Thales tech winners revealed

Posted on 28 Oct 2010 by The Manufacturer

Thales UK has announced the winners of its third annual Thales Scottish Technology Prize for product engineering.

The winner of the £20,000 first prize went to Dr David Burns and Dr John-Mark Hopkins at the Institute of Photonics at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, for research relating to improvements to eye-safe nanosecond pulse rangefinders. The pair were awarded a personal prize of £2,500.

Second, and £2,000, went to Faiz Rahman from the University of Glasgow with an entry on the subject of a hyperspectral imaging array.

Since the first competition was run in 2008, Thales has engaged in discussions with the winning entrants aimed at allocating funding to projects that will bring their ideas into reality.

Victor Chavez, Thales UK’s Deputy CEO, says: “We are extremely proud to continue to foster the spirit of innovation within the Scottish engineering community. The scope of the competition and its prize fund are truly unique in the history of engineering in Scotland and the results have generated ideas that have an encouraging future. The themes of technology and education are at the heart of what we do as a company, which is why we are so enthusiastic about continuing the Thales Scottish Technology Prize.”

The competition was open to all students and staff attending Scottish universities.

Thales employs more than 700 people in Scotland.

For more information on the winning projects see