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Simon of handling specialist Penny Hydraulics wins Young Design Engineer of the Year at British Engineering Excellence Awards 2012

Simon Pykett from load handling specialist Penny Hydraulics has won the Young Design Engineer of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards 2012. Simon won the award after impressing the judges with his achievements in designing and managing a number of projects and installations for the nuclear industry. These included specialist equipment for handling fuel element debris and other waste materials during decommissioning of nuclear power stations.

Through this work Simon has helped the nuclear division of Penny Hydraulics to secure additional contracts and grow significantly over the past two years. In each case Simon led the in-house design team to deliver innovative solutions and liaised with customers to ensure the projects met exacting implementation and compliance standards. The judges said that Simon demonstrated "Highly impressive revenue performance in addition to his design skills".

Following a First Class Degree in Engineering Design with German, Simon joined Penny Hydraulics in 2010 through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University. The University is close to the Penny Hydraulics factory in Derbyshire and Simon has completed a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management and Prince 2 project management certification.

"We’re excited and pleased that Simon has received this national recognition," says Richard Short, Sales Director at Penny Hydraulics. "He’s brought in revenues totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds and enabled us to grow our presence in a highly specialised sector very successfully."

Simon has recently been seconded to Magnox to provide specialist support for a number of projects involving the handling and storage of nuclear materials. This has included development of a unique sortation device for retrieving fuel element debris. It is believed that these projects have saved over half a million pounds for the nuclear company.

The British Engineering Excellence Awards were presented at a special luncheon in London on Thursday 25 October.

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