Students who participated were being judged from a selected panel of IET members, who look for achievements in electronic engineering within areas of technology, innovation and environmental impact. 

The University of Birmingham was represented by three students, one undergraduate and two postgraduate research students from the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. They were up against students from other institutions such as Warwick, Coventry and Staffordshire Universities.

Arushi Madan, a first year MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering student,* Dela Sharifi, a second year PhD student,* and Heather Steele, a PhD finalist, who also features in the current Birmingham Heros group were all prize winners on the night.

Dr Pietro Tricoli, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and a leading academic in BCRRE, expressed his happiness by commenting “we are delighted and very proud of the achievements of our students, from first year projects through to those who are finishing their research studies.

“We are especially proud that all of our entrants won, and on International Women’s Day too! Power electronics and energy management are important areas of research in the railway industry and we’re privileged to be working some exciting projects.”