Swansea University student recognised for outstanding engineering talent

An engineering student from Swansea University has been recognised for their hard work by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The IET Prize is awarded annually to outstanding students who are completing a course of study which has been accredited by the IET. Prize winners are nominated by their university based on having shown distinction in their course leading to the award of a first degree.

As part of her win, Michelle Sharma will receive a certificate and two years free student membership of the IET.

Talking of her achievement, Michelle Sharma said:

“Studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering for the last three years has been quite the adventure. It has been tough, however I kept a sanguine outlook and remained dedicated towards my education. So, when I discovered that I had won the IET award, I was thrilled to know that my effort had paid off.

“This degree, like any other Engineering degree, came with its plethora of challenges, one of the biggest being the disruption due to Covid. Despite this, I think I can speak on the behalf of my peers in saying that we all managed to stay on track, one way or another.

“Over the last few years, I have made great connections with many of my lecturers, of whom eloquently moulded me into a better student. They were all very supportive of my wildly creative thoughts and inquisitive mannerism, which allowed me to progress this smoothly. I would also like to mention my friends, who constantly pushed me to excel. Lastly, my parents, who always had my back regardless of anything else.

“This IET award means a lot to me as it symbolizes the power of creativity, innovation and possibility. Additionally, attaining an award this early in my career has only proven to me that ‘An expert in anything was once a beginner’ and I know that the only place for me to go from here is up.”

Sir Julian Young, IET President, said:

“Our IET Prizes are a terrific means for talented engineering students to be recognised for their outstanding ability in the early stages of their engineering journey. IET Membership provides early-career professionals with the valuable opportunity to connect with a global community, grow their networks and develop their technical knowledge.

“The IET is passionate about promoting engineering excellence and our awards and prizes showcase some of the finest engineering talent. All the winners should be justifiably proud of their achievements. I wish them all the best for a long, fulfilling, and successful engineering career: they are all difference makers of the future!”