The University of Northampton in association with LECS (UK) is proud to announce the introduction of the Alex MacDonald Award for Lift Engineering. The award, for MSc Lift Engineering students, will be presented every year to the highest quality and innovative Masters Degree dissertation.

LECS UK, an independent vertical transportation consultancy, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is taking the opportunity to introduce the award in memory of their colleague, Alex MacDonald, who died in February [2020].

Alex Mac Donald, 29, was an outstanding engineer and a true professional. Having studied both architecture and engineering, he was leading a groundbreaking project in the Docklands set to attract worldwide attention for its bespoke design.

Eur Ing Dave Cooper said: “As an engineering consultant working in this area for 35+ years, I am a keen supporter of ongoing education, learning and bringing new blood into the industry. Our dear colleague Alex MacDonald was a great example of the best of the next generation coming into this sector and is greatly missed by all who worked with him.

“It is a privilege to be MD of LECS UK on its 30th anniversary and we hope this Award will encourage all MSc students to push the boundaries in thought and research developments as well as create a legacy for Alex who was an exceptional engineer.”

Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk, Postgraduate Programme Leader for Lift Engineering at the University of Northampton, said: “The University has been proud to be associated with LECS UK over the years and with Alex who studied here. We hope this annual award will inspire and motivate our students to achieve their academic and professional goals while always remembering Alex MacDonald.”

The Alex MacDonald Award for Lift Engineering plus £200 prize money will be awarded annually for an outstanding dissertation submitted by the MSc Lift Engineering students at the University of Northampton.  The inaugural award will be presented to the winner at the University in 2020.

LECS UK is a leading independent vertical transportation engineering consultancy. It has delivered some of the world’s most exciting projects to include London’s only public transport cable car, the large-scale US$40 million renovation of the Armenian Marriott Hotel, Yerevan as well as the development of Queensway Quay, Gibraltar

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