George Fulham (U17) has won a Salters’ Graduate Award in recognition of his academic achievement as a final-year undergraduate in 2021, and in anticipation of his acting as an ambassador for the chemical engineering profession throughout his future career. George, accompanied by Dr Jethro Akroyd, George’s former Director of Studies, attended an award ceremony at Salters’ Hall, situated next to the historic London Wall, at the start of December. The award was presented by Sir Tom McKillop, former CEO of AstraZeneca. George remains a member of Churchill College and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, where he has started research under the supervision of Dr Ewa Marek.

George writes, “I was very flattered to be nominated by the department, and to have been selected as a recipient of the award was a very pleasing finish to my undergraduate studies. The chemical engineering course at Cambridge has both challenged and developed me greatly. I feel well-equipped with the technical proficiency and broad knowledge base required to help tackle some of the essential problems of the coming decades. Furthermore, I am incredibly grateful to Churchill College for the welcoming and comfortable environment it provided during my undergraduate studies, without which this would certainly not have been possible. I would like to express my gratitude to my director of studies, Jethro Akroyd, for the helpful discussions and coordinating excellent teaching provision. The input of lecturers, supervisors, and support staff has also been invaluable – especially within the trying circumstances of the last 18 months. Finally, thank you to all my peers in the cohort, whose camaraderie has made the last few years so enjoyable. I now look forward to undertaking my PhD studies at Cambridge, for which I will be investigating renewable jet fuel synthesis within the Energy Reactions and Carriers Group, under the supervision of Ewa Marek.”

George Fulham and Dr Jethro Akroyd outside Salters’ Hall, December 2021.

About the Salters’ Company: First licensed in 1394, The Salters’ Company has its origins in the salt trade of medieval London. Ranked number nine in the order of precedence, it is one of the Great 12 Livery Companies and today The Salters’ Company is a diverse organisation responsible for several charitable foundations, important philanthropic work in science education and the fostering of fellowship among its members.