Neha Chauhan, who studied an MSc in Thermal Power at Cranfield University between 2016-17, has been announced as the winner of the Entrepreneurial Award at the 2021 Study UK Alumni Awards in India. 

The international awards recognise and celebrate UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni across the globe. The annual ceremony took place, virtually, on Friday 26 March. The awards recognise the outstanding impact that finalists have as business leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their contribution to strengthening collaborations between the UK and India.

Neha is the Co-Founder of Aviotron Automatics, working to impart practical, skills-based knowledge to young people in trending areas, including aeromodelling and robotics. She is an engineer with a passion for taking seemingly complex problems and forming unique solutions, and also won the Best Indian Start-Up award at the Dubai Annual Investment Meeting Congress in 2019.

She said of the win: "I learnt a lot about team leading, management and much more and hence created a fire inside me to be an entrepreneur and bring innovation and make a difference. After  completion of my studies, I had this feeling to do something out of the box, to create a system or a company, that will bring a breakthrough change and hence improve the Indian Aerospace and education market, hence Cranfield will always be an important part in my journey."

Speaking of Neha’s win, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice- Chancellor at Cranfield University, said: “These prestigious awards are recognised around the world. I’m delighted to be able to extend my congratulations and those of the whole global Cranfield community, to Neha. Her achievements reflect the golden thread of entrepreneurship which is woven through our master’s and doctoral programmes.”