Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng has established a bursary to enable outstanding graduate engineers to study for a full time MSc course in creative engineering at a UK university.

Two bursaries of £5,000 are to be awarded each year to a UK graduate hoping to take their engineering education to the next level.

Alexander Siljanovski

Communications systems specialist Alexander Siljanovski has spent seven years working in the engineering industry.

After graduating with an MEng in Electromechanical Engineering from Southampton University in 2002, he has worked on many projects across the world including the Stonehenge Bypass Tunnel, Delhi Airport Metro and the electrification of Adelaide Rail.

Most recently, Alexander has been a Communications Systems Manager for Halcrow Consultants, tasked with servicing the growing need for communications engineering experience in Malaysia and developing a rail communications engineering team in Kuala Lumpur as part of a regional centre of excellence strategy.

Alexander applied for a Malpas Bursary to study for an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at University College London, to help prepare him for a career of private venture to complement his engineering background.

He said: “My ultimate goal is to create a technology-based business that fulfils my passion for engineering, innovation and creativity; a business that is of benefit to all involved.

“I firmly believe that entrepreneurial ventures should have at their heart a degree of philanthropy and that these types of endeavours are the single best way to make a difference. I feel that my participation and contribution to this course will allow me to learn the tools and hone the skills necessary to create a business any true engineer could be proud of.”

Peter Codling

A Product Design with Technology graduate from Brighton University, Peter Codling most recently worked at 2H Offshore, leading specialists in deep water riser technology in the oil and gas industry. In his three years with the firm, he travelled the world to work on projects in Angola, Norway and the USA, where he was relocated after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

His love for design, inspired by a talk from entrepreneurial design pioneer Yves Behar, led him to apply for the Malpas Bursary to study Innovation Design Engineering, run by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

He said: “That talk was a watershed moment in my life. Behar talked about engineering and design in a different way; how it was the agent for change and how cradle to cradle, regenerative principles could be applied to bring our world back within its natural limits.

“I want my future career to be based around the invention and development of products and systems that drive and support the development of society. I hope this course will leave me in a position to positively affect a great many people’s lives, as well as my own.”

Sir Robert Malpas said: “I am delighted that the bursary has attracted such high level candidates. Congratulations to this year’s winners. I wish all the participants every success in their future careers.”

Sir Robert Malpas Bursary information

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Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng

Sir Robert Malpas, 84, is former co-chairman of Eurotunnel, and has held a host of top City jobs, including boardroom posts with ICI, BP, PowerGen, and BOC. He was chairman of materials group Cookson, which he helped to transform, trebling the company's share price. Seen in the City as a 'safe pair of hands', Sir Robert took over the troubled Eurotunnel operation in 1996.

Sir Robert is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was knighted for services to industry and to science and technology in 1998.

The Royal Academy of Engineering

Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.