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4 December 2015

Brookes Engineering student named one of five finalists for the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award

On 26 October 2015, Williams F1 and Autosport announced their nominations for the Autosport William Engineer of the Future award.

The award is an exciting new initiative designed to identify the UK’s most talented engineering students from a UK university, which will provide the opportunity of a fast-track career development programme at Williams. The winner will be named as an emerging champion of Formula One engineering.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are pleased to announce that one of our 5th year engineering students, Oisin Scolard, has been shortlisted as a finalist. He is one of five finalists who have the chance of becoming the first ever recipient of the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award and has been invited to take part in an assessment workshop. The workshop took place at Williams HQ on the 18 and 19 November 2015, along with four other students from University of Oxford, University of Bath, Loughborough University and Imperial College London.

The five lucky finalists will complete a range of tasks assessed by a judging panel comprising leading industry, academic, media and Formula One personnel. One of the panel members, Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer at Williams, commented “the calibre of applications we received at the initial essay stage was remarkable and we had a tough time getting our applications down to the final five. We have an exceedingly bright and motivated group who will be visiting Williams F1 in the coming weeks. Many of the sport’s legendary engineering figures began their career at Williams and with this scheme we are confident that many more will learn and hone their craft with us”.

If successful, Oisin Scolard will be offered a position on a two year placement in an accelerated development programme giving him a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in the team’s operations division alongside senior engineers and to gain experience at a Grand Prix.