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UEL engineering student wins award for ‘academic ability, personality and initiative’

Braiden Zhawi honoured for his leadership qualities after being nominated by his course leader

The outstanding qualities of University of East London (UEL) engineering student Braiden Zhawi have been recognised with the announcement that he has won the 2016 Cadzow Smith Engineering Award.

The award, given by the Worshipful Company of Engineers, a City of London livery company, is made each year to an outstanding engineering student who demonstrates promising leadership potential.

Braiden commented: “I was extremely elated when I found out that I’d won. I was already humbled by my nomination.

“UEL gave me a chance, and I learnt to work with a diverse range of people, which is an extremely important skill in the real world.”

Norman Dawson, the Cadzow Smith Award Coordinator, congratulated Braiden for beating off stiff competition from five other contenders to be chosen as this year’s winner, with judges picking him for his outstanding academic ability, personality and initiative.

He was nominated for the award by his lecturer, Sarah Catmur, who is the course leader for the BEng Engineering degree at UEL. 

She said, “When the head of engineering asked me to nominate one of our students for the Cadzow Smith Award, Braiden was an obvious choice.

“I’ve known him since he started at UEL and became aware of Braiden’s involvement in charity fundraising when he told me he would be cycling from London to Paris to raise funds for the charity Shelter.

“He was also an officer cadet in the University Officer Training Corps, specialising in fostering leadership and management. It was here that Braiden also became involved in a number of ‘hands on’ engineering projects.”

Braiden’s advice to students is to study hard and always return assignments on time – but schedule in some fun activities as well.

“Take part in extra-curricular activities which contribute to your personal development, and hang around with people smarter than you,” he added. 

Braiden will receive a prize cheque for £2,500, a commemorative medal and a certificate presented by the Master of the company at an awards livery dinner to be held at The Royal College of Surgeons on July 19.