Media release: Stornoway student recognised with industry award

Roddy Ferguson, head of technology at Lews Castle College UHI, with Peter Haubrick

A HIGH-achieving engineering student has been recognised with an industry award.

Peter Haubrick (24), from Stornoway, has been awarded an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student prize.

Peter has just completed a BEng (Hons) in mechanical and energy engineering with the University of the Highlands and Islands. He was nominated for the award after achieving the best marks of all the university’s engineering degree students. Peter was presented with a certificate at the Lews Castle College UHI graduation ceremony on Friday 25 August and will also receive two years free membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The IET is a professional organisation which aims to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community. It has over 168,000 members in 150 countries around the world. The IET Prize is awarded annually to outstanding students who are completing a course of study accredited by the IET. Winners are nominated by their university based on having shown distinction in their course leading to the award of a first degree.

Speaking about his award, Peter said: “I am delighted and honoured to be chosen for such a prestigious award from an internationally renowned institute.

“It is extremely gratifying to be recognised by the IET and I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt thanks to all my lecturers and to the staff at the Lews Castle College UHI for their endless help and support throughout my course. I shall always endeavour to work hard and try to further my connection with the IET in future.”

Iain Macmillan, principal and chief executive of Lews Castle College UHI, said: “I am delighted to see Peter rewarded for his achievements.

“Peter started as a student on our National Certificate in mechanical engineering and fully grasped the opportunity to progress on to the engineering degree. Graduating with a first-class honours degree is testament to his abilities and hard work and this award is additional recognition for what he has achieved. I look forward to seeing him put the skills he has learned to good use as he pursues his career. Congratulations Peter and every success in the future!”

Bob Smith, subject network leader for engineering and the built environment, said: “This award completes Peter’s fantastic achievements. To be our top engineering student and be awarded this prize from one of the biggest professional engineering institutions is testament to both his ability and to the hard work he put into his course.”

Professor Jeremy Watson CBE, IET president, said: “These IET Prizes are a way for talented engineering students to be recognised. These students have demonstrated their outstanding ability in the early stages of their engineering career, only the most exceptional students are awarded this prize.

“The IET is passionate about promoting engineering excellence and our awards and prizes showcase some of the best engineering talent. All of the winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements.”


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