John Bucknall, who is also a global lubricants technology (GLT) engineer at BP, was chosen from a field of engineers across the BP group. He said: ‘I was surprised, honoured and thankful to receive this accolade. It is great that this sort of engineering gets recognised at such a level.’
Dr Chris Brace, senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at
The Young Engineer of the Year award recognises engineers from companies that support the Royal Academy of Engineering in addition to a number of engineers who have benefited from development programmes initiated by the academy.
Bucknall joined BP after graduating in 2004 and worked on the first generation of Castrol Edge as a technical services engineer within the Product Performance Department. In November last year, he took over responsibility for marine and energy lubes market space projects.
The judges said: ‘John was selected for his significant contributions to lubrication development of both automobile and marine applications. He is now involved in testing the oils used to control deep-water valve assemblies. John brings a deep professional engineering approach combined with practical skills developed through his involvement in design, building and racing top-level hovercraft.’