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Valentin shortlisted for Engineering Student of the Year Award

Published: 20 May 2009

Valentin Muenzel, Part 2 student in Electromechanical Engineering, has been shortlisted for the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by TargetJobs and npower.

Valentin is one of 10 students to be on the shortlist for the Award for which the prize is £3000. He beat Engineering undergraduates from over 30 leading universities by taking part in a two-stage process. The first part involved an online technical test developed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in which students' knowledge was assessed by a series of technical multiple choice questions followed by open questions looking at issues such as the future of power generation.

The best entrants were then invited to take part in stage two of the award - a structured telephone interview to assess softer skills such as communications. Valentin will attend the prestigious award-ceremony on Thursday 21 May at Grosvenor House in London, where the winner will be announced in front of an audience of 1000 people.

Chris Phillips, publishing director at Group GTI, the organisers of the TARGETjobs Awards, explains: 'This is an exciting new award category in the TARGETjobs Awards 2009 and is designed to find undergraduates who have that something extra – who are academically above average, natural problem-solvers and great communicators. The engineers of the future will be tackling some of the biggest challenges that society faces not least that of sustainable power. The new award is designed to celebrate the talent within this field, bring recognition to the skills needed to excel within the industry and to raise the profile of engineering careers amongst engineering students.'

The winner of the competition will be offered a job with npower. Bob Athwal, Head of graduate schemes at RWE npower is very proud about supporting the award and comments: 'At npower we are looking for the brightest engineering minds to help us meet future energy demands. This competition will allow us to help develop essential skills and competencies for the next generation of talent.'

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