Dr Tom Parry Jones Student of the Year Award – Finalists announced!

Dr Tom Parry Jones Student of the Year Award 2014 – Finalists announced!

To celebrate the EESW Sixth Form Projects in 2013 – 2014, EESW ran a competition to select an EESW Student of the Year 2014.  The winner will receive up to £800 towards the cost of studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) based subject.

To enter, students must:

  • Have taken part in an EESW sixth form project in 2013-14 and attended the Awards & Presentation Day
  • Be studying at least two STEM subjects at A level
  • Have achieved a Gold CREST Award
  • Be intending to study a STEM based subject to degree or HNC/HND Levels

The award is in memory of the late Dr Tom Parry Jones (1935-2013) who was a trustee of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales for 20 years.  Tom was a great entrepreneur and innovator, who established Lion Laboratories in Cardiff in 1967 and played a major role in developing the roadside hand-held electronic breathalyser, which is used by police forces across the world.  It has transformed road safety and saved countless lives.  Lion Laboratories won the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement for the product in 1980.  They continue to develop and refine the breathalyser.  Tom later set up PPM Technology in Caernarfon for manufacturing instruments for monitoring toxic gases and also established Welsh Dragon Aviation, the first air charter company between North and South Wales.  The Tom Parry Jones Student of the Year Award will be supported by his widow, Mrs R W Jones.

We received a large number of completed application forms from across Wales and invited just seven of these to an interview with Robert Cater, CEO of EESW, Tim Williams, CEO of the Welsh Automotive Forum and Dr Raj Jones in November.  Although the judging panel were impressed with all interviewees, they whittled the pool down to three finalists.  These three finalists have been invited to attend the Welsh Automotive Forum Networking Dinner on 4th December at the Vale Hotel, Hensol, where the winner will be announced!

Congratulations to all those that attended an interview and we look forward to announcing the winner!  The three finalists are:

Bangor University

Ysgol Friars

 Callum Jones of Ysgol Friars, who worked with the Photonics Academy at Bangor University on a project entitled “Laser operated Photonics Breath Peak Flow Rate Meter”

Bangor UniversityAnYsgol Friarsgus Coyne-Grell of Ysgol Friars, who worked with the Photonics Academy at Bangor University on a project entitled “Laser operated Photonics Breath Peak Flow Rate Meter”

Tidal Lagoongower-college-swanseaRuth Harvey of Gower College Swansea, who worked with Tidal Lagoon on a project entitled “Find Alternative Ways of Generating Sustainable Electricity using Macro Algae”

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