NCC graduate research engineer wins composites industry award

30th October 2019

A graduate research engineer from the NCC (National Composites Centre) has won an award from the Composites UK 2019 industry awards. 

Nia Jones scooped the Trainee of the Year award, one of eight awards which were presented at the Composites UK annual awards dinner on 30 October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, coinciding with the Advanced Engineering Show. The awards are now in their seventh year and celebrate the achievements of the UK composites industry.

Nia said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have won the Composites UK Trainee of the Year award. Thank you to the NCC for the nomination and constant support and also to Composites UK for hosting such a brilliant event. Throughout this first year on the NCC graduate scheme, I've been provided with a structured training programme consisting of both technical and personal development courses to help me grow into a confident and technically able composite engineer. I’ve really enjoyed gaining this experience and I’m really looking forward to the range of opportunities that lie ahead.”

Within Nia’s first year at the NCC, she has managed a number of Technology Pull-Through projects as well as manufacturing, testing and analysing sustainable composite parts for future use in the automotive sector. As a graduate from the University of Sheffield’s Materials and Engineering MEng course, Nia gained a real interest in light-weighting technologies and applied to the NCC for the opportunity to be at the forefront of composites research.

Katy Riddington, Director of NCC Connect, added: “I am delighted to see Nia win this award so early in her career. Her innovative and collaborative style has led to significant improvements across the NCC and she deserves to be recognised for this.”


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