03 October 2006

Chemical Engineering student wins award at science ‘Oscars’

Photo: Richard Trueman receiving his award

A University of Sheffield student has been named the Best Chemical Engineering Student at the prestigious 2006 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) awards. Richard Trueman, 22, beat candidates from across the UK to scoop the award which was judged by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Richard, who recently graduated with first-class honours, received the BOC Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student for his final-year project which identified ways of designing better tablets to be used in the pharmaceutical industry.

The SET awards are Britain and Ireland’s most important awards for science and engineering students, and are often referred to as the 'Oscars' of British science and technology education. It is the fourth time in the last six years that a student from the University’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering has won the award.

Richard now plans to take a year out to go travelling before starting a PhD next year. He said, “The standard of the submissions was so high that I was just delighted to have been shortlisted. To actually win is a great achievement and one that I hope will open up many opportunities for the future.”