Student competition shows how mathematics is used by UK industry

Posted: 22/07/2013

Tom Morrison, a student on a 'Year in Industry' work placement with Delphi Automotive PLC, has been named winner of the 2013 Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) 'Mathematics in Work' competition. Tom won the top prize for writing a piece to show how he had used mathematics in his work.

The FMSP 'Maths in Work' competition challenges students on EDT (Engineering Development Trust) Year in Industry placements to submit exemplars that illustrate how they applied mathematics in their work. The exemplars must convey how school mathematics is used in 'real-life' problems in the workplace. The competition is open to all EDT Year in Industry students and their co-employees throughout the UK and the winning exemplars are used by schools and colleges to give insights to younger students.

Tom Morrison has spent the industrial training year of his Mechanical Engineering degree course working for Delphi, a leading global automotive supplier, at their Diesel Technical Centre based at Gillingham, Kent. He will shortly be returning to the University of Surrey to complete his degree and then progress to a Masters course. Tom's entry explained how he used statistics and linear regression to derive a model to calculate the injection ratio of a diesel fuel injector.

Copies of the winning entry, together with other highly commended entries, will soon be available at the Student Competitions page on the MEI website.

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