Sebastien Cuvelier Mussalian, senior engineering consultant with Team Consulting
has won the Grand Prix at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) 2013,
recognising his contribution to a number of medical device development projects.
This, the fifth British Engineering Excellence Awards, drew entries from all corners
of the UK's engineering community – ranging from small design consultancies to multinational
organisations operating in a number of different fields.
Winner of both the Design Engineer of the Year category and the overall Grand Prix,
French-born Sebastien Cuvelier Mussalian has worked in the UK since graduating in
2002 with an Honours degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering. He has shown
a strong track record of developing complex products and of leading multi-disciplinary
teams. Latterly, he was lead engineer for the OrganOx liver perfusion system – winner
of the Design Team of the Year Award at last year's BEEAs – and takes the time to
work with schoolchildren to highlight engineering and in student groups in the ‘Engineers
Without Borders' scheme.
He was selected to receive the Grand Prix unanimously by the Judges – the first
time this has happened in BEEAs history.
Chairman of the Judges, Eric Wilkinson, said: "Now in its fifth year, the standard
of entries to the BEEAs continues to improve. Through every category, the judges
have been deeply impressed by the quality of engineering put forward and the talent
behind it. From large companies to small, all the entries have found that the deployment
of engineering excellence, backed up by hard work and imagination, has enabled them
to compete on the world stage. As we emerge from what has been a tough few years
for the economy, all of our entrants have the right groundwork in place to kick
on and take advantage of an ever more dynamic world market. My personal congratulations
go to all those entrants that were short-listed and of course to the eventual winners."
The Judges faced a hard task in identifying the Young Design Engineer of the Year,
where five strong entries ensured a long discussion. But Jack Bolton of Selex ES
won the day. Jack's entry showed a willingness to acquire new skills – often by
teaching himself. He is engaged with the engineering community and constantly pushes
and promotes engineering inside and outside his job. He is a member of the Chelmsford
Science and Engineering Society and is president of its younger branch, Future Engineers
and Scientists. He is, as the Judges agreed, an outstanding entrant in the most
fiercely competitive category. The Judges also awarded Highly Commended in this
category to Rosie Linehan and Adam Malpass.
Once again, BEEAs entries came from a wide range of industries, showing the strength
and depth of UK design engineering, but it was evidence of the human touch which
stood out amongst the winners. ByteSnap Design took the honours in the Consultancy
of the Year category thanks to the way it maintains a competitive position in its
market through training, development and recruitment. ‘Great technology that works
well, is easy to use and meets customers' needs' is the simple philosophy that led
to Oxford Digital being awarded Small Company of the Year.
An ambitious project that overcame the obstacles of developing a large format, ruggedised,
touchscreen interface won Zytronic the Design Team of the Year award, while an integrated
solution which reduces the complexity and eases development of intelligent display
systems saw FTDI Chip take the honours in the Product of the Year (Electronic) category
for its FT800 device.
The environment played a significant role in a number of entries this year. Napak
Plastics was awarded Green Product of the Year thanks to its work on cutting the
amount of plastic needed for milk bottles and increasing their recycled content.
Winner of the Start Up of the Year, Versarien is focused on advanced materials that
are capable of having a game changing impact on a variety of industry sectors. By
taking inspiration from nature, the company has been able to bring an innovative,
high performance thermal interface material to market.
When it came to New Product of the Year (Mechanical), the vast scale of the winning
Fugro Seacore WaveWalker project was the first thing to impress the Judges. WaveWalker
is a ‘Walking' jackup barge (self-elevating work platform – SEWP). The target market
is any marine work operation which requires deployment of an SEWP, where operation
with traditional SEWPs is uneconomic due to prevailing local swell and/or weather
conditions. Materials Application of the Year was won by Sensor Coating Systems,
a spin-off from research undertaken at Imperial College. Its technology, based on
oxide ceramics, enables accurate temperature detection, corrosion and erosion monitoring
and life time predictions on industrial components.
Ed Tranter, executive director of Awards organiser, Findlay Media, said: "With the
constant emphasis from the government on rebalancing the economy, British engineering
has never been more important. So it has been hugely encouraging to see another
year with record numbers of high quality entries for the British Engineering Excellence
Awards, clearly demonstrating that the UK remains at the forefront of engineering
innovation and has an extremely bright future."