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Nottingham student wins national engineering award

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 An undergraduate student from The University of Nottingham has been announced as the overall winner of the prestigious Sir William Siemens Medal for 2012.

Danielius Samsonas was among nine engineering students from some of the UK’s leading universities (Imperial, Lincoln, Loughborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Sheffield and Strathclyde) who have been recognised by their universities and Siemens as being the most outstanding students in their year.

A panel of senior engineering managers from Siemens awarded Danielius’ with the top prize after being impressed with his exceptional academic ability, but also his passion for engineering and his clearly demonstrable knowledge of current and future technologies.

After picking up the award, the second year Mechanical Engineering student said: “It is a great honour for me to represent The University of Nottingham and also to win this award.”

Danielius, who is currently spending a year at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus as part of the institution’s student exchange programme, continued: “The topic of my essay was about graphene and nuclear fusion. Graphene is a new material which is 200 times stronger than steel and produces current when struck by light.

“Therefore, it could be used to build lighter cars and aeroplanes, as well as more efficient solar panels and far more powerful computers in the near future. I chose this topic because I wanted to approach the essay with a unique vision and ideology and this helped me to win the competition.”

Danielius is now looking forward to undertaking a placement in the Siemens healthcare division. During this placement he hopes to learn more about the technology behind MRI machines — technology that was invented at The University of Nottingham.

“During the awards ceremony, I had the opportunity to meet Siemens’ top executives who shared their valuable thoughts on real engineering and how it is an important tool to solve future problems while providing a cleaner, safer and more comfortable living environment for society. This experience has certainly made me more certain about my career path.”

After Danielius was presented with a cheque for £1,000 and an iPad at the competition final in London, Professor Steve Pickering, Head of Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, was quick to congratulate his student.

He said: “We are delighted that Danielius has won this award, which is a great reflection of the quality of Engineering students here at Nottingham. With the opportunity to study on exchange at our Malaysia and China Campuses, students in Engineering at Nottingham can really enhance their studies with an international dimension to enhance their employability in the global workplace.”

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