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'Best' student wins engineering award

28 Sep 2007

'Best' student wins engineering award A graduate of the University of Sheffield has won a trophy at the national Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) awards.

Edward Spalton, who recently completed a degree in Aerospace Engineering, won the Airbus-sponsored award for a project investigating how the manufacturing quality of turbine blades can affect their aerodynamic performance.

The research detailed how some faults in the blades may not be sufficiently significant to warrant scrapping them, a finding that could save the aerospace industry millions of pounds.

Technical adviser at Airbus UK, Robin Brown, who presented the award, commented: "Edward is an articulate and enthusiastic student who is committed to an engineering career. All these qualities make him an excellent ambassador for engineering and a worthy winner of this award."

Selected from a group of 45 short-listed students, Mr Spalton said that winning the award was a "dream come true". He adds it to a series of awards won during his time at university.

The winner plans to join the Rolls Royce graduate scheme in 2008 after spending some time travelling.

The SET Awards are run by the World Leadership Forum and are sponsored by Airbus, GlaxoSmithKline, Cadbury Schwepps and Bentley Motors among others.

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