Peter Stuart was awarded The IET Prize 2012 at Bristol University this summer, an award given for distinction shown in a course leading to the award of a degree in electrical and electronic engineering.
He first found out about this award when it was given to him at his graduation ceremony, and was honoured to receive something of this ilk from such a large and reputable institution as the IET. He also feels this award will really help him as he starts his early career.
“The immediate benefit of the award is two years free membership of the IET. During this time I’m hoping to attend events organised by the IET network here in Bristol, and to develop my involvement with the IET as I take the first steps in my career. I suspect that the greater and longer lasting benefit of the award will be the doors that it may help me to open as I progress in my career,” he enthuses.
Peter’s commendations didn’t end there however. Two other prizes were given to him by his department that day; the Sanders Prize, which is awarded to the final year student with the highest examination marks, and the Rawcliffe Memorial Prize, which is awarded to the student who has completed the best project in electrical and electronic engineering.
“My project involved cellular neural networks (CNNs) - electronic systems modelled on biological neural networks that can perform certain operations much faster than conventional digital processors,” Peter explains.
“The project focussed on the application of CNNs in a prosthetic hand gripping objects, processing the signals from a pressure sensitive artificial skin for transfer of information to a human host via a reconstructed neural interface. I created a simulation environment and designed and tested a CNN algorithm that could perform this function.
I believe my project stood out because of the cutting edge application and because of the way in which my thesis handled the broad scope of concepts involved,” he says.
Peter has now started working for Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR division in Bristol, designing digital hardware for graphics processors. He’s hugely proud of ending his academic years on such a high and believes these kinds of awards can only help him in these first years of his career.
“Naturally it means a great deal to me to end my time at university in such a way. The awards will certainly help my CV stand out in the future.”