An engineering student from Sheffield Hallam University has won a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) award.
Warren Frost, a first year student studying aerospace engineering, won the overall Telegraph UK STEM Award, winning the £25,000 prize and a place in the awards mentoring scheme.
He was one of five students in the running for the award, after winning the aerospace category previously. Warren was up against the winners of the design, energy, healthcare and innovation categories before winning the £25,000 alongside the overall STEM award and a place in the awards' mentoring scheme.
Entrants for each category were asked to submit a solution to a specific problem or challenge. Warren won the aerospace section, beating rivals from other universities across the country and winning a placement with Rolls-Royce, for his solution to help minimise the impact by a future volcanic ash-cloud event on air travel.
Warren presented the idea to the judges for the overall award and was crowned the winner at an award ceremony in London.
Warren, who is 20 and from Worksop, said:
Winning the overall award and grand prize is a huge honour and I'm very proud to have won. Even getting to the final five was beyond what I expected so this really is a dream come true. The STEM Awards and mentoring scheme is a brilliant opportunity and will go a long way in helping me complete my studies at Hallam.
Dr Anne Nortcliffe, collaborative programme leader in Hallam's Department of Engineering and Maths, said: "As a department and University, we are immensely proud of Warren's achievement in winning the overall award. The Telegraph STEM Awards are a significant body in STEM, with several leading businesses and employers involved in the judging and mentoring scheme.
Warren's idea was ingenious after putting in a lot of work into researching the problem and finding a potential solution. We are sure that he will grasp this opportunity and continue to work hard to make the most of it.
Dr Anne Nortcliffe
The Telegraph UK STEM Awards is an opportunity for the UK’s most talented and motivated undergraduates to present their world-changing ideas to industry influencers – and potentially win £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme. Building on the success of the 2014 and 2015 Telegraph UK STEM Awards, organisers brought together five challenges in the five key sectors, in partnership with leading employers.
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