The 2016 Triumph Design Awards was held on Saturday 2nd July at Factory 2. A total of 24 shortlisted competitors from across the UK came to Triumph to exhibit their work and present their entries to the judges. The judging panel led by Geoff Hurst were highly impressed by the calibre of work and motivated by how passionately each and every finalist spoke about their projects. The prize giving ceremony was preceded by a talk from Stuart Wood who spoke about what it takes to succeed within Engineering.

    The wide range of excellent projects meant that judging proved very difficult, but after much deliberation the judges agreed that the winner was Ben Ball, a Systems and Control student from Nottingham. Ben’s entry was a cost-effective CPU cooler which used the control of thermoelectric Peltier cells to cool processors to very low temperatures. This allows them to be configured to run faster and also minimise heat damage to nearby components. The judges were impressed with Ben’s attention to detail and depth of knowledge throughout his entire development process.

    Ben has won a 2 week paid internship at Triumph, along with £500 cash and the Triumph Design Award trophy. In second place was Elliot Downes a D&T student from Worcestershire for his very well considered Lorry Wheel Removal Device, the design of which demonstrated excellent mechanical engineering and high levels of innovation. Steven Huband from Leicestershire was third and wowed the judges with his motorcycle roller starter, and Joseph Unwin from Lancashire was awarded the Committee Prize for his Automotive Workshop Light. The committee were particularly inspired with Joseph’s holistic approach to the design, development and testing of a useable product which satisfied a real need. Elliot and Steven were awarded £250 and £150 cash respectively, a trophy and one weeks work experience at Triumph. Joseph received £100 cash and the Committee trophy. 

    The feedback received since the final has been overwhelmingly positive . This has come from the finalists, parents, teachers, judges, volunteers and the Triumph staff and visitors who attended on the day. Some of this feedback is included below.

    A special thank you to Alex Twist who devised the Design Awards and organises the annual event.

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