Young Software Engineer of the Year 2019 announced

Stuart Adams, from the University of the West of Scotland, claimed top prize in the event’s 30th year

Scotland’s Young Software Engineer of the Year 2019 has been announced.

Stuart Adams, a student from the University of the West of Scotland, claimed the title with Real-Time Physically-Based Rendering, a project detailing the mathematical theory behind modern photorealistic rendering.

Now in their 30th year, the awards are open to computing science and software engineering students from across Scotland, with each university nominating their best final year undergraduate project.

More than 550 guests from across the industry attended the awards dinner, organised by digital technologies trade body, ScotlandIS.


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This year’s runner-up was Abertay University’s Euan Reid. With sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (EVs) rising rapidly, Reid’s work is designed to allay fears of electrical distribution network overload by using IoT technology to regulate existing EV charge points.

Third place went to Teodora Georgescu, from the University of Edinburgh, for her invention of a wearable device to monitor coughs and, in turn, a range of respiratory illnesses.

Robert Gordon University’s Alessio Gadaleta claimed the Leidos Software Engineering Project Award, for his AI-utilising tool to aid with deck planning – deciding the positioning of cargo on a vessel – for the oil and gas industry.