An engineering student has won a competition to create the trophy for the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
Euan Fairholm, from Edinburgh, has won the competition, beating hundreds of UK hopefuls with his design called ‘The Golden Crown’, which will be developed into a final form and presented by Her Majesty the Queen to the winner of this year’s competition.
As well as having his design 3D-printed following the win, 20-year-old Fairholm, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University, has also won £2,000 in cash.
He said: "It is a great honour to have my design selected to be the trophy for The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. 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."
This year, the British public was asked to view the nine shortlisted designs and vote for their favourite on Facebook, with the people’s vote counted as the seventh judge on a panel that included Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum, and materials scientist broadcaster Mark Miodownik.
Blatchford said: “Once again, this competition has shown the creativity of young people in the UK. Shortlisting the entries down to our nine finalists was not easy; nor was selecting the winner.
“However, 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 recognises 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.”