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AN aero­nau­ti­cal engi­neer­ing stu­dent who grew up in Den­ham and at­tended Dr Chal­loner’s High School tri­umphed in the fi­nal of Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity’s Stu­dent Place­ment Awards on Thurs­day last week.

Laura Web­ber was an­nounced as the win­ner of the competition af­ter spend­ing a year work­ing as an aero­dy­nam­i­cist with the Mercedes AMG Petronas For­mula One Team on place­ment.

The awards cer­e­mony was held on Thurs­day night fol­low­ing a pub­lic vote that ended on June 14.

As part of her Masters De­gree in Aero­nau­ti­cal Engi­neer­ing at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, Laura joined the Aero­dy­nam­ics depart­ment at Mercedes AMG Petronas For­mula One Team, and es­tab­lished her­self as a valu­able part of the front of car devel­op­ment group.

As well as work­ing on ve­hi­cle devel­op­ment, Laura also spent time in the Race Sup­port Room, sup­port­ing track­side ac­tiv­i­ties. She made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the 2015 World Cham­pi­onship win­ning car - the Mercedes F1 W06 Hy­brid.

To­day (June 23) is Women in Engi­neer­ing Day and Laura is keen to pro­mote engi­neer­ing as a ca­reer path for women. She will be tak­ing up a per­ma­nent role with the Mercedes AMG Petronas For­mula One team af­ter graduation.

She said: “I had an amaz­ing time on place­ment work­ing along­side the talented en­gi­neers within the Aero­dy­nam­ics Depart­ment. I loved be­ing able to come up with con­cepts, test them on the wind tun­nel model and if they were good enough, see them out on the cars dur­ing a race.

“It was a real priv­i­lege to be able to con­trib­ute to the de­sign of the 2014 and 2015 cham­pi­onship win­ning cars and I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting stuck back in with the team when I grad­u­ate.”

Fast track to suc­cess: Laura Web­ber with Pier­luigi Orsi and Jack Vino from the Mercedes AMG Petronas For­mula One team

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