Posted on Thursday 26 August 2010 by Ulster Business

Dr Mark Sweeney of FG Wilson, students Peter Mathews and Lisa Davison, Dick Elsden, Caterpillar (UK) Ltd, student Aislinn McGinn and Professor Fleck

Seventeen Queen’s University engineering students are the first to benefit from a unique new partnership with local company FG Wilson.

The students, from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, have been awarded FG Wilson Caterpillar Scholarships for academic excellence in mechanical engineering. At a recent ceremony in the University, students received a certificate and a cheque for £1,000 from Dr Mark Sweeney, Managing Director of FG Wilson and Dick Elsden, Caterpillar (UK) Ltd’s Director of Government Affairs. The FG Wilson Caterpillar Scholarships will not only provide financial support, but will also offer mentoring opportunities and work placements, providing the students with the best possible chance of achieving their full academic potential. Dr Mark Sweeney, Managing Director of FG Wilson, said that a workforce with STEM (science, engineering, technology and mathematics) qualifications is vital for the sustained growth of Northern Ireland’s economy. He added: “To enable FG Wilson to remain a world leader in the manufacture of generator sets into the future, we require access to high calibre STEM graduates into the long-term. We are therefore pleased to support these scholarships, which will help to ensure a workforce of STEM qualified graduates for many years to come.” Professor Robert Fleck, Head of Queen’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said: “We are very grateful for the growing support and successful partnership we have with FG Wilson and the Caterpillar Foundation, which is providing these students with an outstanding opportunity for learning and development.”

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