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Innovative Engineering Design Recognised with Polypipe Award 2014

Posted: 6th March 2015

Aiden Litchfield has been rewarded with the Polypipe Sponsored Award 2014 for his outstanding project work achieved whilst studying BSc Integrated Technology at University Centre Doncaster.

Aiden’s project sought to improve a piece of PolyPipe pipework moulding machinery via the insertion of a robotic arm which he developed extensively by himself. In the end the idea developed into a large scale project consisting of three elements; the concept, the product and a supporting smartphone app which calculated payback time, which Aiden describes as a labour of love.

The awards are now into their sixth year with Polypipe proudly remaining committed to investing in the people of Doncaster and supporting Doncaster College and University Centre engineering students. Melissa Flett, from Polypipe presented Aiden with the award, “Polypipe’s primary focus is the need for engineering in the region. By celebrating the more detailed side of engineering such as robotics allows us to continually improve”.

Aiden graduated with a first class honours degree and thoroughly enjoyed working on the project throughout his undergraduate study.  He is now in full time employment and believes that the project gave him a fantastic base for employment.

Curriculum Head for Engineering and Logistics, Michael Neal said, “Aiden’s project has produced an outcome that not only demonstrates his high academic abilities but links with his employment needs. Polypipe have continually supported the College and engineering students, giving the opportunity to engage with workplace projects enriching their student experience.”

Doncaster College and University Centre work with a number of local employers to give students the right skills for employment.  If you’re thinking about taking your next step into engineering why not have a look at our courses.