Established by the SST’s Corporate Relations & Employability Unit, the Award recognises students who have produced excellent work during their placement year.
Rosen Georgiev (1st place), Michael Fouli (2nd place) and Anjali Patel (3rd place), studying on undergraduate degree programmes in the School of Science and Technology (SST), each received the 2022 Dean’s Award for Professional Excellence (DAPE) from Executive Dean, Professor Rajkumar Roy, on Wednesday, 28th September.
Also present for the presentation of awards were the Heads of Department for Mathematics and Engineering, Professor Mark Broom and Professor Abdulnaser Sayma, respectively.
The DAPE was established by the School's Corporate Relations & Employability Unit (CREU) and seeks to recognise students who have produced excellent work during their placement year.
Studying for a BSc in Computer Science, Rosen Georgiev did his placement at Microsoft, where he worked on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and Microsoft Cybersecurity, as part of the Manufacturing & Resources Security Team. Phillipe Frangie, supervising Rosen, said: “Rosen's motivation to take on challenges go above and beyond, and his passion to learn is contagious. All the certification exams he has passed are a testament to his growth mindset.” While at Microsoft, Rosen achieved 35 Microsoft certifications in 9 months; was awarded the ‘Growth Mindset’ award out of more than 150 employees; and was awarded the Intern of the Month Award, for embracing the ‘One Microsoft’ culture.
Michael Fouli, studying for an MEng in Civil Engineering (With Placement), worked at EDF UK (NNB) (the Hinckley Point C nuclear reactor) as a construction delivery manager on the Unit 2 Reactor Building. His manager, Andy Debney was impressed with his work and stated: “Michael’s management of the large number of key stakeholders present on a complex nuclear project has been excellent.”
Anjali, pursuing a BSc Mathematics with Finance and Economics degree (With Placement), did her placement with RSM. She worked on the detection and prevention of fraud around Government issued COVID-19 business loans, working alongside a variety of major banks and helping them improve their loan processes.
Commenting on the high standard of her work, Sartaj Virdi, Anjali’s supervisor at RSM, said:
“With the project being a significant one for RSM, the opportunity to lead on the banks' review is a substantial achievement and a reflection of the outstanding work and contribution Anjali made. She was given the responsibility ahead of some more senior colleagues and I believe it was her confidence, communication and knowledge developed that made her stand out as a candidate for the role”.
Head of the School’s Corporate Relations & Employability Unit, Mohson Khan, said:
“The DAPE Awards are an annual opportunity to celebrate the success of our winners and all students who have worked hard to secure professional experience and have returned to City equipped for bright futures in their chosen fields”.