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QE Prize trophy design won by mech eng student


Next year's Queen Elizabeth Prize pictured with three members of the judging panel
Next year's Queen Elizabeth Prize pictured with three members of the judging panel

“Golden Crown” design to be presented by Queen next year

A mechanical engineering student from Glasgow University has won a competition to design the trophy for next year's Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Euan Fairholm's “Golden Crown” design was selected from a record number of entries and will be developed into the trophy the Queen will present in 2015.

20-year-old Euan also won £2,000 for his design. He said: “It is a great honour. I am both humbled and delighted to consider that something which I contributed to will be used to recognise such great and important achievements in engineering.

Euan's design was selected from a shortlist of nine by a panel of six judges and a public vote. 

Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum and chairman of the “Create the Trophy” judging panel, said: “The judges are all agreed that Euan’s design best met the brief. We felt that his work illustrates our dependence on engineering and technology, and demonstrates the fact that modern engineering builds on the work of the past. His use of a crown in his design recognizes this as The Queen’s Prize. He has produced a trophy that represents all that the Queen Elizabeth Prize stands for. We look forward to seeing the final trophy being presented to next year’s QEPrize winner.”

The £1 million Queen Elizabeth prize will be awarded early next year after a selection process by an international panel of judges includeing Professor Brian Cox of CERN, Dr Chen Jining from Tsinghua University in Bejing, and Professor John Hennessy of Stanford University.

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