As part of membership of the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP), September saw Nigel Dawson of Festo present the award for the Best 3rd year dissertation on the Engineering Degree at Northampton University. The successful student, Mike Drake’s dissertation was entitled “Investigation into the Upgrading of Biogas to Biomethane for use as a Vehicle Fuel” and was assessed by a number of judges including engineers at Festo.
Duncan Middleton, Engineering Manager at Festo, is the chairperson the NETP, which is a partnership of engineering companies in the region linked-up with The University of Northampton. The partnership exists to create a pool of industry ready engineers of the highest calibre. It is a unique example of good practice and collaboration between academia and industry. In addition to Festo, other partners in the NETP include Kab Seating, Cosworth, The Aircraft Research Association and GE Intelligent Platforms.
Mike Drakes, the 2013 winner of the Dissertation of the year, was presented with a trophy and a prize consisting of an all expenses paid, two day trip to Festo HQ in Esslingen Germany, where he can witness for himself some of the innovation and automation practiced by Festo. In addition Mike gets to visit the Motek handling and positioning exhibition in Stuttgart and spend an evening sampling the atmosphere of the Volksfest beer festival.