Press release: Engineering Showcase 2013

Matchtech awards Cambridge University Eco Racing team winner of the Engineering Showcase 2013

Matchtech, engineering recruitment specialist, has announced the winner of its 2013 Engineering Showcase, awarding first place to the project submitted by the Cambridge University Eco Racing team. Judges of the competition included editor of The Engineer, Jon Excell, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, Paul Jackson, and MD of Matchtech, Keith Lewis.

Entries which made the Highly Commended shortlist were Houlder with its “Fast Track” reel skidding and drive system, alongside Sheffield University with its student entry, ‘Robot Swarm’.

MD of Matchtech Keith Lewis said, “I am extremely pleased to announce that the winning entry was the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) car. The team has taken a bold move by taking a fundamentally different approach to solar car design that focussed on aerodynamics rather than maximising surface area, which is a great demonstration of innovation.

“As with all our shortlisted entries, the winning project is undoubtedly inspiring, demonstrating how much scope there is within the field of engineering with new techniques and designs yet to be discovered. This opportunity is placed in the hands of the next generation and by putting the spotlight on engineering talent such as this, I hope we have encouraged future engineers to pursue careers in this field, whilst sufficiently celebrating the achievements happening within our UK industry today.”

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK and judging panel member said of the importance of initiatives such as the Engineering Showcase to the future of the engineering industry in the UK, “I hope great projects like these will not just help to raise the ambitions of those already pursuing engineering careers, but will inspire young people just starting to think about their future career. Ensuring our future engineering talent-pipeline must start in schools. We must be aiming to double the number of young people studying GCSE physics as part of triple sciences and grow the number of students studying physics A level to match those studying maths.”

The Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) team, entered the competition with an aerodynamic eco car designed to race in a 3000km solar marathon across the Australian Outback. Jon Excell, editor of The Engineer said of the winning project, “I chose this as the winning project because I felt it met the judging criteria (innovation, impact, cost-effectiveness and resourcefulness) more convincingly than the other two entries, and offers the clearest explanation of how the project meets these criteria. The way in which a student team has tapped into industry funding and support is a strong example of both resourcefulness and cost effectiveness.”

For full information on the winning project and the shortlisted entries, visit:



About Matchtech

Matchtech is the no.1 engineering recruitment agency in the UK*.

Matchtech takes a proactive lead in changing the perception of recruitment and has created strong ethics and values to support its vision and goals. It was also one of the first recruitment agencies to be awarded the Recruitment & Employment Confederation Audited status, which represents the “Gold Standard” of the corporate REC membership.

With a passion for quality, its staff works to the most rigorous standards in the recruitment industry. Its goal is to always exceed the expectations of its customers and lead the recruitment sector through effective delivery and quality of service.

*Source Recruitment Internationals The Top 250 Report 2011, Volume 14.


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