Princethorpe College Upper Sixth Former Michael Gucluer is truly a 'bright spark' after receiving a Bright Sparks 2018 Award making him one of the top 30 most talented young electronics engineers in the country.
Michael was presented with the award on Thursday 3 May in the Maxwell Library at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, in London.
Run by Electronics Weekly in partnership with RS Components, with support from Harting and the IET, the Bright Sparks Awards are presented annually to the 30 brightest and most talented young electronics engineers in the UK. Judged by a respected panel of industry experts, the awards recognise outstanding performance in the field of electronics.
To qualify for the award students must be aged 30 and under, so at only eighteen-years-old Michael was this year’s youngest recipient, with the majority of the awards being presented for university projects.
The award recognises work undertaken by Michael for his GCSE Electronics and Control Project, which has subsequently been developed further with support from the UK Young Engineers Mentoring Programme.
Michael commented: “The electronic product I’ve been developing is a multi-purpose, modular control system which can be re-programmed for industrial applications. It includes a range of optoelectronic components (electronic devices and systems that source, detect and control light) so that data related to important processes can be displayed simultaneously in real-time and recorded for future use.”
He continued: “The judging panel were particularly interested in the details of the design, they wanted to see innovation, creative problem solving and thorough technical electrical knowledge.”
A previous winner of the UK Young Engineers National Award for Engineering Excellence Michael is currently studying for A-Levels in Chemistry, Physics and Maths and plans to go on to Warwick University to study Electronic Engineering.