenty of young, aspiring engineers throughout the country who have the ability to continue this long and proud tradition.

Through [this] competition, we will discover inspirational and innovative young people, whose ideas have the potential to make the world a better place.”

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