David Hamlyn and Deborah Kay are the joint winners of the 1999 Year in Industry Awards. Hamlyn, who worked for Martin Baker Aircraft and Kay, who worked at Flexys Rubber Chemicals, won the Engineering Employers’ Federation-backed award for achievements during their industrial placement year before university.
Hamlyn and Kay were picked from 750 students provided with industrial placements by the Year in Industry scheme.
Hamlyn, aged 19, a student at Thames Valley Grammar School, worked on ejector seats for the Saab Gripen. His work included extending the operating range of the T38 upgrade ejector system and contributing to the simulations used to test it.
Kay, also 19, and a student at Farnborough Sixth Form College in North Wales, investigated why effluent discharged from Flexys into the River Dee varied from a straw colour to dark red.
The aim was to allow the company to identify the contaminants and control the colour of the effluent discharged. She now intends to study biochemistry at the University of Manchester.
Year in Industry students receive at least £140 a week for full-time work from September to July. The EEF claims they have saved their employers a `five or six figure’ sum.
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