Press release

2011 Ambition Award Winners Revealed

10 November 2011

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) today announces the winners of its 2011 Ambition Awards, with Mitali Kakran, winning the global final of the Present Around The World competition.

The competition for students and young professionals was decided at a glittering awards ceremony held yesterday at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London. Hosted by Bang Goes the Theory presenter and wild animal biologist Liz Bonnin, the ceremony was attended by the finest minds in engineering, both young and old, from all over the world.  Each of the five Present Around The World competition contestants gave a ten minute presentation with the audience invited to vote for the best presenter.

Miss Kakran, 24, graduated from The Nanyang Technological University in Singapore majoring in Bioengineering. Presenting her paper on the infinite possibilities of the newly found material Graphene, Miss Kakran won the final against contestants drawn from all over the globe. She received a cash prize of £1,000, with the runner-up Muhammad Saad Ali from the South Asia region receiving £500.

Upon receiving the award, Miss Kakran commented, “It’s an honour to have the opportunity to present and be voted as the winner by such inspirational and esteemed professionals. It’s been a wonderful experience being part of this competition and I encourage young people around the world to get involved in some way, to help form the future of engineering.”

IET Awards and Prizes Manager, Linda Deleay said: “The IET Ambition Awards are recognition of the extraordinary skill that exists among young and prospective engineering professionals. My warmest congratulations go to all the winners and finalists who I’m sure will all have extremely bright futures in the engineering and technology sectors.”

“In addition to rewarding outstanding achievement and helping students with their finances, the IET’s Ambition Awards aim to encourage students to study engineering and ultimately to enter the engineering and technology professions.  The IET is currently looking at ways to work with industry and government to expand on this programme.”

In addition to the Present Around The World final, a series of other awards and scholarships were presented at the ceremony. These included undergraduate scholarships and grants ranging in value from £1,000 for one year to £3,000 per annum, and postgraduate scholarships ranging in value from £2,500 to £10,000.  The winners of these scholarships were:

Belling Engineering scholarship

University of Cambridge - Simon Schofield

IET Jubilee scholarships                

University of Cambridge - Joshua Patrick Bough

University of Cambridge - Thomas Cole

University of Cambridge - Jonathan Horne

University of Cambridge - Rosie Lowther

University of Cambridge - Adam James Sanders

University of Cambridge - Marianna Sykopetritou

National Electronics Council (NEC) scholarships

Imperial College London -Matthew Douthwaite

University of Cambridge - Leonardo Impett

IET Hawtin scholarship

University of Cambridge - Richard Cadman

IET FUSE scholarships

Durham University - Liam Baron

University of Cambridge - John Anthony Bradshaw

University of Cambridge - Siena Whiteside

Belling Engineering grants

University of Strathclyde - Iain Chalmers

University of Bristol - Benjamin Johnson-Morris

University of Oxford - Philip Sibson

University of Cambridge - Robert Woodward

IET grants

University of Leeds - Nesma Al-Shaikhly

University of Cambridge - Miklós András Danka

University of Sheffield - Radu-Stefan Dragan

University of Manchester - Ciprian Ionut Florescu

University of Cambridge - Clare Hall

University of Sheffield  - Christopher Hambley

University of Sheffield - Dimitrios Konstantinidis

University of Glasgow - Rebecca Macindoe

University of Manchester - Martin Schuster

University College London - Marius-Andrei Vrajitoarea


This year’s IET Ambition Awards are sponsored by BP, GCHQ, RS Components and Transport for London.

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912

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About IET Awards & Scholarships

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is Europe’s largest professional engineering society, sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology across the world.  Part of its remit is promoting, recognising and rewarding excellence and it does this through four awards programmes: The Ambition Awards, Achievement Awards, Innovation Awards and Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards.

The IET Ambition Awards programme includes a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, competitions and travel awards encouraging young people to enter the engineering and technology profession and providing financial support throughout university. The IET Achievement Awards recognise the exceptional achievements of individuals working in the engineering and technology profession.  The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation.  The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards recognise and promote women in engineering and technology and encourage more women to join the profession.

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