If You Like Euan’s Design, Vote For It

Euan Fairholm, a 20 year-old student at Glasgow University and from Edinburgh, has won a place in the final nine of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s ‘Create the Trophy’ competition.

17 to 24 year olds across the UK were challenged to design an iconic trophy that represents the wonder of modern engineering. Euan’s design was chosen from hundreds submitted from across the UK. His design is now in the running to be selected as the winning design, which will be used to create the trophy presented to the winners of the £1million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2015.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is offering the British public the opportunity to join the ‘Create the Trophy competition’ judges in selecting the winning design by visiting the QEPrize Facebook page<http://facebook.com/qeprize> and voting for their favourite design. The people’s vote will become the seventh judge on the Create the Trophy competition judging panel, and will contribute to the final decision of the judges.

The QEPrize Create the Trophy Competition judges, who are leading figures in design, engineering and science, will meet on 29 September to select the winning design. The winner of the Create the Trophy competition will also receive £2000.

trophyEuan’s design (attached) is called The Golden Crown. He explains, “As you can see, a golden crown is mounted upon six steel arms. The crown represents not only the Royal association with the prize, but also how the state itself is very much supported and reliant upon engineering and technology.”

The Create the Trophy competition judges are:
Ian Blatchford (Chairman of judges) – Director, Science Museum
Sir John Sorrell – Chairman, University of Arts, London
Roma Agrawal – Structural Engineer at WSP and Marks and Spencer ‘Leading Lady’
Professor Mark Miodownik – Materials scientist and broadcaster
David Rowan – Editor in Chief, Wired
Jennifer Leggett – Engineering student. Create the Trophy competition winner, in 2013

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) is an international, £1 million engineering prize that rewards and celebrates the engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity. The objective of the QEPrize is to elevate the profile of engineering to that of the Nobel disciplines, raise the public profile of engineering and to inspire young people to become engineers.

Chairman of the QEPrize trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley said, “The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates the transformational power of engineering by honouring engineers whose work has changed the world. The ultimate purpose of the QEPrize is to inspire and engage young people in engineering. Through the Create the Trophy competition we can ensure that young people are represented in the award of the QEPrize, and we can also highlight the importance of design in engineering. The Create the Trophy competition this year attracted an excellent field of entries from young designers and engineers from around the UK. We have an outstanding shortlist of designs reflecting the creativity and talent of the young people in this country. The judges will have a difficult task in selecting a winner but I have every confidence that they will make an excellent choice”

The inaugural QEPrize was awarded in 2013 by Her Majesty The Queen to the five engineers who made seminal contributions to the fundamental architecture of the Internet and Worldwide Web: Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen.


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Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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