Heriot-Watt students recognised by Baker Hughes

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Baker Hughes Diversity awards 2013
From left to right: Anthony Wainman, Scott Inglis, Carmen Torres-Sanchez, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Benjamin Rayer

Three Heriot-Watt mechanical engineering students were this week awarded prizes by Baker Hughes, the oilfield service company with operations in more than 80 countries around the globe.

Heriot Watt is one of an elite group of only 20 universities worldwide with whom Baker Hughes have a strategic alliance – and one of only two in the UK.

This year for the first time, Heriot-Watt Engineering Design students were put forward for the Baker Hughes Diversity Awards.

These prestigious awards recognise students who have participated in a 12-week long Company-Led Engineering Design projects – and excelled across four key values: integrity, teamwork, performance and learning.

Teams of students are matched with companies that have a particular design problem or project that would benefit from energetic and enthusiastic student input.

In turn, the students benefit greatly by gaining real world experience and learning new skills.

This year, 95 students worked on 19 projects in 17 different companies.

The Diversity Awards were presented by Caroline Kelly, Application & Product line Manager at Baker Hughes.

Scott Inglis won the first prize worth £1000 and Anthony Wainman and Benjamin Rayer won runners’ up prizes, each worth £250.

Speaking after the awards, Carmen Torres-Sanchez, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences said: “It’s been very difficult this year to pick only three names and put them forward for the prizes, because the field was so strong this year.

“For many, if not all the students who participated, it was the first time they were faced with a real life project, with a real client and a tight timeframe to deliver a solution, or a prototype.

“They’ve risen to the challenge and made the University proud. Feedback we are getting from their clients has been very complimentary and we hope that next time we’ll be able to extend the project to take in students from other disciples such as Electrical Engineering.”