Department of Materials


8 Jun 2017

Materials Student Wins Enterprise Award

Beth Walker-Smith

Working in the area of Industrial Efficiency, Beth achieved excellent feedback from the Departmental Manager.

Collecting and analysing production data to determine inefficiencies, Beth identified the first-off procedure – the quality testing of early batches at the start of a production run – as an expensive hold-up.

She recommended a cost-effective solution – the purchase of new testing equipment to be implemented as part of the production line – an innovation that would actually introduce significant cost savings.

Having determined these efficiencies, Beth presented her recommendations to a panel of Pirelli UK directors.

Beth contributed to a number of additional assignments, and was a confident and professional ambassador for the company at various events.

She impressed her employers so much; they named her the Pirelli UK Placement Student of the Year.

Beth’s stated, in response to receiving the award:

“My placement at Pirelli was the first in the industrial efficiency sector and it was a challenging but rewarding role. I couldn’t be more pleased or proud of this award. Pirelli really supported me for my year in industry which along with my university support made it one of the best years of my life. This award just tips off an amazing experience for me.”

To see a short video on Beth’s placement at Pirelli, please follow this link:

The Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Professor Chris Reilly had this to say in regard to Beth’s achievement:

“Very many congratulations on your award.  It is great to see students from the school representing us so well on their placement years and then getting recognition through the enterprise awards.”

Everyone in the School of AACME joins Chris in congratulating Beth and we all look forward to seeing Beth’s achievements over the coming years.