Award for outstanding Huntingdon engineering student

A talented engineering student is celebrating a hat-trick of success – winning an award for excellence, being offered a new job and becoming a father for the first time.

Alex Carpel, a higher education student at Cambridge Regional College’s Huntingdon campus, won the Institution of Engineering and Technology Award in the same month he had a baby daughter and was offered a job working in a new engineering role.

Alex Carpelreceives his award from Mick Ross of the IET P&H Network

The 30 year-old was named top student on the Higher National Certificate course in engineering studies and presented with the award by the IET Peterborough and Huntingdon network.

Paul Breheny, Director of engineering and STEAM subjects at CRC, said Alex was an outstanding student who was a deserving winner of the award.

“All Alex’s tutors agreed that he was the most suitable recipient of the award for excellence presented by the IET. He was the most determined student of the year and remained focused throughout the course, producing exceptional work – all while preparing for a young family,” he said.

“He has had an amazing month, winning the award, becoming a father for the first time, and being offered a great new job.”

Alex said: “The HNC course was very good and it was a real honour to receive the award – it’s been a great month.”

Alex was presented with the IET P&H Network Award for Excellence in Engineering 2017 by Mick Ross, treasurer of the IET for Peterborough and Huntingdon, which has provided the award – worth £250 – since 2006.

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