20 March 2013

ACSE researcher wins Silver for engineering display in Parliament

Paul Richmond at SET for BritainDr Paul Richmond, 28, a Research Associate in the Department of Automatic Control Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, won Silver at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of his engineering research, walking away with a £2,000 prize yesterday.

Paul presented his research on software which facilitates high performance real time simulation of large complex systems, such as the simulation of very large pedestrian crowds, to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition SET for Britain, on Monday 18 March.

His research was judged against 59 other shortlisted researchers’ work and came out second.

Paul said, “Winning second place in SET for Britain is an enormous confidence boost in that my work is clearly understood by a wide audience and its impact is appreciated.”

SET for Britain aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base and rewards some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.

Sanjay Mehta, Managing Director, Essar Global Limited, the sponsors of the Silver Medal, commented:  “As a global company who have made a major investment in the UK, Essar are delighted to be silver sponsors of the Engineering Section of Set for Britain 2013.  The aim of the initiative has always been to encourage and support young scientists, engineers and technologists and as leaders in those disciplines Essar have a significant interest in the excellent work the competition is promoting.”

Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering, said, “Innovation, based on engineering research is key to our economic revival and recovery. As such, the Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to support the SET for Britain event, which showcases the work of some of our very best young engineers.” 

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, INEOS, AgChemAccess, Essar, the Institute of Biomedical Science, GAMBICA and WMG.

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said, “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers. 

“These early career scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

More about SET for Britain

SET for Britain 2013 prize winners