The Sir William Siemens Medal Award 2014

The Department’s second-year student, Jan Paszkiewicz (Keble College), is one of nine engineers from some of the UK’s leading universities (Imperial, Lincoln, Loughborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Sheffield and Strathclyde) to receive the Sir William Siemens Medal Award 2014. He has been recognised by both Oxford University and Siemens for engineering excellence and achievement during a student‘s first year at university.

Siemens Medal Award 2014
From left to right: Toby Peyton-Jones, Siemens Director of HR; Jan Paszkiewicz; Juergen Maier, Siemens Industry Managing Director
All nine engineers received the Sir William Siemens Medal, specially designed and struck by The Royal Mint, and a paid internship with Siemens. The overall winner was Eu Pin Tien, who is studying for a Material Science and Engineering degree at the University of Manchester.

The entries were judged by a panel of selected Siemens senior engineers and managers who chose one winner from each university and an overall winner.

Jan Paszkiewicz said: “For the Award, I was asked to write an essay on the greatest engineering challenge the world faces and how it should be solved. Also, I had to write a personal statement detailing why I should win and attended a telephone interview with Siemens. It’s a great honour to win this Award”.

Professor Paul Taylor, Jan’s Director of Studies at Keble College, said: “This award is recognition of what we trying to do in Oxford: teaching very smart students how to tackle challenging engineering problems - congratulations to Jan”.

Siemens has a long standing association with many of the UK's leading universities. Collaboration ranges from joint research initiatives, to providing industry placements as an integral part of education programmes, to recognising and rewarding undergraduate excellence.

Juergen Maier, Managing Director for Industry, said: “At Siemens in the UK we are investing heavily in skills and training and we have a strong commitment to working with universities and recruiting top graduate engineering talent. Through the Sir William Siemens Medal Award we can work more closely with our target universities to encourage more students to take an interest in a career in engineering, to reward engineering excellence and to try to ensure that more of the world’s leading technology is developed within the UK”.

As a leading global engineering company, Siemens is behind a diverse range of technologies and services. They design and manufacture products and systems ranging from traffic lights and wind turbines, to superconducting magnets used in medical scanners.