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Two of Tata Steel UK’s up and coming steel heroes have been nominated for the “Rising Star” in the 2023 Wales STEM Awards to be hosted in Cardiff in October.
Project Engineer, Nick Rogers, and Environment & Energy Placement student, Vignesh Ramesh, have been put forward for their outstanding contribution to the steel industry in Wales.
Talking about Vignesh’s contribution, Environmental Process Specialist, Jamie Barrett, said: “Vignesh is an emerging talent within the STEM sector. Throughout his placement year he has continued to exceed our expectations both in terms of his technical ability and his stakeholder management and communication skills.
“He has made a profound impact on the way the process effluent system at Llanwern is managed reducing our impact on the environment. During his time with us, he has displayed all the skills you would expect from a rising star in STEM including problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and curiosity, as well as logical-mathematical skills.
"During his time with us, Vignesh has displayed all the skills you would expect from a rising star in STEM"
It was Process Technology Lead Decarbonisation, Richie Hart, who nominated Nick Rogers, saying: “Nick has been involved in projects in Shotton in North Wales, Trostre in South Wales and Surahammer in Sweden, developing his portfolio of experience for chartership of Institute of Chemical Engineering.
“More recently, he has worked in Port Talbot focussing on decarbonisation, particularly the steps required to increase recycled content in our steel while maintaining product quality and process stability.
“Through his hard work and application he is now the Tata Steel lead on a £10m innovation project involving four partners regularly running trials of 500 tonnes of recycled product through a live production environment.
"Through his hard work and application Nick is now the Tata Steel lead on a £10m innovation project"
“Throughout these projects it has been Nick’s perseverance to overcome obstacles, his methodical data driven approach, but most importantly his ability to come as a new entrant to a complicated multifunctional team and to bring them together to accept a change in process that has yielded significant financial rewards to the business.”
The awards organisers said: “All the finalists have been shortlisted for their dedication towards making a difference to, and championing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) in Wales.
“The awards shine a spotlight on those leading the sector in Wales, including those creating an impact on the Welsh economy, those addressing the STEM diversity gap and skills shortage, and those inspiring and raising aspirations of the next generation.
The finalists across the 13 categories will now be considered by an industry-leading panel of judges, with the winners being announced at the awards ceremony at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel on 13th October 2023.
Good luck Nick and Vignesh!
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