Tanya Budd (18) from Winnersh in Berkshire has been named as the winner of the United States Coast Guard award for boating and water safety at the Intel sponsored International Science and Engineering Fair last Friday in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tanya, who was invited to the event having become Young Engineer for Britain last September, won $5,000 in prize money for her ‘Hypo Hoist’ device, which enables sailors, who have fallen overboard and may be suffering from hypothermia to be safely retrieved from the water.

Just prior to leaving for America to gain her latest and greatest achievement, Tanya was the winner of two Isambard Brunel Awards and she has been invited to be a speaker at the Brunel celebrations in Bristol in July. Her device has already been snapped up by Isle of Wight manufacturer SeaSafe Ltd and will be launched on the market in June and featured at the Southampton Boat Show in September. She has also won a scholarship to Brunel University to read engineering.

After arriving back in the UK this weekend, Tanya said, “This was an awesome occasion with 1500 contestants from 47 different countries and all the US states. I was absolutely stunned to have won this award and nearly cried when I was called to the stage. Apparently it is really unusual for someone outside the US to be given a Government prize at this event. I never dreamed when I entered Young Engineer for Britain last year that it would lead to so much. As if winning that title was not reward enough, my device is now being manufactured, I have a place at university, I’ve won two Brunel awards and now, the ISEF Award. I’m so pleased that I decided to take up engineering for a career, it is so exciting and I feel like I have an amazing opportunity with my life.”

In addition to her US Governmental Award, Tanya received another $500 for being placed 4th in the engineering category of the ISEF Grand Awards at the event.

Notes for editors

  1. Young Engineers is the UK network of engineering clubs for youngsters and is part of The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Best Programme. Young Engineers is a UK educational charity whose purpose is to inspire young people to recognise the importance and excitement of a career in engineering. The organization runs the annual Young Engineers for Britain and Young Electronic Designer Award (YEDA) competitions and a programme of engineering challenges to excite young people about engineering and to inspire innovation and enterprise. Most clubs are run by teachers as extra-curricula activities in schools.
  2. The Best Programme is The Royal Academy of Engineering’s programme of schemes aimed at encouraging and enthusing students to embark upon a career in engineering. ‘Best’ stands for ‘Better Engineering Science, Technology’ and the programme offers young people from the age of 7 upwards opportunities to gain an understanding of engineering and its importance in the world around us.
  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country and just last year launched the ‘Shape the Future’ campaign. The RAEng’s fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for its activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, the RAEng provides independent and impartial advice to Government; works to secure the next generation of engineers; and provides a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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