Engineer Matthew Ardern has finished fourth in his category at the world’s largest pre-university science competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Matthew travelled to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) as winner of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) young engineers award (pictured top).
He competed with 1,700 others from over 75 countries at Intel ISEF, and Matthew’s project – a continuous reciprocating air filter – saw him win the award plus $500 in the engineering (mechanics) category.
Matthew told the WCSIM website that “the experience has changed my life”, and chief executive of Young Engineers Rod Edwards added:
All of us at Young Engineers are absolutely delighted at Matthew’s well-earned success at Intel ISEF.
Matthew and (fellow representative) David were extremely privileged to be selected as the only two students from the UK for this incredible event, but they would not have been able to attend without the extremely generous support from the WCSIM.
They both have great potential and will, I’m sure, have successful careers in engineering.
Master of the WCSIM Tony Wilson added:
Many congratulations to Matthew on securing fourth place against tough international competition. His project used technology in an innovative way to address a commercial need.
Matthew will also be offered a Livery apprenticeship worth £500 a year while he studies at university. We will follow his future career with great interest.
Matthew would like to thank Young Engineers and WCSIM for their continued support.