National Recognition for Engineering Student Employees

Engineering Students National Winners at Student Employee of the Year AwardsTwo exceptionally talented engineering students have been acknowledged for their commercial contribution to a local SME as student employees.

University of Sheffield students, Máté Lukács (Mechanical Engineering) and Dhilan Devadasan (Materials Science and Engineering), both won national ‘Student Employee of the Year’ awards - organised by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) – in the ‘Commercial Impact Off Campus’ category.

Following institutional and regional judging rounds, the national awards were announced at a fabulous awards evening on Thursday 5th July in Cardiff, where Máté and Dhilan were delighted to be recognised for their work.

The ‘Commercial Impact Off Campus’ award acknowledges Máté and Dhilan’s specialist part-time work for a local SME in Sheffield, Ossila Ltd.

Ossila develops products that enable quicker and smarter research. Máté and Dhilan work at the company as part-time student Manufacturing Engineers, working full-time during the summer. Since starting work at the organisation, they have created time-saving processes that have sped up product assembly, saving the company vital manufacturing time and ensuring customer orders are fulfilled.

"It has been great to have our work improve the products and manufacturing processes at Ossila. We have already seen the fruits of our labour in reduced customer lead times, improved quality of products and order fulfilment capacity.

"Being nominated for this award has shown us that our work has been much appreciated at Ossila and winning it at a national level was a proud moment for both of us." Dhilan Devadasan and Máté Lukács

Whilst working at Ossila, Máté and Dhilan have both been studying at The University of Sheffield. Máté will soon be entering his final year of study in Mechanical Engineering and Dhilan has secured further study. In the meantime, both continue to work at Ossila Ltd.

Máté and Dhilan were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award by their employer.

"Everyone at Ossila has always been overwhelmingly impressed with Dhilan and Máté's diligence and conscientious work ethic. To see their hard work being given recognition at a national level is an extremely proud moment for us, and we are fully confident that they will continue to achieve great things after graduation." Ossila Ltd

Máté and Dhilan are two of the many students that work part-time whilst studying. According to a survey conducted by Endsleigh (2015) eight out of ten (77%) students are now working part-time to help fund their studies.

Congratulations Máté and Dhilan!

You can read more about further University of Sheffield student success at the Awards here.