CFMS employee wins IMECHE Best Student Award

CFMS employee wins IMECHE Best Student Award

Bristol, 4th July 2017 - The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a specialist in digitally enabled high value design capability, today announced that one of its employees has been awarded the IMECHE Best Student Award.

Awarded annually to the highest performing student, Rhys Gilbert, Junior Systems Engineer, CFMS, has been studying for an MEng in Mechanical Engineering since 2012 at The University of Exeter. In 2014, he undertook a 12-month work placement at CFMS as a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer, developing skills in simulation and modelling. Since passing his MEng, Rhys has returned to CFMS as a permanent employee utilising his system modelling, analysis and engineering design skills.   

Rhys commented, “I’m very proud to be awarded the IMECHE Best Student Award. I have always been interested in how objects work and interact, and mechanical engineering was a natural progression for me.” 

Professor Ken Evans, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences said: “This is a wonderful achievement and we are absolutely delighted for Rhys for winning this award. To make the final stages of the competition, against some of the brightest students in the field of Mechanical Engineering, was a success in itself, yet to emerge as the winner is a real credit to Rhys’s hard work, determination and innovation. The Engineering department at Exeter prides itself on not just encouraging and nurturing our students, but also challenging them to achieve great things. This award is thoroughly deserved and we are all extremely proud of his success.”

Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer, “As a growing, independent and not-for-profit organisation, CFMS is an employer of choice with a mandate to encourage the development of STEM skills in order to inspire the next generation of future engineers.”

UK success in aerospace and automotive sectors can be attributed to the world class education and research delivered by its universities. High Value Design (HVD) will have a considerable impact to the UK economy, increasing productivity and growth, with research predicting it will create 60,000 high value jobs and careers over the next decade. To support organisations in delivering HVD capability, the UK will need to continue to invest to ensure it can produce sufficient high value skills to address the opportunities created.

About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is proud to be a growing, independent and not-for-profit organisation that specialises in digitally enabled high value design capability. We promote advanced modelling and simulation, underpinned by High Performance Computing (HPC), pushing the boundaries of technology.

Through our exceptional, collaborative, virtual and physical facilities, we enable the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for advanced modelling and simulation, while improving learning and developing awareness of state-of-the-art. Engaging with organisations large and small, we help to provide access to the right tools, resources, skills and technologies, resulting in increased productivity and faster, more informed decision-making. 

As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to drive a practical revolution in engineering capability and design, working with organisations to reduce risk in the design phase, product development costs and time to market.

For further information about how CFMS can help your business, view our brochure here, visit, call 0117 906 1100 or email

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