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Engineering and Design 2014 Student wins the prestigious MacQuitty prize

Daniel Riszczuk

The University’s most generous prize, the £10,000 MacQuitty Prize, has been awarded this year to Daniel Riszczuk, an engineering undergraduate student who has been at the University for 5 years starting with a foundation year. 

This is a brief story of the MacQuitty Prize and the reason alumnus Jonathan MacQuitty so generously supports it:

History
“My grandfather, James MacQuitty, was born in Belfast in 1867. His older bother, William, was born in 1863. Theirs was not an easy childhood. Their mother died in 1872, and their father in 1876 leaving them orphans to be raised by relatives.  My grandfather went to work as a printers’ devil at the age of 14. William had the intelligence and good fortune to receive free schooling and in 1881 he entered Queen’s University, Belfast on a scholarship.

In 1884 he received a prize of several hundred pounds for being top among the First Class Honours students for the B.A in Experimental Science. The prize allowed him to continue his studies in Dublin and London before he returned to Belfast to start as a physician. His career was successful and he was Honorary Physician to Ulster Hospital when he died unexpectedly in 1910 at the age of 47. He had no children so part of his estate came to my grandfather and then via my father to me, helping support me as I studied for a DPhil at Sussex in the 1970’s. Now in turn the MacQuitty Prize will allow another student a similar benefit.”

Philosophy
“Over a hundred years have passed but the financial challenges for young graduates have not been eliminated. This prize should allow the winning student more financial flexibility in starting his or her post-graduate career whatever that may be. But the choice of what to do with the proceeds is to be left entirely to the prize winner. It could be used to start a business, to donate to charity, to travel abroad, to do something about the environment or to purchase something.”

Process
“The winning student will is chosen from the following subjects:
•             Biochemistry
•             Biology and Environmental Science
•             Chemistry
•             Engineering and Design
•             Informatics
•             Mathematics
•             Physics and Astronomy
•             Psychology
based on their performance in their undergraduate degree. The prize is awarded on merit alone and the winner will is contacted in July.”

Jonathan MacQuitty, DPhil, 1979, University of Sussex

2013 Engineering and Design Prize Winners

Prizes from Industrial Sponsors  

Cummins Company Prize Best Automotive Engineering Student Evan Thomas £200
Cummins Company Prize Best Mechanical Engineering Engine Related Year 3 Project Jisjoe Thalackottore Jose £200
Eurotherm Company Prize Outstanding Electrical, Electronic or Computer Systems Engineering BEng Project Tobias Glass £200
Eurotherm Company Prize Best Year 2 Electrical, Electronic or Computer Systems Engineering Student Lucy Haselum £150
Rohde & Schwarz Project Award James Ferguson £100 PC World Vouchers

Prizes from Accrediting Bodies  

IET Most Outstanding Student on an IET Accredited Degree Course James Birchall 2 years membership
IMechE  Best Mechanical MEng Finalist Student James Waterhouse Certificate
IMechE Best Mechanical MEng Finalist Project Adam Fairburn Certificate
IMechE Frederic Barnes Waldron Prize Ce Liang Medal and Certificate
IMechE Institution Project Award Daniel Riszczuk Medal and Certificate

Department of Engineering & Design Prizes  

Department Award Brian Roberts Prize for Best MEng Graduate                                  James Birchall £1,000
Department Award Most Outstanding Performance in Foundation Year Edward Randall £100
Department Award Most Outstanding Performance in Year 1 Wen Gao £100
Department Award Most Outstanding Performance in Year 2 Benjamin Milbank £100
Department Award Most Outstanding Performance in Year 3 Daniel Riszczuk £100
Department Award Most Outstanding Performance in Year 4 James Waterhouse £100
Department Award Most Outstanding Product Design Student Scott Mighall £100
Claire Potter Design Eco Design Award James Morgan
Claire Potter Design Eco Design Award- Highly Commended Scott Mighall
Saville Jones Architects Product with Most Potential Award Tala Jarallah
Saville Jones Architects Product with Most Potential Award - Highly Commended Will Brett
Furnace Design Best use of Prototyping & Model Making Award Will Brett
Furnace Design Best use of Prototyping & Model Making Award - Highly Commended Simeon Castle
Rude Health Product with Most Health Benefits Award Demos Katsouris
Rude Health Product with Most Health Benefits Award - Highly Commended Aaron Pronger
Department of Engineering & Design Tutor's Award Design for Society Award Georgia Barrett & Ben Beagley
Department of Engineering & Design Tutor's Award Professional Services to the Product Design Degree Show Scott Mighall, Tala Jarallah, Will Brett & Max Reynard
Department of Engineering & Design Tutor's Award Most Innovative Product Tala Jarallah
Department of Engineering & Design Tutor's Award Most Professional Performance in the Final Year Scott Mighall & Will Brett