Date of release: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Blandine DesportesA passion for the engineering behind the world speed record-breaking Maglev trains has earned a Greenwich student high praise.

Blandine Desportes wowed judges in the finals of a Speak Out for Engineering competition organised by the Kent branch of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The four finalists, two students from the University of Greenwich and two industry engineers, were judged on their abilities to communicate different aspects of engineering and engage an audience.

Blandine, from Greenwich's Faculty of Engineering & Science, was awarded £200 by the judging panel which included senior engineers from industry. She was pipped to the top prize of £300 by Lucy Harden, of BAE Systems.

Dr Hafid Belaidi, the university's Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, says: "We were very proud that two engineering students from our Medway Campus – Blandine and Ambrose Akpoyomare – were selected as finalists in this year's IMechE competition.

"Blandine is spending a year with us studying engineering as part of her five-year degree programme at the Catholic University of Lille."

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Picture: Blandine with IMechE Kent branch chairman Dr Khosru Rahman, of BAE Systems.