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Loughborough University helps find India’s engineers of the future

Aspiring engineers from across India have shown their skills to international experts at pair of competitions held in Chennai and Bangalore.

The Gordon Lucas Engineering Competition challenged young students to design and build an automated electronic car in groups. Each vehicle was tested on a specially designed track.

The competition was co-hosted by Loughborough University (UK) and India’s leading global education company The Chopras as part of The Chopras International Engineering Education Exhibition (GEI).

The competition provided some of India’s most promising young engineers with the opportunity to prove their potential to engineering professionals from around the world.

Judged by a panel of international experts, the Chennai competition saw a group of four students from St Joseph’s College of Engineering (linked to the Anna University), The Tiny Troopers, win the Rs.50,000 prize along with a trophy and winners’ certificate.

The winning team in Bangalore, The Avengers, were made up of six students from AMC Engineering College (affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technical University, Belgaum).

Runners up from both heats won Rs.30,000 and all competing students received a personalised congratulatory letter from Loughborough University.

Dr Thomas Steffen, Lecturer in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, said: “I was really impressed with the high technical standard that all teams have demonstrated and I was particularly taken by the enthusiasm for creative engineering.”

The competition, titled The Gordon Lucas Engineering Competition, is affiliated with the work of retired professor, Gordon Lucas, Chair in Automotive Engineering and, designer of the MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering course at Loughborough University. It took place in Chennai and Bangalore from 21-22 May.