Congratulations Class of 2019!

Huge congratulations to our Class of 2019, who donned their caps and gowns on Wednesday 17th July to receive their mechanical engineering degrees.

It was fantastic to see our students become alumni, attending their graduation ceremony at the Octagon Centre. Here they were confirmed as graduates, all watched on by University dignitaries, Department academics, friends and family.

The ceremony also included the presentation of a Senate Award for Leadership in Learning and Teaching to Dr Beverley Gibbs, a senior academic within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Following the graduation event, graduates and their families were invited to attend also a special celebration event hosted by the Department following the ceremony, where staff and lecturers offered their congratulations to our newly graduated students too.

“We are really pleased to welcome our graduates and their guests to celebrate today,” said Neil Sims, Head of Department, during the event. “It is the culmination of lots of hard work by our students and from all at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, congratulations - we are very proud of you all.”

Alongside the opportunity to celebrate with classmates, a number of prizes were also presented during the festivities, highlighting graduates who had shown outstanding academic achievement whilst studying for their degrees.

Prizes awarded included:

  • Mappin Medal and Premium - awarded to Daniel Pitchforth
  • Baker Prize - awarded to Joshua Astley
  • Daniel Doncaster Prizes in Engineering Materials and Design - awarded to Fiona Westcough
  • Hector Aitkin Wainwright Prize - awarded to Hanting Xiao
  • The Chris Wilson Prize for Technical Communication – awarded to Joseph Baldwin
  • Richard Pover Outstanding Contribution Award - awarded to Máté Lukacs
  • Richard Pover Year in Industry Prize – awarded to Christopher Checkley
  • Marjorie Mallik Award for Mechanical Engineering Communication and Outreach - awarded to Yaser Rauf
  • The IMechE Institution Best Project Certificate and Medal - awarded to Fiona Westcough
  • The Frederic Barnes Waldron Best Student Certificate and Medal - awarded to Daniel Pitchforth

IMechE Best Project Certificates:

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering – awarded to Joshua Astley
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry – awarded to Stefan Karmakov
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry – awarded to Benjamin Peters
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in North America - awarded to Jack Poole
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Technology – awarded to Thomas Powell
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics - awarded to Arthur King
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics with a Year in Industry – awarded to Samuele Gould

IMechE Best Student Certificates:

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering - awarded to Hanting Xiao
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry – awarded to Stefan Karmakov
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering – awarded to Alex O’Connell
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry – awarded to Daniel Pitchforth
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in North America – awarded to Andrew Loat
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Technology – awarded to Thomas Powell
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics – awarded to Helen Clark
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Industry – awarded to Samuele Gould

Congratulations again Class of 2019, we wish you the very best of luck with your future plans and keep in touch! #shefunigrad

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A collage of award winners from the Class of 2019





The Mappin Medal and Premium: First awarded in 1893, the Mappin Medal and Premium was awarded to candidates who came first in the Associateship examinations of Engineering and Metallurgy. The medal has since been awarded every year to students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Baker Prize: Founded by the late Mr H G Baker, this prize is awarded to the final year Mechanical Engineering candidate with the best report on their final year project.

Daniel Doncaster Prizes in Engineering Materials and Design: Daniel Doncaster founded Doncasters in 1778, establishing an operation to apply the crucible steel-making process to the manufacture of hand tools. Through the generosity of Daniel Doncaster Ltd, this prize is awarded to a student who demonstrates the best performance in embracing the disciplines of mechanical engineering and metallurgy and materials.

Hector Aitkin Wainwright Prize: Hector Aitkin Wainwright graduated in Engineering from the University in 1931 and this memorial prize is awarded to a graduate who has shown good all-round engineering ability.

The Chris Wilson Prize for Technical Communication: Prof. Chris Wilson was an academic member of the Department who had a flair for presenting technical information. This memorial prize is awarded to a student who conducts the best overall presentation and viva as part of their final year project.

Richard Pover Outstanding Contribution Award: The prize is in memory of Richard Pover, a mechanical engineering student who was diagnosed with cancer whilst studying at Sheffield several years ago. Richard’s family have since worked tirelessly to create a lasting endowment that benefits our students, including both a scholarship scheme and this prize. The award is made to the student who has contributed most to the life of the Department with their non-academic activities.

Richard Pover Year in Industry Prize: A further prize in memory of Richard Pover, this is awarded to the student with the best year in industry presentation.

The Marjorie Mallik Award for Mechanical Engineering Communication and Outreach: Marjorie Mallik was the Department of Mechanical Engineering's first female student in 1949. She went on to have a long career teaching engineering, as well as working to improve inclusivity and diversity in engineering by promoting the subject to young people. This prize celebrates Marjorie's achievements.