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05 October 2018

Winner of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Donald Maxwell Award 2018 Announced!

Michael Leat, a student at the University of Southampton, was awarded this year’s Donald Maxwell Award at the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) AGM Luncheon.

The award is given for the best third year degree project from a UK resident student undertaking their study on a degree accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Donald Maxwell AwardMichael received a cheque for £500 and his certificate from the Chairman of the SMI Board Mr Russell Gould. 

Mr Gould said:

“SMI is delighted to be supporting young engineers as they progress with their studies.  Michael’s dissertation was right up to date, identifying the increased use of autonomy in improving the efficiency of seabed mapping.  The judges were impressed by his perceptive analysis of the topic in question and its practical relevance”

Judging was undertaken by SMI Board member Mr Terry Sloane, Managing Director of Planet Ocean, Mr Kevin McLeod RCNC, Maritime Engineering Director of BAE Systems and Mr Duncan Cunningham FIMarEST, SMI Honorary Member. Michael’s paper most impressed the judges and was on the topic of “Analysis of measurement uncertainty in high-resolution laser-scanned bathymetric measurements of seafloor topology using an autonomous underwater vehicle.”


About the Donald Maxwell Award
Donald Maxwell was the first Secretary and Director of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) predecessor organisation the British Marine Equipment Council.  Following his death in 1978, the Donald Maxwell award fund was created and in 1989 the funds were transferred to the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for administration. 

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