ARC's Allan wins BCAS gong for banging the drum for engineering
7 Jan 2020
Engineering evangelist Allan Crawford is the winner of the BCAS Rogers Knight Award for his years of work in raising awareness of the sector among schoolchildren.
The award is only the fourth to be granted after it was created in 2015 by the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), in honour of its late president who died at the age of 99.
Hundreds of names are nominated each year by teachers across the UK who nominated those engineers promoting the sector in schools as part of the nationwide Primary Engineer programme.
Crawford, who works for ARC Pro Design Solutions Ltd, was nominated by Colette Kilpatrick from St. Nicholas Roman Catholic School in East Lothian, 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.”
His nominator, Kilpatrick, praised the winner for making time in his working year to visit the school and talk with children in all primary years.
For me, it was a way to pass on my enthusiasm for engineering to a new generation
Allan Crawford, winner, BCAS Rogers Knight Award
BCAS president Jason Morgan added his tribute: “The Primary Engineer programme plays such an important role in inspiring young people and we are thrilled to again acknowledge an outstanding engineer who has made a significant difference to school pupils’ understanding of engineering.
“Allan was a worthy winner of the Rogers Knight Award this year from a selection of high calibre nominees.
Photo (l to r): Jason Morgan, Allan Crawford, Colette Kilpatrick with Chris Rochester, UK director of Primary Engineer