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John Penny Award 2018 winner: David Arnold

John Penny Award 2018 winner: David Arnold


Managing Director Robin Penny presented David with the award for the best Sheffield Hallam University Mechanical Engineering student.

Penny Hydraulics continue its links with Sheffield Hallam University to promote skills such as Mechanical Engineering in the region. The John Penny Prize is awarded to the student who achieved the highest overall degree on the MEng Mechanical Engineering course and is in memory of Penny Hydraulics ex MD John Penny.

Robin Penny, MD and brother of John explains further the significance of the award:

‘The John Penny Prize in honour of the previous Managing Director of Penny Hydraulics and celebrates the role of all great engineers to challenge accepted practice and so generate a new understanding of how things can be done.’

We caught up with a proud David Arnold after the event who told us about his experience since graduating:

'Since graduating, I have been working as an Associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme between Sheffield Hallam University, Equi-Trek Ltd and Innovate UK. The project aims to use advanced design methods and computer-aided design and analysis tools to develop a New Product Design methodology; providing the opportunity to apply and further develop the skills I learnt over the course of my degree.'

‘It was a pleasure to meet the Managing Director of Penny Hydraulics, Mr. Robin Penny, and learn of the Penny family’s engineering heritage, originating in the British mining industry and expanding into the innovative global engineering company they are today. It was inspiring to hear how John Penny, as a determined engineer, enjoyed taking on challenges with such innovation.

I would like to thank Robin Penny and Penny Hydraulics for the award and for their generosity in the giving of the prize.’

When asked about David and his future Robin added:

‘John Penny was always looking for novel solutions and having spoken to David Arnold I am sure that he is a worthy winner of the prize and will thoroughly enjoy his career in engineering’.

Penny Hydraulics will continue working with Sheffield Hallam and academic institutions to help to drive the calibre of Mechanical Engineers in the UK.

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