Recipient of Inaugural Award for Lift Engineer MSc Announced

LECS (UK) in association with the University of Northampton has announced the winner of the inaugural Alex MacDonald Award.

The award, created in memory of an outstanding young engineer, Alex MacDonald, was introduced in early 2020 and is presented to a candidate who has submitted an innovative research dissertation as part of the UON’s masters degree in lift engineering.

This year the judges couldn’t chose between two finalists and so the award is presented jointly to Vicente Pacheco and Paul Clements.

Vicente Pacheco examined how to increase energy efficiency of lifts by applying machine learning concepts to the selection of the journey profile and the sequence for allocating the calls. He developed and presented a novel technical solution to achieve this.

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Vicente Pacheco


Paul Clements examined the use of IoT technology to enable earlier identification and monitoring of faults on lifts. His research concluded that readily available sensors can be purchased and retrofitted to lift systems to assist with condition monitoring and earlier fault detection without the need for heavy investment.

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Eur Ing Dave Cooper, MD of LECS (UK) and CIBSE board member said: “We are delighted to present the augural Alex MacDonald award jointly to Vicente and Paull – both very worthy recipients who have researched interesting facets of the lift industry and produced some innovate solutions to real ongoing issues.

“As an independent 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.

Congratulations to both Vicente and Paul and I 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: " Congratulations to Paul and Vicente on their well deserved award. We are thrilled to have this annual Award for Lift Engineering established that will inspire and motivate our students to achieve their academic and professional goals.

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 lift and 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