Final year Aston University Engineering student Mamoon Zaheer was announced the winner of the City of Birmingham Queen’s Silver Jubilee Engineering award after competing against five Birmingham students to prove he had the engineering edge.
The five young Engineers undertook industrial work placements to work on national projects. They had to present the projects to the Lord Mayor, where they were judged alongside their community work to have a chance of winning the £1,000 prize money.
Interviewed by a panel of nine judges, including the Lord Mayor, Rob Dawes, Chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Midland Region Committee and six top engineering representatives from around the UK, Mamoon was asked about his contribution and achievements to engineering and his future plans for it.
Mamoon discussed how he believes engineering could attract more students and grow as a profession. Speaking of his experience Mamoon said ‘It’s out of this world. With the announcement of my win I had top and well known people of the country applauding me. The announcement was followed by a Royal lunch; this was one of my favourite parts of the day. The whole event was like a dream.”
The judges were impressed with Mamoon’s business sense and his accomplishments when undertaking a work placement with Carillion. While at Carillion, he headed up the I.T. procurement section where he took responsibility for around half a dozen staff and rising to this challenge proved to be an excellent manager. Mamoon suggested improvements and exceeded expectations in this area with regards to managing people and as an acknowledgment to his hard work Carillion sponsored him for his final year at Aston.
Rob Dawes said ‘We were looking for the presentation which demonstrates a dedicated commitment to engineering. The award recognises the contribution students are expected to make to the future of the industry.’
Mamoon, who also won the Electronic Employers Federation Prize for being the top foundation student at Aston and the IET award more recently, said; ‘Not so long ago I was working as a security guard but now I am almost a graduate. It proves that with hard work nothing is impossible. My success is the dream of my mum and dad, made possible by their prayers. I first of all like to thank ALLAH and then all my tutors. Dr Geoff Carpenter, Mr Graham Perry and Dr Trevor Oliver are some of the names which I would like to quote whenever I speak of this achievement.’