Becky Maughan was nominated by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Following her graduation from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Becky joined BAE System’s 18-month Accelerate Graduate Scheme, where she rapidly developed engineering expertise as an Aerodynamicist.  On completing the Accelerate scheme in early 2022, Becky joined the Propulsion Integration team focussing on Intake Air Induction technologies for military aircraft and utilising fundamental theories of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Becky Maughan received her Medal and £1,000 from Warren East, CBE with Master Engineer Raymond Joyce. [image courtesy of Mark Witter Photography]

Becky impressed the judges with her infectious enthusiasm for engineering (and in particular, high performance computing and coding) and also with the way in which she has become authoritative at such an early stage in her career – for example by producing the Design Space Compendium.  This is a guide she developed and authored by herself, which covers the full design space associated with a class of intake, and was produced based on hundreds of dedicated hours of CFD and self-taught coding (Bash, Matlab, Python, etc.).

Her love for coding and engineering was also clearly manifested by her voluntary creation of a digital professional experience record-keeping platform that was adopted by BAE Systems for use by all engineers that are working towards gaining their engineering professional qualifications. Becky is a dynamic, motivated and diligent young engineer who actively and enthusiastically engages with other members of the engineering profession and is driven to rapidly become an engineering leader in the field of highly technical Aerodynamics.

The Baroness Platt of Writtle Award recognises engineering excellence in those who achieved registration as an Incorporated Engineer in the preceding calendar year.  It is named after the late Livery member and Court Assistant Emeritus, The Baroness Platt of Writtle CBE FREng, in recognition of her work in support of the Engineering profession in general and Incorporated Engineers in particular. The Award is funded and managed by the Engineers’ Trust which acknowledges the assistance of the Engineering Council and its partner Professional Engineering Institutions in selecting the winner.

For details of last year’s winner see also Engineering Council Case Study – 2022 Winner Alexandra Keeler

The Worshipful Company of Engineers Charitable Trust (the Engineers Trust) acknowledges excellence in engineering, supports engineering education and research, gives grants and assists in the relief of poverty.