Williams and Autosport are pleased to announce Luke Dardis, from the University of Bath, as the winner of the 2019 Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award.
Luke collected the accolade at the annual Autosport Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel, London yesterday evening where he was announced as the latest recipient of the prestigious prize.
Launched in 2015, the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award is an exciting annual competition that names an engineering student from a UK university as a rising star of Formula One engineering and supports them with an accelerated career development programme at Williams.
Following a targeted application process several of the UK’s leading universities nominated their star engineering students. Five finalists were selected to take part in an assessment workshop at the Williams headquarters in Grove on 17-18 October 2019.
The evaluation days challenged the candidates across a range of engineering tasks, testing their teamwork and approach, and the depth and breadth of their technical knowledge, to determine personality fit and leadership traits as well as pure engineering skills.
The students were assessed by a panel of judges comprising leading industry, media and Formula One personnel;
- Nicola Salter, Williams Human Resources Director
- Edd Straw, Autosport Grand Prix Editor
- Doug McKiernan, Williams Design Director
- Adam Carter, Williams Chief Engineer Vehicle Programmes & Chief of Staff
- Dave Robson, Williams Senior Race Engineer
- Barney Hassell, Williams Head of Vehicle Dynamics
Luke will now join Williams on an initial two-year placement in an accelerated development programme. He will be mentored by senior engineers and rotate through various areas of Williams before finding his specialism. During the placement, Luke will also get the unique opportunity to work in the team’s race operations division and gain experience at a Grand Prix.
Luke Dardis commented, "Williams is known to value its young engineers, so I know that the next two years will be extremely valuable. I am looking forward to getting started, and I can’t think of a better place to kick start my career.”
Speaking about this year’s winner Doug McKiernan, Design Director at Williams, said; “The Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award is a unique scheme and is about inspiring the next generation of engineers. After a lot of deliberation, the judges and I have decided unanimously that the winner is Luke Dardis. He is an incredibly intelligent individual, he responded fantastically to all of our technical challenges and we look forward to welcoming Luke to Williams.”
Edd Straw, Autosport Grand Prix Editor, added, “The standard of the candidates was, as always, sky-high and they all have bright futures ahead of them. Luke showed all of the qualities we were looking for in a future engineering leader in Formula 1, not just in his knowledge and understanding, but the way he worked with others and communicated. He excelled in the unique pressure of the evaluations and showed he has what it takes to make it in the most competitive engineering environment in the world.”