Engineering & Physical Sciences student wins Parliamentary award

Manuel Martinello, right, receiving his award from Dr Tony Whitehead, Director of Governance and Policy, Institution of Engineering and Technology

A student from the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University won a silver award for outstanding 'Early Stage Research in Science, Engineering and Technology' from the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee in Westminster.

I am delighted and humbled to have won the silver medal award, especially given the array of impressive work on display from many high calibre research institutions

Manuel Martinello, SET award winner

Manuel Martinello, who was presented with the award at a reception in the House of Commons, was given the medal for his pioneering work which enables people to see 3D information from one single 2D image.

Manuel said, "I am delighted and humbled to have won the silver medal award, especially given the array of impressive work on display from many high calibre research institutions. Presenting my work to Members of Parliament and others in the field of engineering from across the country was a fantastic opportunity and one which I would certainly recommend other research students to partake in, in the future.

"I think events such as Set for Britain provide an important chance for researches to communicate their work to a different type of audience and outside of an academic setting."

Manuel's supervisor on this project is Dr. Paolo Favaro.

Promising futures for Edinburgh-based academics

We should be proud to have great academic institutions in the city that attract such talented and creative students

MP Mike Crockhart

Commenting on the awards, local Edinburgh MP Mike Crockhart said, "I congratulate Manuel for winning this award, and for producing a truly outstanding piece of research.

"Awards like these show that Edinburgh is a world leader in fields such as engineering and the sciences. We should be proud to have great academic institutions in the city that attract such talented and creative students.

"I know that Manuel, and the many other excellent Science, Engineering and Technology students studying in Edinburgh have very promising futures, and their research will pave the way for the ground-breaking industries and employers of tomorrow."