COMPETITION: Cadzow Smith Award 2021

Established in 1996, the Cadzow Smith Engineering Awards are for excellence on an accredited undergraduate engineering course conducted at one of eleven universities within London and the Home Counties. Besides academic excellence, the recipients of the Awards must have demonstrated…

Established in 1996, the Cadzow Smith Engineering Awards are for excellence on an accredited undergraduate engineering course conducted at one of eleven universities within London and the Home Counties. Besides academic excellence, the recipients of the Awards must have demonstrated self-confidence, professional awareness, leadership and sound common sense.

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The Eastern Group plc in recognition of the outstanding services to engineering of its former Chairman, the late Dr James C Smith CBE FREng FRSE a Past Master Engineer.EligibilityAwarded to a British Citizen with the Right to Residence in the UK who is a student on the final year of an accredited engineering course in Greater LondonAwardMedal and £2500 Prize and Medal (& £500 Prize for Highly Commended)Success CriteriaA demonstration of a combination of academic ability, personality and initiative that will provide most promise of future leadership in engineeringWinnerCharles (Bertie) BoakesCitationBertie is presently on the 4th and final year of an MEng course in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is an intelligent, highly able and mature candidate. He has won the Imperial College Allen Prize for Mathematics, not only scoring 100% on the required questions in the examination but 100% on the remaining questions. His Senior Tutor describes his academic performance as exceptional and expresses the clear expectation that he will gain a well-deserved 1st class degree.

During a summer placement working with Reaction Engines Ltd, a company that is developing an air breathing rocket engine with a unique thermodynamic cycle, Bertie was given the task of exploring other applications for the cryogenic heat exchanger that is the unusual technology at the heart of the engine. In carrying out this task: he proposed a design solution to improve the feasibility of aero engine recuperation; identified the need for a tool to automate the process of preliminary heat exchanger sizing and optimisation and then produced a tool to do this; produced a flexible heat exchanger model to facilitate optimisation by the above tool; and finally summarised research on a topic in fluid mechanics to inform modelling of heat exchangers. Understandably, he is held in high regard by the team at Reaction Engines.

In a ‘Design, Build, Make’ project he acted as project leader and mentor for the group that developed an ultrasonic mapping tool for use in the College’s mechanical engineering laboratory. The project won the prize for the best group project.

Bertie not only has the technical skills, breadth and ability to succeed in technology innovation, but also the maturity, understanding, leadership skills and practical motivation to contribute significantly to the future of engineering. He is a worthy winner of the Cadzow Smith Award.

ApplicationThe nomination must be submitted through the Dean of the Faculty or Head of School. Requests for nominations are circulated to the relevant institutions (Colleges or Universities within London) in November each year. Nominations must be received by the end of the following January and short-listed candidates are invited for interview at the EngineersÔÇÖ Company office in London in early March. Only one nomination is allowed per institution. cadzowsmith@engineerstrust.org