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Graduate wins UK Engineering Award

Gerald David Memorial Prize
Christopher McElroy (right) is congratulated on his award by Professor Roger Woods and Dr Karen Rafferty from Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Queen's.

A graduate Of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's has won a top UK Engineering Award for a project undertaken as part of his degree.  Christopher McElroy, who graduated in July from the University, has won the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Gerald David Memorial Prize for his final year project.  The competition is open to students across the UK who gained entry to their degrees with a vocational qualification.  Chris's project involved developing path planning algorithms for marine vehicles which comply with maritime laws. Chris was supervised in his project by Dr Wasif Naeem, who entered him for the competition. 

Dr Naeem commented "Throughout the project, Chris had demonstrated determination through personal interest, dedication and enthusiasm. This award is a testimony to Chris's hard work and I hope it will encourage more students with vocational qualifications to pursue higher education. A very well deserved award indeed".

Chris commented "I am delighted to have received this award. Five years ago, during my HNC in Portadown I never would have imagined that I would end my academic career with a 1st class honours and a UK award. It is a real honour to have been awarded the Gerald David Memorial Prize, which I think highlights the fact that students who come from a vocational background can excel at degree level. I would also like to thank everyone who supported me throughout my entire academic career, because without them I would not be where I am today."

Chris, who is a past pupil of Southern Regional College in Portadown, is now working as an Electrical Engineer for NIE.  His prize consists of a cheque for £750 and two years free membership of the IET.

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