A Portadown student has good reason to celebrate this month.
Not only is Jason Smith graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Technology with Design, but he has just become the first university student in Ireland, and only the third in the UK, to have his design work recognised by Siemens AG, the German multinational engineering and electronics company.
Jason has been awarded the Siemens PLM Software Student Design Contest prize for his use of their Solid Edge software. The company were highly impressed with Jason’s project which focused on the deconstruction and 3D modelling of a common, everyday item – a garden hose gun.
Said Simon, “It may seem like a simple product but the level of design and engineering excellence I uncovered really gave me a new appreciation and enthusiasm for product design which will support me as I start my career in product design.”
The prize and certificate were presented by Nick Rakkar, Siemens UK channel manager for Solid Edge and FEMAP software, both used by UU students.
“Engineering and technology are fascinating so that made my degree choice really simple,” said Jason. “It became very apparent during my industrial placement in the InnoTech Centre in Cookstown that computer aided design and three-dimensional printing are now essential tools across a number of industry sectors and that the design element in particular is vital.
“My degree has allowed me to develop my engineering and technology theory and understand best practice, as well as collaborate with design experts in the university. The link between these areas is really important as it ensures products are not just functional and innovative, but that they are visually appealing too – otherwise they are less likely to be attractive to consumers.
Dr Desmond Brown from the University of Ulster’s School of Engineering said, “Jason is one of the most focused and talented students to graduate from the School of Engineering this year. From the outset, he fully grasped the relevance of design and aesthetics for the most highly technical to the most basic products on the market. The Siemens prize is a real achievement and is testament to Jason’s talent and ambition which have set firm foundations for his future in the industry.”