30th October 2012, 5:12pm  (updated 2nd November 2012, 3:04pm)
Bursary power boost for engineering student
Josh Williamson and Mayor of Lincoln Karen Lee A student who has made an ‘exceptional contribution to engineering’ has been awarded a £3,000 bursary in honour of one of the pioneers of jet turbine technology.

The City of Lincoln Council has again backed the Sir Frank Whittle Bursary with the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering student Josh Williamson becoming the second annual recipient of the award.

As well as his strong academic performance Josh was selected for the award for his outreach work with schools and the fact research he carried out for Lincoln-based Copernicus Technology Ltd has opened up new revenue streams.

The company selected Josh to support a research project centred on assessing unique testing equipment and the levels of cable deterioration it could detect. The project has been very successful and the results are feeding ongoing lines of research.

Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “This wonderful city has got the most remarkable and incredible history. One aspect we are most proud of is the contribution we have made to the world of engineering. We want to spur ourselves on to greater things for the future which is why we are so keen to work in partnership with employers in the city. With the success of the University of Lincoln’s Engineering School we have regained our place in the world’s elite engineering sector. We can help the engineers of the future, like Josh, through this bursary and we are incredibly privileged to be able to do that.”

Josh, a second year student on the MEng Mechanical Engineering course at the School of Engineering, was delighted to receive the bursary.

“It’s fantastic as it will really help to make things a bit easier in my final two years of study,” Josh said.

Speaking at the presentation Dr Colin Dowding, senior lecturer at the School of Engineering, said: “Josh is one of our high-flying students, demonstrating excellent academic performance. He has made a noted contribution aiding the School of Engineering in its fledgling outreach projects and also making a significant contribution to the School’s research portfolio, working with Copernicus Technology on the subject of intermittent fault diagnosis – a serious issue particularly in the aeronautical industry. Josh’s work has opened up new avenues for research funding, bringing us the opportunity to tend for major funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences and Research Council (EPSRC).”

The award was set up last year by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire to commemorate 70 years since the first jet powered flight in the UK made by the Gloucester E.28/39 using Sir Frank Whittle’s turbojet engine at RAF Cranwell.

Phil Bonner, from Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, said: “This bursary embodies the spirit of Frank Whittle as he started off as a young student engineer. We are delighted to help Josh follow in his footsteps.”

The Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee presented Josh with his certificate and bursary at a ceremony in the Guildhall on Friday 2nd November.
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