15 November 2018
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the winner of its annual Armed Forces Technician of the Year Award, which recognises individuals who have made exceptional engineering achievements to their profession or operational area.
Sergeant Dan Hardwick was chosen for the award for his contributions to the development of aircraft tools in the RAF. As a dedicated STEM ambassador he has assisted in promoting STEM throughout Norfolk, resulting in the team attending over 80 events during this centenary year.
Dan is passionate about encouraging younger generations into a career in STEM. He believes we should underline that engineering is a part of everything and without engineers, no problem would be solved.
Dan said: “It is an honour to receive this award from the IET as recognition of my services to engineering and the Armed Forces.
“I’m incredibly passionate about inspiring younger generations to become engineers. We need to break down the stereotypes created that engineers have to be purely academic, because creativity and inquisitiveness are also highly important for success. Schools should continue to encourage creativity and thinking outside the box to inspire younger generations into STEM.”
Dan received a prize consisting of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 and two years’ free IET membership.
IET President Mike Carr, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and Dan should be very proud to win this award against strong competition in his category.
“The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Armed Forces Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through their work that went far beyond their roles. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to those they work for and with.”
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
Find out more about the Achievement Awards here: www.theiet.org/achievement
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