Zodiac Graduate Awards 2017 | Celebrating new aerospace talent

Earlier this month Zodiac Aerospace hosted their inaugural Graduate Presentation event, rewarding the winning ideas from this year’s Graduate Design competition.

As a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft and a specialist in the design, certification and assembly of innovative aircraft seating, it was only fitting that the task set to Graduates was to design ’The Seat of the Future’.

This year 17 graduates took part and presented their ideas. Of the designs some included features such as customer bespoke cabin interiors and even virtual reality headsets with augmented reality function.

The competition encourages creativity, originality and excellence in design and applicants are judged on the basis of innovation, production considerations, marketing and compliance with aviation standards. The designs were initially judged by a team of managers to shortlist the top four. The shortlisted graduates then presented their ideas on Friday to an audience of their peers, managers, and the awards panel, led by Zodiac UK CEO Neil McManus. The panel also included members of the Executive Management team and Matchtech’s own Keith Golding Senior Client Relationship Manager.

After much deliberation the panel decided on the first and second prize winners, the winning design was from Addison Dieudonne. Addison was judged top of the group because of the simplicity of his design and commitment to his vision.

Dr Andrew Clarke, VP Engineering congratulated this year’s Graduates and commented on the very high standards achieved and the adoption of world class research in the presentations

”I am very proud of our 2017 Graduates; the ideas they have presented will continue to be developed and integrated into future products”.

The second prize was earned by Jack Willgoose who captured the attention of the judges because of his innovative use of technology and seat structure.

Keith Golding, Senior Client Relationship Manager, Matchtech commented:

“I was really impressed with the level of detail and research all the candidate had put into their projects. In addition, the professional approach taken during all the presentation shows that this programme is really delivering the engineering leaders of the future.”

first prize

First Prize: Addison Dieudonne received the Zodiac Graduate of the Year award with £500 cash prize, presented by Zodiac Seats UK CEO Neil McManus.

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Second Prize: Jack Willgoose received the Matchtech Graduate Innovation Award with £250 Red Letter Day voucher, presented by Matchtech’s Keith Golding

Matchtech is proud to have had the opportunity to support this event and see first-hand the potential of the next generation of engineering professionals. The competition is a great opportunity to encourage Graduate’s skills, creativity and to celebrate new Aerospace Engineering talent. It also provides an opportunity to raise the profile of engineering and the exciting opportunities available in this career to students who may be considering a future in STEM.

If you want to design the seats of the future or are interested in another job in aerospace, you can view our current Aerospace jobs here.

To find out more about Zodiac’s Aerospace Graduate opportunities please contact: sonya.pink@zodiacaerospace.com

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