UCL student hailed as Future Industry Leader

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Fahad Rage, an engineering student from Walthamstow studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at University College London, has won a Future Industry Leaders Award at a recent ceremony at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.

Having undertaken a ‘Year in Industry’, the work placement programme run by charity EDT (the Engineering Development Trust), Fahad’s work was assessed, along with eight other finalists, by a panel of expert judges.

Undertaking a work placement with electrification specialist Furrer+Frey, Fahad’s initial brief was to come up with a tool for improving the compatibility of electrification design to Network Rail’s High Output Plant System (HOPS), used to install overhead line structures on the Great Western Railway.

Having first learned the necessary programming skills, he created an App which allows designers to input key parameters and discover instantly whether a planned installation is compatible with HOPS, ensuring that work can be delivered safely and efficiently, saving significant time and money.

After receiving his award, Fahad commented: “Tackling this particular project from a unique angle has allowed me to produce an innovative solution and has encouraged me to always try new approaches when solving future problems.”

Chris Bryan of Furrer+Frey, who mentored Fahad during his project, was pleased for his young protégé: “Fahad showed considerable initiative by individually creating an App for the High Output Plant System. The finished App will be a huge boon for the Great Western electrification programme as it will save time and ensure consistency in the installation of safety critical equipment. Everyone here at Furrer+Frey is delighted at his success!”


  1. What about new recruits that have been qualified to install new overhead wires and new overhead line structures and materials for the Great Eastern Main Line and the overhead wiring renewals on the Southend Victoria line as old overhead wires and overhead line structures to be replaced by new overhead line structures and gantries and support masts and new overhead wires to be installed on the Southend Victoria line (Shenfield-Southend Victoria route).


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