2016 Triumph Design Awards - National Final
The 2016 Triumph Design Awards was held on Saturday 2nd July at Triumph’s main production facility in Hinckley, Leicestershire. 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- Triumph’s Chief Design Officer, 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, whilst giving valuable advice to all finalists which will put them in good stead for their future careers in industry.
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 throughout the development process.
Ben 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 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 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. Congratulations to all entrants to the 2016 Triumph Design Awards who were successful in reaching the National Final.