Previous award winner Award Winners
RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year
The RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year competition, awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, offers five prizes of £3,000 to early career engineers whose achievements are recognised as outstanding.
Royal Academy of Engineering and WCE Charitable Trust
UK engineers in full time higher education, research or industrial employment.
Demonstration of outstanding achievement and excellence in the early stage of their career (defined as less than ten years since graduation from their first degree in engineering). There is no restriction on the discipline base of the individual nominated.
Mr Simon Bowcock, Dr Christopher Donaghy-Spargo, Mr Khouloud El Hakim, Dr Robert Hoye, Mr Chetan Kotur.
Mr Simon Bowcock - Corrosion Engineer, BP
Dr Christopher Donaghy-Spargo – Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Durham University
Mr Khouloud El Hakim - Project Field Engineer, Bechtel Ltd (Khouloud is also the Sir George Macfarlane Medal winner)
Dr Robert Hoye - Thomas Nevile Junior Research Fellow University of Cambridge
Mr Chetan Kotur - Executive Assistant to CEO, Polestar
Applications should be made directly to the Royal Academy of Engineering, using the online submission facility. Further details of the award will be found on: Young Engineer of the Year
Previous award winner Previous winner Captain Damian Warren
Services Engineering Postgraduate Award
Awarded to an officer completing a postgraduate technical degree who has achieved overall academic excellence and contributed most to the advancement of technical knowledge or its application through a research project.
Students at CMT Shrivenham or through CMT at another approved institution (including but not limited to students at the Royal School of Military Engineering, and attending the Royal Signals Communications Information Systems Management (CISM) MSc )
Achievement of overall academic excellence and contributed most to the advancement of technical knowledge or its application through his/her research project, made on the recommendation of the Operations Director of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, Wiltshire.
Sub Lieutenant Daniel Jinks RN
Sub Lieutenant Daniel Jinks RN. The Nuclear Reactor Course is a postgraduate diploma course and forms part of the Marine Engineer (Submarines) training pipeline. The course is a key stage in the process of training Royal Naval personnel to supervise nuclear reactors, and is academically rigorous, as appropriate for students who will discharge such an onerous responsibility. Highly motivated, S/Lt Jinks produced strong results throughout the NRC, achieving distinctions in all the taught elements of the course. Consistently strong throughout, Jinks helped other students to understand some of the more challenging areas of the course subjects. Jinks gained a highly commendable combined academic and research score of 79%.
S/Lt Jinks was tasked with a computational research project to investigate the use of machine learning for prediction of critical heat flux (CHF), one of the key thermal constraints on the Naval PWR. During the course of the project, he taught himself how to program effectively, and then apply various machine learning libraries to a difficult task. Despite no programming experience prior to the project, he wrote all of his own code to prepare his input data, to interface with various state of the art machine-learning libraries and to plot and analyse results. He conducted an extensive literature survey to track down the required training data that the algorithms operate on. His work, which made use of tools that have never been tried in this domain, resulted in an impressive advance in performance. Using his methodology, more accurate CHF predictions are obtained more quickly than previously. The quality of his written report and oral presentation were particularly praiseworthy, resulting in an overall mark of 70%.
As well as finding time for his studies and Naval Duties S/Lt Jinks maintains an active lifestyle. A keen and regular footballer he also enjoys attempting to surf when time permits. During this very demanding course, he made time on his annual visit to Polzeath to help a charity providing a surfing weekend to injured Royal Marines.
Based on the way that he has applied himself to his studies and on his enthusiastic commitment to his work, he will be a valuable asset to the nuclear reactor programme and to the wider engineering community.
Nominations for the Services Awards are made through the relevant Service Authorities directly to the Engineers' Company in response to calling notices issued by The Clerk.