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Dundee student is Scotland's young engineer of the year

Dundee student is Scotland's young engineer of the year

A student from Abertay University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2015.

Peeter Pärna won first prize at the 26th annual ScotSoft2015 dinner, dubbed the premier event in the Scottish digital technologies industry, after impressing judges with a project they called 'exceptional.'

The young engineer collected his award and a cheque for £2500 in front of 600 guests from across the industry in Edinburgh earlier this month.

He is the first student from Abertay to win the prestigious award.

“To be honest, I still can't quite believe that I've won this award," said Peeter, who is originally from Estonia but moved to Dundee to study at Abertay.

"It's a huge honour to have my work recognized on a national level [and] I'm feeling happy, although a bit tired, and excited for the future."

  (Abertay University)
via STV via STV

The award ceremony is organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry, and sees each Scottish university submit its best final year undergraduate's software engineering project for consideration.

Peeter's project involved complex mathematics and parallel processing (which is when more than one computer processor is used to complete a task) and combined his interests in fluid dynamics and gaming.

Peeter moved to Scotland for his Bachelor’s degree after a friend he met gaming online recommended Abertay's world class programming courses, and hasn't looked back since.

“Studying at Abertay has had a huge impact on my professional skillset," he said.

"Thanks to the varied course material, I've been exposed to exciting topics in generic computing, software engineering as well as mathematics and physics.

“[The University's] professional ties with the gaming industry have given me opportunities to work with cutting edge software and hardware normally not accessible to students.”

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His project was considered to be exceptional by the judges, and Peeter received a cheque for £2500 from prize sponsor Sopra Steria, and the Young Software Engineer of the Year trophy given by ScotlandIS.

Judges asses projects against a series of criteria including their level of innovation, technical difficulty, commercial relevance, quality of engineering and level of knowledge.

More informaiton on ScotSoft and ScotlandIS can be found online.

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