04 November 2011
UKESF announces winner of first annual Scholar of the Year award
The UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF) last night presented its first annual Scholar of the Year award to Adam Malpass, a final year student reading electronic engineering (MEng) at the University of Southampton. Malpass' UKESF Scholarship is sponsored by Dialog Semiconductor.
The award was sponsored by IC Group and announced at the NMI's annual awards ceremony, London. Speaking at the event, Neil Dickens, a director at IC Group said: "It's vital for the UK industry's future growth that we attract, support and retain as many talented young individuals, such as Adam, as possible. In a very competitive year, Adam stood out from the crowd, especially for his infectious enthusiasm, outstanding contributions to Dialog and his encouragement of younger students to take up electronics."
During his three month summer placement with Dialog, Malpass produced a new design for use in its range of flagship products and delivered a research report to help facilitate a move into a new line of business.
To help inspire younger students to take up electronics he has been involved in activities with his former school, and through his university. These include talking to students of all ages about the opportunities in electronics and a university blog which relates his experiences as an electronics undergraduate and responds to enquiries from prospective students.
Malpass said: "I'm really delighted to have won this award especially as I know the competition was strong, especially from [fellow Southampton University and UKESF scholar] Tom [Dell]. The UKESF scholarship has provided me with development opportunities that a student wouldn't normally have, such as working internationally with a world class company, meeting industry leaders and receiving training in the softer, professional skills that aren't taught at university."
NMI's ceo, Dr Derek Boyd, said: "As a founding partner of UKESF we have been delighted by the quality of the undergraduate students within the scholarship scheme. Adam is just one of an exceptional group of younger people and I expect to see him contribute greatly to our sector in the future."
Rebecca Whatley-Stokes, global head of Learning and Development at Dialog Semiconductor added: "Adam has been fantastic during his time at Dialog, he's a real credit to young engineers and will do very well in future. The UKESF has given us a great opportunity to spot the most talented individuals, such as Adam, earlier than our competition."
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