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Rugby School's Kaede Sugano wins GSK Young Engineer Award

Kaede Sugano, a Year 12 Rugby School student, was presented with the GSK Young Engineer of the Year award on International Women in Engineering Day (24 June 2021) as part of the annual BigBang competition organised by EngineeringUK.  The GSK Young Engineer of the Year award is the top prize in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.  

She created a holiday search website and algorithm inspired by her grandparents trying to decide where to go to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The website – called RIHLA – compares tours, package holidays and tourist hotspots using three criteria – sentiment, novelty, and physical ability – to suggest the one that best meets a traveller’s needs. 

The BigBang competition is an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of STEM as well as helping them to build skills and confidence in project-based work.  

Kaede, who comes from Oyama, Japan, has been at Rugby since September 2018. She will take Maths, Physics and Computer Science at A level next year.