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Meet the 2017 Finalists (1)

2017 finalists for the Mark Griffin Memorial Award – Student of the Year are:

George Fitzpatrick, Monash University

George is currently completing his fourth year of a double bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design at Monash University. His 2016 Architectural Advertisement Poster for Monash University’s Communications 2 unit was voted “Best Poster” by his peers.

In 2016, he travelled overseas where he completed a 12-week civil engineering internship in Poland. This internship involved working for Pekabex Group; a prefabricated reinforced concrete design, manufacturer, logistics and installation firm operating out of Poland with projects in Poland, Germany and Sweden. During his time at Pekabex, George’s main responsibility was as Assistant Assembly Manager and worked primarily on-site over three different Pekabex projects.

Over the last five years, George has been involved with Monash University’s Rowing Team competing and coaching at the Australian University Games as well as holding a position on their committee. 

Thai Nguyen, New South Wales University

Thai is soon to be a graduate from the University of New South Wales, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honours. His thesis was on the enhancement of learning through the gamification of engineering concepts.

Thai currently works as a mechanical engineer at VOS Group, a building services consultancy, where he plans to build on his knowledge and one day manage all building service disciplines. In the 2015-16 summer, he completed an internship at VOS Group.

In his spare time, Thai likes to play guitar and tennis, watch cricket, and is a proud Sydney Swans supporter.

2017 finalists for the Jack Pirie Inspiring Excellence Award - Young Engineer of the Year are:

Simon Green, Arup

Simon began a mechanical engineering/law double degree at Monash University in 2009.  He spent a semester on exchange at Purdue University in Indiana, studying developments in internal combustion and jet engines, and completed a final year project attempting to use CFD modelling for firebomber plumes in conjunction with the then Bushfire CRC. He graduated in 2014 with honours in both degrees and the J W Dodds prize in Mechanical Engineering.
Since graduating, Simon has worked for two and half years in the Arup Melbourne building services group, where he has specialised in the commercial property sector.  During this time, Simon has helped deliver +2,000m2 office fitouts, new end of trip facilities, major HVAC plant replacements, whole of building refurbishments, as well as a new medium rise development within the CBD. He plans to continue his work at Arup, branching into the growing data centre and underground rail spaces.

Nicola Viselli, Northrop Consulting Engineers

Nicola graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) from the University of Wollongong in 2012 where she started her career in the mining industry. It didn’t take long for her to realise where her passions lie which led her to sustainability in the built environment.
Keen to get her foot in the door, Nicola took the opportunity to work in a building services firm, (BSE) as an intern, where she worked on her first Green Star project and finalised certification for the Kuhene and Nagel Distribution Centre in Eastern Creek for the reward of a 4 Star Green Star As-Built Rating. This allowed for her accreditation as a Green Star Accredited Professional which she now uses in her day to day as a Sustainability Consultant with Northrop Consulting Engineers.

Nicola quickly defined her path in the company, being recognised for providing energy and enthusiasm to every project she delivers. She chairs the Sydney Office Green Committee where she encourages positive behavioural change in the office and greater community.

Nicola is also participating in the 2017 100 Woman in Property program through the Property Council of Australia where she is keen to encourage diversity in the workplace, in particular women in leadership roles.

For more information read CIBSE ANZ news Awards Finalists Announced

Winners announced 15 June 2017 at the CIBSE ANZ 30th Anniversary Cocktail Function.

Congratulations to all our 2017 finalists who have been selected for demonstrating innovation and potential for greatness in the field of building services engineering.