Engineering student shortlisted for prestigious awards

Oishi Deb (pictured) has been nominated in the ‘Power Systems’ category, which is sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

Now in its fourth year, the competition, held in association with Babcock International Group, encourages the most talented and ambitious UK science, technology, engineering and mathematics undergraduates to push themselves beyond their degree syllabuses.

Entrants have the chance to win a £25,000 cash prize, plus a bespoke mentoring programme.

This year, students were asked to choose one of six sector-specific challenges set by the Awards’ sponsors: GSK (Healthcare), Atkins (Design), McLaren (Innovation), BAE Systems (Defence Technology), Rolls-Royce (Power Systems) and Semta (Energy). They then had to submit a proposal outlining how they would address it.

The sponsors were faced with the tricky task of whittling down the submissions to a shortlist of standout ideas.

Oishi said “I am really pleased that my idea got shortlisted by Rolls Royce. I got the opportunity to present my idea face to face to the directors and very high up people at Rolls Royce. It was a great experience.”

The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in June 2017.

Oishi has also been shortlisted for the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year award in Computer Science, IT and Physics.

The Awards identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates in specific areas, such as subject of degree and other categories. More information is available here.

Update: Oishi has been named one of the runners-up in the Power System category of the Telegraph UK STEM Awards 2017.