Engineering graduate on course to be a rising star of Formula One

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

F1 cars in motorsport engineering workshop

An Oxford Brookes University graduate has been named as a finalist for the 2017 Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award.

Recent graduate, Jonathan Fernandez Hee has been listed as one of just five UK students who impressed in the first round of the process and were selected to take part in an assessment workshop at the Williams HQ in Grove last week.

Jonathan, who studied a postgraduate degree in Motorsport Engineering, said: “Being a finalist in the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award 2017 is the best reward to my dedication, commitment and hard work. One year ago I made the best decision in joining Oxford Brookes to study the Motorsport Engineering MSc, without them I would not have had this opportunity.”

One of the five candidates will be chosen as the recipient of the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award and will be crowned as a rising star of Formula One engineering. 

The UK has a deserved reputation for developing many of the leading engineers in world motorsport, so it’s no surprise that the standard of applicants for the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award has been so high.

Edd Straw, Editor-in-Chief of Autosport magazine

The winner will also be offered a two-year placement in an accelerated career development programme that will see them mentored by senior engineers and rotate through various areas of Williams before finding their specialism. During the placement, they will also get the unique opportunity to work in the team’s race operations division and gain experience at a Grand Prix.

Edd Straw, Editor-in-Chief of Autosport magazine said: “This award embodies the fact that motorsport is just as much about engineering excellence as driving excellence, and perhaps even more so. The UK has a deserved reputation for developing many of the leading engineers in world motorsport, so it’s no surprise that the standard of applicants for the Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award has been so high.”

The winner will be formally announced at the annual Autosport Awards on 4 December 2016.

Oxford Brookes University is uniquely positioned in Oxfordshire, at the centre of the hub for clean automotive and related industries which enhances the work it does and provides further opportunities for students, such as placements. 

More information about postgraduate and undergraduate engineering courses can be found on the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences webpages.

Image: F1 cars in the motorsport engineering workshop at Oxford Brookes University