We are delighted to announce that the Overall Winner of this year’s North West Regional Final, hosted by Network Rail in Manchester, is Ehsan Hussain. Ehsan, a Chemical Engineering undergraduate is working with Syngenta in Huddersfield as part of the EDT Year in Industry (YINI) placement programme.
Ehsan has been working on an optimisation project with the aim of increasing the production capacity of a key active ingredient by at least 10 percent. In order to achieve this, Ehsan has organised plant trials to remove the dead time associated with mixing and settling in a liquid-liquid extraction vessel, carried out definition work to support automation of process operations, and performed complex calculations to support the upgrading of capacity limiting equipment.
“Ehsan’s project has been of particular significance to Syngenta, helping the business to capitalise on an opportunity to increase market share of one of its key active ingredients – a potential increase in sales of £5,000,000. He has delivered the project successfully: engaging with a range of internal and external people from different discipline engineers to production managers to operators, influencing the relevant stakeholders to gain their support towards the project along the way.”
The CTTB Awards celebrate the achievements of school leavers and undergraduates during their Year in Industry. YINI is a paid 12-month work experience programme for post A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher and undergraduate students.
The seven finalists who presented on the day were Alex King – Syngenta, Craig Lyons – EA Technology, Danial Haider Tabassum – Network Rail, Ehsan Hussain – Syngenta, Natyra Jashari – Pilkington Technology Management, Peter Pittaway – Saint-Gobain Isover UK, Yi Chen Hock – SP Energy Networks.
The judges who had the hard task of selecting the winner were Emiliana Dvininov - Luxfer MEL Technologies, Dr Chris Atkins - Mott MacDonald, Sue Bagguley- Siemen Digital Industries and Dr Athena Moustaka - University of Salford. Mott MacDonald very kindly awarded a further £100 prize money to Ehsan.
YINI is a national initiative which is part of the EDT’s continuum of programmes aimed at stimulating young people’s interest in STEM at key stages in their education. The CTTB Awards gives YINI placement students the chance to display and present the contributions they have made to their host company to guests and judges.
With the STEM skills gap currently costing the UK economy £1.5 billion every year, it is vitally important to make STEM attractive and accessible to the next generation of scientists and engineers. Organisers cite YINI as one effective way of providing young people with the experience of working with industry, helping to enthuse and inspire them to consider a STEM career.
To find out more about YINI, click here.