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Alex Lazell with robotic arm developed by OCR
Alex Lazell with robotic arm developed by OCR

Internal News - 30 April 2007

Student wins prestigious leadership award

Alex Lazell has become the second University of Bath student on placement with OC Robotics to win the prestigious Engineering Leadership Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The award, worth up to £5,500, aims to allow gifted engineering undergraduates with marked leadership potential to undertake an accelerated personal development programme to prepare them for a fast track executive career in the engineering industry.

Alex said: “I am so pleased to have won this award and am really excited about the opportunities that are now open to me.

“My colleagues here at OC Robotics, along with the experience of working at such a cutting-edge company, provided great support for my application and, now with two award winners, it is clear that OC Robotics is a great place to learn.”

Alex is working with OC Robotics as part of his mechanical engineering degree and has been involved in many aspects of the company, ranging from engineering design to marketing.

OC Robotics Managing Director, Dr Rob Buckingham, said: “I'm not surprised that Alex won the Engineering Leadership Award. He's an excellent all-round engineer and will make a significant contribution to OC Robotics in the future.”

Alex is now deciding how best to use the funding provided by the award. Andrew Bryant, last year’s placement student and Engineering Leadership Award winner, is using the funding to study Japanese, and will be spending ten weeks this summer in Japan doing an intensive language course along with undertaking work experience in the robotics sector.

OC Robotics offers a variety of student placements which aim to find and develop future employees. OC Robotics is taking on further students this year for between two and 12 month placements.

Links Andrew Bryant wins prestigious award – March 2006.