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Usman Naeem wins National Computing Award for Excellence
"Student Project of the Year"

17 November 2005

The Computing Awards, is the leading and most prestigious event for IT business leaders. Organised by Computing, the business technology newspaper, it recognises and rewards the very best individuals, teams, projects and companies in UK IT.

Usman Naeem was awarded the tropy for Student Project of the Year for his Neighbourhood Watch Surveillance System at the ceremony on 16 November 2005 at Battersea Park Arena.

As Toby Wolpe, Computing editor-in-chief says: “With more than 1000 guests at tonight’s ceremony, including many of the most influential people in the IT community, the awards are rightly seen as the Oscars of the industry.”

Usman Naeem graduated from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary University of London in July 2005 with a First Class BSc in Information and Communication Technology. He designed the Neighbourhood Watch Surveillance System for his Final Year Project on his BSc course.

Usman’s project had already been nominated for the Best IT student prize and was one of the three projects shortlisted for the ‘Student Making the Best Use of Information Technology’ in the SET (Science, Engineering & Technology) Student of the Year Awards.

The Department of Electronic Engineering is proud of this fantastic success, which is a fine example of the high standard of work achieved by its students.

Dr John Bigham, Usman’s project supervisor, said: "Usman is bright, fun, hardworking and highly creative". Indeed Usman has many surprising talents as an actor and a scenario writer and the long term ambition to become a film director.

Usman has just started a PhD in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary and is focusing his research on Cooperative working in disaster and emergency situations.

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