The LAMMA Show and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) have once again partnered up to announce the 2023 Young Engineer Award, showcasing young engineers whose work helps UK farms be more sustainable and profitable.
"Our roots lie in championing the best of British agricultural engineering, and this is still closely aligned with LAMMA's mission today," explains Nichola Bell, Head of Events at Agriconnect. "The Young Engineer Award gives us the opportunity to identify promising young talent in the sector and, in doing so, we aim to provide them with opportunities to further their careers."
Last year's winner was Stephen Davies, who will return to LAMMA 2023 as an exhibitor with his DTec 200 feeding and mixing bucket.
Winning the 2022 Young Engineer Award gave him confidence and led to inquiries about the product, says Stephen. ""I would definitely recommend that others enter the award," he explains. "It showed me I was on the right path and made the right decision to launch my own business and continue working on the DTec 200. I received a lot of messages and calls from people congratulating me, as well as expressing interest in the bucket."
Exhibiting at LAMMA will be another major step for Stephen's business. "It is really important for me to be there to show people the updates and get a wider picture of what farmers think of the DTec 200," he explains. "There is always a big pool of farmers from across the country at LAMMA, and it will be great to hear what they think and hopefully set up some future demonstrations.
"It is important to keep in front of your customers, and LAMMA is one of the very best shows to do that. I'm a bit nervous but it feels quite an achievement, and as a British manufacturer it is important to be there.
The LAMMA Young Engineer Award showcases engineers who have created or made changes to a piece of agricultural machinery, equipment or technology and, by doing so, improved efficiency, profitability or sustainability on-farm. Eligible entries can include:
· Products that have been designed and fully manufactured
· Prototypes in development
· Concepts in the initial stages of development
· Existing products that have been modified, providing they have substantially improved the efficiency, productivity and/or sustainability of the product.
Those interested can find more details and the application form go to https://www.lammashow.com/welcome/young-engineer-award-lamma-2022
and at LAMMAshow.com. Entry is free, both individuals and companies are eligible to apply, and the award is open to engineers 35 years of age and under as of 1st January 2023.
The deadline for entries is 18th November 2022 and judges will determine the shortlist put to the public vote at www.LAMMAshow.copm from 2nd December. The winner will be determined by a combination of judges' scores and public voting results and will be announced at the LAMMA Show in January 2023.