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Published: 21 September 2016

Department announced winner of SATRO award

Surrey’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has won a SATRO STEMX award in recognition of Dr Radu Sporea’s outstanding work providing research placements for Surrey sixth form students.

The STEMX Awards are given annually by SATRO to commend companies and education providers for their work with schools. SATRO is an educational charity aimed at providing real life experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sectors.

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering won the Public Sector Organisation Working with Schools Award in recognition of the work of Dr Radu Sporea, Lecturer in Semiconductor Devices, with Surrey sixth formers. Since 2013 Dr Sporea has consistently organised four-week research placements within the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) for sixth formers – hosting a total of eight this year – giving students a true insight into life in a research environment.

Lisa Dimbylow, Programme Manager at Surrey SATRO, said, “Dr Sporea approaches his time with the students with real enthusiasm and ensures that the work they do is valid and innovative research. He has often cited the work of these students in his research papers.

“Students always give extremely positive feedback about their time in the Department and for many, the placement helps them decide on their university courses.”

The winners of the SATRO STEMX awards were announced at a special event held at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking on 28th September, attended by High Sheriff of Surrey Richard Whittington, Deputy Lieutenant Shahid Azeem and a number of guest speakers from industry. The evening was compered by former Big Brother winner, TV science 'boffin' and SATRO Patron John Tickle.

Dr David Carey, Head of the Department of Electical and Electronic Engineering, collected the award on behalf of the Department.

SATRO has worked with young people in Surrey and the South East for over 30 years and was set up to inspire young people to gain skills and consider careers in STEM. The demand for STEM skills is particularly pronounced in the Surrey area with its high concentration of digital, technical, pharma and knowledge-based businesses, and two in five firms requiring STEM employees report difficulties with recruitment.

Read about the research conducted by sixth former Thomas Burridge during his SATRO placement at Surrey, which was presented at last year’s British Science Festival.

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