The prestigious Sir William Siemens Medal Awardsrecognise engineering excellence and achievement during a student’s first year at university. In February 2013 Angie Theresia, a second year Mechanical Engineering student won this award for The University of Manchester and came second in the overall UK competition. Angie was awarded her medal by Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens UK. Angie also won an internship with Siemens which she will complete in her third year.
A team of three second year students won IT FLIES 2012, a competition run by Merlin Flight Simulation Group in June 2012. The team designed a very lightweight training aircraft. Graham Archer, Cobham plc's Chief Test Pilot said,
“I enjoyed flying the Manchester trainer aircraft and thought it accurately replicated how I would expect an aircraft of this class to fly. Overall, a very convincing simulation and well done to all of the Manchester team."
Third year civil engineering student John Wade won the 2011 Venture Further Prize for his innovative Cav-Form business idea. Cav-Form is a cavity protection system that can reduce build costs, save on floor space and installation time, and is environmentally responsible. John won £10,000 in prize money and gained lots of valuable real-world experience.