Date of release: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Steven CollinsThe prestigious 2015 Honeywell prize, awarded by the Fortune 100 company to promote outstanding student talent, has gone to Steven Collins, a Greenwich engineering graduate.

Steven, who graduated from the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science last year, was recognised for the computer system he developed for his final-year project.

The system automatically monitors and controls large-scale heat and power plants electronically to ensure they are working efficiently and give early warnings of any performance or technical problems.

Steven was also rated as the top achieving student during his BEng (Hons) degree in Control and Instrumentation, which he studied at the Medway Campus.

The Honeywell prize is presented annually by the organisation, which is dedicated to taking on challenges presented by science and technology. It identifies outstanding talent within the London area at the universities of Greenwich, Reading, Kent and City University.

Dr Robert Jenner, Greenwich's Principal Lecturer in Engineering Systems, says: "Steven was the first person at the university to develop a virtual SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system for a large industrial plant using the National Instruments LabVIEW computer software package.

"Steven's work on this system, and throughout his programme, was outstanding and winning the Honeywell award is a great achievement which will stand him in good stead throughout his career."

Since graduating last year, Steven has used his project skills to develop a bespoke SCADA system for a company in Oxford.

To find out more about studying at the University of Greenwich's Faculty of Engineering & Science, go to http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci or call 020 8331 9000.

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Caption: Steven Collins