Memsie student celebrates industry prize

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A MEMSIE student is celebrating after receiving a prestigious industry accolade.

Andrew James Watt (19), a second-year BSc (Hons) Computing Science student at Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing won the Year 2 ConocoPhillips prize for academic excellence at the school’s end of year prizegiving last month.

He was presented with a certificate and cheque for £250 by Robin Walker, the company’s European network services manager and Paul Norwood, technical applications and data services supervisor, at a reception attended by his fellow students and School of Computing academics.

Andrew recently embarked on a year-long industrial placement as a student engineer with CSE Controls Ltd, a market-leading integrated control solutions provider for the oil, gas, power and utilities industries, based at the Bridge of Don in Aberdeen.

Commenting, Andrew said: “My studies have given me transferrable knowledge which means I can take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to my work placement.

The strong links the School has with the IT industry, professional bodies such as the British Computer Society, as well as the local oil and gas sector means that we are well-equipped with the right skills.

“The Computing Science course is very diverse, comprising a blend of software and hardware components to give us the correct knowledge to develop sophisticated computer systems in our future careers.”

Andrew will commence the third-year of his course in September 2012 after his placement.