Graduate picks up Salters’ Institute Award

Dr Andy Stapley and Matthew Samson at the Salters' Institute Awards. Matthew is holding a certificate.

Dr Andy Stapley and Matthew Samson at the Salters' Institute Graduate Awards

Chemical Engineering MEng graduate Matthew Samson has been awarded a Salters’ Institute Graduate Award.

Matthew, who graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree, was named one of five winners of the award in chemical engineering for 2022, recognising graduates who have the potential to become leaders in their field.

The Salters’ Institute Graduate Awards celebrate the achievements of chemistry and chemical engineering undergraduates. Award winners are people who show passion, skills and motivation to lead and shape the UK chemical or related sectors, an ability to communicate and motivate others, and show some knowledge of the current chemical industry and the need for future innovation.

Candidates are nominated by their university and those shortlisted are interviewed by a panel of academics and industry figures. Winners are selected on their ability to demonstrate that they can occupy a leading position in public life, either by employment in the industry, or related industries.

Matthew is now working for a year for Hawk-Eye Innovations as a Tennis Systems Operator, bringing his engineering skills to the sporting world. He has visited Melbourne this month for the Australian Open.

During his placement year he worked at ExxonMobil as an Optimisation Development Engineer, and he will be returning to work for Exxon-Mobil as a Graduate Engineer next year.

We asked him what it means to be recognised with this award:

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from Salters’ Institute recognising my hard work throughout my degree and placement.

“I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me through this journey as well as the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough who have shaped me into the person I am today. 

“I look forward to rejoining the Chemicals Industry later this year where I can begin making my own positive impact on our future.”

The Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough, Dr Andy Stapley, was pleased to accompany Matthew to the awards ceremony late last year and to see his former student collect such a prestigious award.

Andy said:

“It was fantastic to see Matthew pick up this award, which recognises his all-round abilities as an engineer. I am very proud to say that he continues a long run of success for Loughborough chemical engineers who have won this award 23 times in the past 29 years”.

Congratulations, Matthew.