A UNIVERSITY researcher who excels in working on engines for electric vehicles is set for a trip to Parliament after his work was shorlisted for an award.
Christopher Spargo, 26, who lives in the West Park area of Hartlepool, will have his work showcased at the SET for Britain competition and awards at the House of Commons on March 17.
Christopher, a Newcasle University researcher, designs novel electric motor technologies to replace internal combustion engines in vehicles and is a firm green energy fan as he drives a Renault Fleunce electric car.
The competition is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are the “engine-room” of continued progress in and development of UK research and development.
It is the latest in a string of invitations and awards Christopher, who hopes to encourage young people to take up engineering, has won for his work.
Christopher, who is originally from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear and whose girlfriend Laura Donaghy is a Clavering Primary School teacher, said: “I think my trip to Parliament will be quite interesting.
“I’m sure I will meet some people interested in this type of work and there will be opportunities for investment.
“There will be companies there probably interested in taking this technology to the next level.
“The event showcases what Britain is doing in engineering. A lot of people say we don’t do anything in the UK any more but in fact all high-level technological stuff is done in the UK.”