On 22 November 2018, VisitScotland Business Events announced its five Young Legends of the Year at an awards ceremony at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. The inaugural event welcomed 100 guests including representatives from the country’s top universities, convention bureaux and tourism agencies.
The “Young Legends’ Awards” were created to celebrate Scotland’s leading reputation for invention and innovation by recognising the leading-edge work of special young people aged 18-26 who live and work there.
Mark Goudie MIET, an Electrical & Mechanical Engineer at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins and an active IET volunteer, was one of five lucky winners who were chosen for their work and innovative ideas from some of Scotland’s key sectors including life sciences, creative, technology, energy and education.
Mark gained an MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. During his time there he won the Energy category of the 2015 Telegraph STEM Awards for developing a Wind Energy Reservoir Storage system, which takes energy from offshore wind farms when electricity is in surplus and uses it to pump water into oil reservoirs. When there is no wind to operate the turbines but electricity is still needed, the water stored in the reservoirs is used to generate electricity on oil platforms.
In 2017 Mark received the IET Paul Fletcher Medal for his leadership skills and commitment to supporting other young professionals. He founded the IET On Campus Group at the University of Strathclyde and became a IET Power Academy Council member, starting student representation on IET panels and committees before eventually representing his employer. Through his volunteering roles, Mark’s taken part in a panel discussion to champion practical work experience for engineering students, has participated in a roundtable discussion on engineering skills with HRH The Duke of York and, more recently, took on the role as Chair of the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary Assessment Panel.
“The IET has supported me through my degree and continues to support me in my engineering career. I started volunteering for the IET at university and it’s given me the opportunity to broaden my skills, grow my network and support the next generation of engineers through various initiatives and schemes. I’m a firm believer that as we start our professional careers, it’s our responsibility to help those that follow us – and volunteering at the IET is a great way to do that,” Mark said.
Speaking about his award, Mark continued: “I’m really proud to have been selected as a Young Legend. The chance to have my work showcased and to be an ambassador who best represents the country’s spirit of pioneering innovation through my contributions to the energy sector is extremely humbling. I’m looking forward to working with VisitScotland Business Events and the other Young Legends for what I’m sure, will be an exciting 2019.”