Sussex Mechanical Engineering student scoops international prize

A Sussex student has been named Best Mechanical Engineering Student in Europe’s most important awards for science and technology undergraduates.

Finalist Daniel Riszczuk scooped the Babcock Award, judged by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at the recent 2013 SET (Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year) Awards, winning with a prototype of a Constant-Power Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

He said: “I was surprised to hear that I had been put forward for the award but winning feels like a great validation of the hard work I put into this project.

“I will be continuing to work on developing the CVT as part of my final-year group project and I am looking forward to the new challenges it will bring.”

Students can only be nominated for these awards by their lecturers, with Daniel being nominated by his project supervisor – Dr Romeo Glovnea.  “The SET Awards are supported by world-leading industrial companies such as Airbus, AWE, Babcock International, BP, Rio Tinto, Shell, and leading scientific and technical institutions. To have one of our students beating competition from top universities is a gratifying feeling. Daniel undertook the difficult task of making a prototype of the CVT, with restricted resources, but with true professionalism. His approach to the project was outstanding from the very beginning.”

Dr Helen Prance, Head of Engineering and Design, added: “We are very proud of Daniel’s achievements and this shows the strength of mechanical engineering at Sussex.”

Daniel collected his prize trophy in front of hundreds of students, academics and business leaders at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony on Thursday (26 September) at Kensington Town Hall in London.

We will be looking in on Daniel as he continues his work with the prize winning CVT over the next year…

(image via University of Sussex)

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