Student scoops top engineering award

A Glasgow student has received a prestigious Engineering Leadership Advanced Award.

The award recognises the most exceptional engineering students in the UK who show impressive leadership skills. Product Design Engineering student Samuel Smith was awarded £5000 by the Royal Academy of Engineering at an awards ceremony on 11 May 2008.Samuel Smith

As President of the Glasgow University Engineering Society Samuel set up a Formula Student team to compete in an international competition to build the fastest single seater racing car. The team will race their car at the Silverstone racetrack in July this year.

Samuel also took time out from his studies to build his work experience as a Quality Management Engineer with Nissan last year.

He said: “I was very grateful to the Royal Academy of Engineering for accepting me within their programme and I look forward to being part of their community and enjoying the benefits of this award. I plan to use the prize money to further my experience in the automotive industry with a trip to America or the Czech Republic.”

The Product Design Engineering course is run jointly by the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art.

Notes to editors

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Information on the Engineering Leadership Advanced Award can be found at

Information on the Formula Student competition can be found at

First published: 15 May 2008

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