Published: 03 March 2021

Cadzow Smith Award goes to Surrey student

Biomedical Engineering student Emma Wright has proved her exceptional potential by winning the coveted Cadzow Smith Award, which is awarded to just one final year student from across 11 universities in London and the Home Counties.

The Cadzow Smith Award is given by the Engineering Trust – the charitable trust of the Worshipful Company of Engineers – to recognise a final year student who demonstrates not only academic excellence, but also professional awareness, leadership, self confidence and sound common sense.

As overall winner, Emma will be presented with a cheque for £2,500 along with a commemorative medal and certificate at the Awards’ Livery Dinner which will be held at the Plaisterers’ Hall or Institution of Engineering and Technology on 13 July.

Emma, who is in the fourth year of her MEng Biomedical Engineering degree, was nominated by Surrey’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and, having been shortlisted as one of six students across the 11 universities, was interviewed in front of a panel of Chartered Engineers.

She said: “It was already such an honour to be the Faculty’s nominee, but to actually win was incredible, especially given the high calibre of the other candidates. I was ecstatic and initially quite overwhelmed. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to demonstrate my potential and have recognition for my hard work and achievements. This is the perfect finale to what will be five years of study at Surrey.”

After she graduates from Surrey, Emma plans to pursue her passion for the field of medical devices – possibly in a dynamic R&D environment where she can apply her skills and knowledge.

“Through my studies at Surrey and my Professional Training placement at DePuy Synthes (part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies), I’ve learned how to overcome new challenges and grown as an engineer and a professional. I’m looking forward to further contributing to an industry where the end goal is helping people to improve their lives and ensuring a continuum of care for patients.” - Emma Wright

Charlotte Foreman, Director of Learning and Teaching for Mechanical Engineering Sciences, commented: “We are delighted that Emma has been awarded with this prestigious prize. It is thoroughly well deserved and is recognition for Emma’s commitment, dedication and hard work throughout her time at Surrey.”


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