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Stephen Habgood (left) receives the Airbus Award for the best aeronautical engineering student from Robin Brown
Stephen Habgood (left) receives the Airbus Award for the best aeronautical engineering student from Robin Brown
Dr Richard England alongside Rhys Williams with his AWE Best Chemical Engineering Student Award
Dr Richard England alongside Rhys Williams with his AWE Best Chemical Engineering Student Award

Press Release - 01 October 2008

Bath graduates announced as winners of the SET Student of the Year Awards

Two students from the University of Bath have beaten competition from universities across the UK to come first in their field, at the Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) Student of the Year Awards 2008.

The winners of the 2008 Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony in London before an audience of more than 500 technology students, academics, industry executives and senior figures from the government.

The SET awards are open to all final year undergraduates in the British Isles and are supported by British industry professionals. They are said to be Britain's most important awards for science and technology undergraduates.

This year, 45 students were shortlisted in 15 different categories and the judges paid tribute to the exceptional standard of the entries.

Stephen Habgood was judged to be the best aeronautical engineering student by the Royal Aeronautical Society and won the Airbus Award.

His final year research project was on the development of novel buckling concepts for use in aeroplane wings that change shape during flight in order to improve efficiency. He carried out an energy analysis and an experiment to verify his predictions.

“I really enjoyed the night, it was a great event and I was delighted to be nominated and of course to win,” said Stephen, who graduated from the University this summer with a first class degree in Aerospace Engineering.

“I’d like to thank the staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who supported and advised me throughout the project.”

Rhys Williams, a graduate of Chemical Engineering, won the AWE Award for the best chemical engineering student.

His project, which was judged by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, focused on the supercritical drying of aerogels, a highly porous form of glass with optical properties.

Aerogels are used as thermal insulators and could also form the basis of new biochemical, medical and environmental sensors, or signal processing devices for high-speed optical telecommunications.

Richard England, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering who nominated Rhys for the award said: “Rhys, who obtained a first class degree this summer, worked extremely hard throughout his project which was used to obtain research funding to continue the work.

“He is committed to the discipline and he is thoroughly deserving of this award.”


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