Engineer wins top accolades for his efforts

Stephen celebrates at the statue of James Watt on his graduation day  from Heriot Watt University
Stephen celebrates at the statue of James Watt on his graduation day from Heriot Watt University

A young engineer has proved that growing up in a so-called deprived area is no hindrance to achieving your goals and becoming a success.

Stephen Welsh from Bainsford is the second person to complete a five-year Engineer of the Future training programme through Dunfermline firm FMC Technologies, which provides services for the oil and gas industry.

The former Langlees primary and Falkirk High School pupil did a condensed Modern Apprenticeship with three years study at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University.

The 22-year-old graduated with a distinction in his Masters degree in mechanical engineering as well as picking up two prestigious prizes for his course work.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) presented him with its Project Award, an annual prize given to an engineering undergraduate in their final year at a university who completes an outstanding research, development or design project in mechanical engineering. He also gained the BP Prize for the design of his group project.

Stephen, who used to play for Stenhousemuir FC’s under-19 side, said: “I’m really proud to have achieved these awards. I saw an article recently that said Bainsford and Langlees were deprived areas but coming from here just spurred me on.”

Peter Finegold of the IMechE said: “Stephen’s success with his outstanding piece of research on subsea energy absorption demonstrates his ability to apply his knowledge to tackle a key industrial challenge.”