ARC wins 2019 Rogers Knight Award

Published:  11 February, 2020

At the end of last year, during the annual British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) gathering, BCAS President Jason Morgan and Primary Engineer UK Director Chris Rochester announced the recipient of the BCAS Primary Engineer Rogers Knight Award for 2019 at The Savoy in London.

The Award is presented each year to an engineering professional in recognition of the impact they have had, working with pupils and teachers as part of the Primary Engineer programmes. Open to all teachers across the UK, to nominate their partner engineer, the Rogers Knight Award receives hundreds of entries from which the BCAS Board select one winner. This year, the standard of entries was exceptional and after a tough deliberation, the Award was presented to Allan Crawford from ARC Ltd nominated by Colette Kilpatrick from St. Nicholas Roman Catholic School in East Lothian - both attended the BCAS Lunch at The Savoy to receive their awards.

Allan Crawford commented: “I was initially surprised as I didn’t know the school had nominated me, but I am very honoured to have won the Award…For me, it was a way to pass on my enthusiasm for engineering to a new generation. Not everyone will want to be an engineer, but I think it is important that anyone, who might consider it, can hear first-hand from someone who understands and enjoys the work.”

Kilpatrick added: “I have to say, my school is delighted that ‘our’ engineer has been chosen to receive the Rogers Knight award. Allan, for many years, has selflessly taken a couple of days out of his busy schedule to visit our school and talk to the children, from P1 right up to P7, about engineering and future careers within engineering for the ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ competition.”

She added: “Engineering and STEM are a major part of our curriculum, but sometimes it can be difficult to show the science and link it to real engineering career opportunities. Allan’s visits help us to achieve this.”

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