TOP STUDENT AWARD FOR ENGINEER LAURA
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