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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Engineer Will picks up award

A NATIONAL Nuclear Laboratory engineer has won a top award for his skills at an awards ceremony in London.STUDENTS have been getting to grips with solving some of the challenges facing the nuclear industry as part of a National Nuclear Laboratory residential.

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HONOUR: Will Machin receives the Sir George MacFarlane Award from Lord Browne

Will Machin, a lead engineer and team manager for NNL, was recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering for his quality of leadership, technical and scientific attainment.

The 30-year-old was presented with the Sir George MacFarlane Award and was hailed for his “extraordinary determination to achieve success for himself and for NNL.”

Will’s career got off to a promising start when he became the youngest ever delegate on NNL’s Management Development Programme. He went on to become the firm’s youngest chartered engineer and youngest technical manager.

Will said: “It was a real surprise and I’m delighted to have won it. I’ve worked hard in my career and it’s nice to get some recognition for it. However, I don’t intend to stop there: my next goal is to be awarded fellowship of the IMechE (The Institution of Mechanical Engineers).”

NNL's chief engineer, Richard Taylor, said: “Will has made a major contribution to the NNL and has become an inspirational figure for other members of the laboratory’s staff.”

The NNL, which has labs in Workington and on the Sellafield site, ran the four-day course for students aged 14 to 16 in collaboration with national educational charity The Smallpeice Trust.

A total of 55 students got involved in the scheme at Lancaster University, which saw presentations, workshops, practical design projects, and a final assessment. A variety of nuclear-related subjects were tackled including radiation, the environment, health and safety and decommissioning of plants.

Thea Hill, Smallpeice Trust education officer, said: “This year’s engineering course has been a resounding success and we have been most impressed by the caliber of the students.”

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