Mechatronics Engineering
Student of the Year competition

To find the best undergraduate or recent graduate student project in the field of mechatronics from a United Kingdom university.  

Successful applications will be projects that will demonstrate all key aspects of mechatronics, mechanics, control and their integration to create a working prototype with a practical outcome. Novelty of idea and original thinking will be particularly rewarded. The competition is an IMechE competition, sponsored by LB Foster Automation & Materials Handling, a leading international mechatronics and automation company. 


The winning student will receive a prize of £1000.


The competition is open to students who, at the time of entry are on a first-degree course at a university located within the United Kingdom. Students who graduated in 2018 or entering the final year of their degree programme (MEng, BEng or MSc) in the summer of 2019 are eligible to enter the competition.

There are no restrictions on gender, age or nationality. All entries must have a signed document from the project supervisor to be eligible.

Entry form

An official entry form must accompany all entries. Entry forms may be photocopied, printed from the website or additional copies may be obtained from the organisers. 

Closing date: 21 June 2019

Entry form must be accompanied by: 

Project report

A full copy of the report of the student’s individual project, which has been completed between 1 September 2017 and the closing date of the competition. This should be submitted electronically as a pdf file. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept group submissions for the award.

Project Supervisor’s citation

A document of no more than 500 words, written and signed by the project supervisor, describing the student’s achievements within the project and giving supporting reasons why they think that the application merits an award.

Care of material

The organisers cannot accept responsibility for entries or other items that are lost or damaged.

Return of entries

Entries and any accompanying material will not normally be returned.


A panel of judges consisting of practicing engineers from LB Foster Automation & Materials Handling and academics will assess the entries and produce a short list of three to five applicants.

The judges will look for application of mechatronics philosophy to a specific engineering problem, economically feasible solutions in terms of its application, excellent research and development practices and final presentations. 

Final presentations

Shortlisted students will be required to make a presentation of no more than 15 minutes plus questions, before the judges and an invited audience at the IMechE headquarters in London, 9 October 2019.

The purpose of the presentations is to enable the judges to get a more detailed understanding of the students’ projects.

Shortlisted students, their supervisors plus two personal guests of the student will be invited to attend.

Shortlisted students

The decision of the judges will be final and will not be subject to appeal. All entrants must agree to be bound by them. Neither the judges nor the organisers are obliged to give any reason for their judgements, or enter into any correspondence with the entrants or their representatives. 

Further information

Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to get involved, contact our Governance and Engagement team.

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