Global Final 2017
The IET PATW 2017 global final took place at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Five finalists representing the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), South Asia and the United Kingdom all presented to an audience and a panel of judges.
A big congratulations to the PATW 2017 winner Shubham Saraff from South Asia Region. His presentation was fascinating and presentation skills were excellent, a well deserved winner who was up against some very strong competition. Zara Shafique from EMEA Region was our runner up, also a great and exciting presentation.
All finalists did extremely well to reach the global final, each presentation was unique and extremely interesting. We wish them the best of luck for the future.
The 2017 Finalists
Rohullah Latif - Americas Region
Presentation title: Regenerative Medicine: Restoring Hope
Rohullah is from Afghanistan and came to the USA when he was 11 years old, unable to speak a word of English.
Between 2013-14, he served as the Student Body President of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), which required managing a population of around 38,000 students and a budget of over $15 million. Rohullah now holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSUF (spring 2014) and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (spring 2017).
Rohullah is an entrepreneur, having launched multiple companies and published two books. He is currently working as an engineer at Edwards Life Sciences, serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for CSUF, and is the youngest advisor to the Chief of Police in Fullerton.
Rovik Olsen – Asia Pacific Region
Presentation title: Omega, The Autonomous Robot
Rovik is now in his fourth year of studying a degree in Mechatronics Engineering and Motorsports at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He has an absolute passion for product design and robotics.
Choosing a career pathway in engineering has given Rovik many opportunities to participate in various robotics, Formulae SAE motorsports and communications projects, which have been incredibly enriching learning experiences.
Once he’s graduated, Rovik hopes to use his skills to help solve the next generation’s problems and is very excited for prospects of massive innovation within his lifetime.
Alex Pickering – UK Region
Presentation title: The crash of the SMILER: What went wrong?
Alex graduated from Brunel University in 2015 with a first class master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She was awarded the Bishop’s Memorial Prize for exemplary academic performance and contributions to the University’s Women in Engineering society.
During her degree she was sponsored by Crown Packaging and worked in factories making more than nine million food and drinks cans a day. She also worked for Griffon Hoverwork, designing Hovercraft for the South Korean Navy, Auckland Airport and the Isle of Wight Hovertravel.
After graduation, Alex joined Babcock International’s graduate scheme at Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth. After placements working on HMS Ocean, HMS Talent and HMS Bulwark, she now works within the Submarine Support department, planning and developing the work package for laying-up Trafalgar-class submarines.
Passionate about encouraging young people to take an interest in STEM, Alex has helped to develop an annual Plymouth Cardboard Boat Race, hosted by her local IMECHE committee.
Shubham Saraff – South Asia Region
Presentation title: Neurons that Shaped Us
Shubham is currently studying a degree in Computer Science Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology. His specialist subject is Bioinformatics.
Deeply passionate about making a positive societal impact in his country and globally, Shubham has established himself as a young tech entrepreneur. He has set up a unique start-up to help redefine the security ecosystem of any nation through efficient use of digital technology.
As well as receiving numerous awards for his academic and entrepreneurial achievements, Shubham has been Founder and Charter President at Interact, the Youth Wing of Rotary International at Mumbai.
After graduating, Shubham is keen to gain access to global thought leadership and pursue a Master’s degree at an Ivy college.
Zara Shafique – EMEA Region
Presentation title: Discovering Quasars
Zara is a Project Manager at Rah-e-Qamar, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of space technology in Pakistan, by hosting public lectures and outreach activities.
As a child, Zara was greatly affected by an earthquake which hit her home city, Muzaffarabad, in 2005. Her house was destroyed and she lost friends and loved ones. This spurred her, throughout school and college, to work with various organisations on social action projects including relief campaigns for flood victims and internally displaced persons, The Child Protection Bill and AJK Youth Policy. She currently volunteers at The Planetary Society, The Citizen Foundation and Critters and Arks Welfare Organization.
In August 2017, Zara completed her undergraduate degree with honours in Space Sciences, also receiving awards for her final year project and a research paper she co-authored on quasars. She now dreams of a career at NASA.
Please register online to attend the PATW global final at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony 2017.