The Matthew Greenwood Outreach Award

A new award has been established for a 4th Year Oxford Engineering Ambassador who has been exemplary in engineering outreach initiatives. The award has been called the Matthew Greenwood Award in memory of the St Edmund Hall Engineering Science undergraduate who tragically passed away last year after a fierce battle with cancer. Matt was a highly committed Oxford Engineering Ambassador, and was even said to have been enthusing about the transformative power of an engineering degree from his hospital bed.

The award was given to an undergraduate who reflected the qualities Matt showed as an Ambassador; someone who consistently goes above and beyond, to whom it is easy for young people to relate, and who always volunteers to help with outreach initiatives. This year, the award was given to Maruthi Malladi who was a contemporary of Matt’s in the Department.

Matt Greenwood
Matthew Greenwood, BA Engineering Science (1st Class Honours)

Matt Greenwood Outreach Award
Peter and Michaela Greenwood present the first Matthew Greenwood Outreach Award to Maruthi Malladi.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, said: ‘The whole of the Oxford Engineering Science community was deeply affected by what happened to Matt last year. As a Department, we wanted to honour his memory with an award which reflected his own passion for attracting school pupils into engineering. We are deeply grateful to Matt’s parents, Peter and Michaela, for coming back to the Department to present the first award to Maruthi.’

The Oxford Engineering Ambassador programme was started for Oxford engineering undergraduates in 2015. The programme has grown to include 50 ambassadors who participate in events throughout the year including engineering summer schools, Open Days, student conferences, and school workshops. The Matthew Greenwood Award recognises undergraduates who volunteer in outreach.

P.S. A blog sharing travel journals that Matt wrote can be found at https://goodmorningsunshine.uk/.

Published on 26 September 2017