LRET helps fund the ship designers of tomorrow

LRET helps fund the ship designers of tomorrow

A rising star in the world of environmentally conscious ship design has been awarded a 10,000 scholarship by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET).

Maggie Hayes, an MSc student studying Naval Architecture at UCL Mechanical Engineering, was presented with the award today by Michael Franklin, Director of The LRET.

In 2000, The LRET generously committed to provide an annual ship design scholarship to a UCL student on the MSc course in Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering. Awarded on academic merit, the funds initially go towards course fees, with the remainder paid directly to the student.

This year’s scholarship marks the final award by The LRET through this scheme, and it is fitting that it has been made to a scholar whose vision for ship design is firmly set on the future.

Maggie, who completed her undergraduate studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, USA, before moving to UCL for her graduate programme, described herself as being ‘incredibly honoured to receive this scholarship, because I know how stiff the competition was’. The focus of Maggie’s work over the coming months will be designing an environmentally friendly cruise ship to counter the poor image often associated with the vessels and industry.

Michael Franklin, Director of The LRET, said: ‘One of The LRET’s objectives is to help fund engineering education through selected universities around the world. We work with UCL to provide an annual scholarship for an outstanding student in maritime technology. We want to do what we can to encourage him or her to become one of tomorrow‘s leaders in this field.’

The award was given during a day of presentations from the Ship Design Exercise, an activity undertaken by small teams of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students as part of their MSc courses. Following a customer’s outline requirements, the teams design ships using a suite of preliminary design computer programs. More detailed design work is then carried out with a specialised computer-aided design program for ships (PARAMARINE).

Dr Richard Bucknall, who chairs UCL‘s Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Selection Board, said: ?The LRET Scholarship offers a great opportunity for Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering MSc students to study on prestigious masters courses at UCL. Students who receive The LRET Scholarship are outstanding scholars chosen for their commitment and endeavour and who are judged likely to make a significant contribution to the field in the years ahead. Maggie Hayes is an outstanding student who has a strong academic record as an undergraduate at Stevens Institute of Technology, and impressed us enormously with her focus on environmental shipping issues.