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20th February 2014, 8:40am
Top engineering students celebrated at Siemens Awards
Ryan Hornsby receiving his award The UK’s top engineering undergraduates were presented with the prestigious Sir William Siemens Medal at the Crystal in central London.

Nine young engineers from some of the UK’s leading universities, including the University of Lincoln, Imperial, Loughborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Sheffield and Strathclyde, have been recognised by their universities and Siemens as being the most outstanding students in their year.  

They received the Sir William Siemens Medal, specially designed and struck by The Royal Mint, and a paid internship with Siemens.

The overall winner for the University of Lincoln was Ryan Hornsby who is currently in the second year of his Mechanical Engineering degree.

A panel of senior engineering managers from Siemens deemed his submission to be the best from Lincoln, due to not only all-round excellent academic ability, but also his enthusiasm for engineering and his clearly demonstrable knowledge of engineering challenges and the possible solutions.

Ryan, whose submission detailed the need to focus on upgrading current infrastructure using advancements in engineering technology, said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at Siemens and am looking forward to gaining experience and learning as much as possible in my time there.”

Mike Gallimore, principal lecturer in the School of Engineering who nominated Ryan, said: “Ryan is a committed student who has demonstrated considerable academic and practical ability.

“Over the summer, Ryan volunteered to work for a local engineering company where he was able to enhance his practical skills and industrial knowledge. He has also previously worked for an electrical contractor and a logistics company, which demonstrates his commitment to be successful and his willingness to learn. For someone who is still of a relatively young age, this is a commendable achievement.”

Siemens has a long standing association with many of the UK's leading universities, including the University of Lincoln. Its UK university partnering programme represents a major part of its commitment to the UK engineering skills agenda. Collaboration ranges from joint research programmes, to providing industry placements as an integral part of education programmes, to recognising and rewarding undergraduate excellence as the Sir William Siemens Medal Award does.

Juergen Maier, Managing Director for Siemens Industry UK, said: “At Siemens in the UK we are investing heavily in skills and training and we have a strong commitment to working with universities and recruiting top graduate engineering talent. Through the Sir William Siemens Medal Award we can work more closely with our target universities to encourage more students to take an interest in a career in engineering, to reward engineering excellence and to try to ensure that more of the world’s leading technology is developed within the UK.”

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