Volunteer of the Year

Robert is one of Sopra Steria UK’s Volunteers of the Year. As Volunteer of the Year 2017, he will travel to India next week to visit our international award-winning Community programmes run by our India CSR team. Each year, Sopra Steria India CSR programmes puts around 70,000 children through school, while also providing free lunches, access to drinking water and toilet facilities, and a huge number of other educational and social benefits.

Robert - Volunteer Quote

Having been an active volunteer for many years, supporting schools, colleges and universities as well as many STEM events through the #IET and #STEM Ambassador program, I’m really looking forward to visiting the #Soprasteria India CSR programs and learning first hand how much benefit and life improvement the students gain from our support.

Sopra Steria have rewarded me with this excellent opportunity after learning about all the efforts myself and the #IETSwindon team have put in to our activity program each year, and in particular our prestige event of support for #RIAT and the technozone at the Royal International Air Tattoo hosted at RAF Fairford each year. Over 3 days we have between 4,000 and 5,000 visitor’s through our stand enjoying all the hands on activities to encourage students to learn more about science and technology subjects (STEM).


I will be heading to India on Monday 12th February to see the amazing work our Sopra Steria India Foundation does. I’m looking forward to learning more about the culture and helping the students with any tech questions they may have. As part of my volunteer work, I see first hand how important it is for students to have access to technology and how excited they are by seeing tech in action. It is by showcasing the opportunities tech can provide that we grow the next generation of STEM leaders.

Follow my journey on Twitter or be sure to check back on this blog for my write up post the 10 day trip.

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Robert McLaughlan

IET Mentor, IET Professional Registration Advisor, IET Educational Liaison Officer. Interests: Electronic Engineering, Communication Systems, IT Systems, Radio Frequency Engineering, Artificial Intelligence Background: Over the last 30 years I have gained extensive experience of Engineering Management, development and responsibility resulting in Chartered Engineer status and Corporate Membership of The Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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