MK Community Foundation
were thrilled to present our annual Adams Engineering Prize of £2,000 to our winner Karl O'Brien at the MK College Students of the Year Awards.
Karl, 22, initially began studying mechanical engineering at Northampton College, after securing an apprenticeship with Rexson Systems. He is currently studying his Higher National Certificate in mechanical engineering at MK College - a challenging course but a great fit for his interests, skills and aspirations to pursue a career in engineering design.
His entry for the 2016 MK Community Foundation Adams Engineering Prize was a meticulously planned and well developed device that greatly impressed the judging panel, both in terms of his process and attention to detail as well as the outstanding quality of the final design.
Karl has also painstakingly built a prototype of the device, with careful attention to costings, in order to best position the prototype to be further developed and taken to the marketplace. Karl demonstrated great initiative and imagination with his entry, impressing all of the judges with his thorough and careful approach to developing his design as well as his excellent presenting skills.
"The invention is something he discovered a need for at work and after doing market research, found that no one was offering a product that could meet this specific industrial equipment need. So he took it upon himself to design this piece of equipment from scratch. His prototype was so impressive that when he showed it to some relevant manufacturers, they all expressed an interest in producing it, so we’ve got high hopes that this one will go far. He’s a very impressive young man!" Bart Gamber, Director of Programmes
We're so pleased to be supporting Karl in his passion for engineering and look forward to seeing where this will take him in his very promising career.