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For a second consecutive year, one of the world's leading engineering and electronics companies, Siemens, has recognised an Ulster University graduate for his talents in 3D computer aided design (CAD).

Ross Bickerstaff, who graduates with a first class honours degree in clean technology, beat stiff global competition with his advanced design of a cordless hedge trimmer. The Siemens competition is designed to celebrate the CAD skills of university students and enhance their understanding of the product development process.

He said: "Winning this international award is a huge achievement and has really topped off my university experience. I have always been intrigued about how and why things work they way they do, so a career in engineering was the obvious choice.

"While studying at Ulster University, I undertook a year-long placement at Caterpillar NI as an electrical engineer. This was a great opportunity to use the knowledge from my course and apply it in a commercial environment. Everyday throughout my placement, I developed 3D models using CAD and this really helped to fine-tune my skills.

"I have just secured a job with one of the UK's top energy suppliers, E.ON, and will be part of the design and construction team responsible for a new offshore wind turbine site. I will be putting my CAD skills to good use throughout the site planning stage and I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my life."