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Ken Dale Bursary winner plans international air quality research

The 2017 winner of the Ken Dale Travel Bursary has been announced as St John Townshend of multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Hydrock, for his plan to monitor air quality across Asia.

St John’s winning proposal will see him investigate ‘Air pollution in the built environment’ across several countries in Asia; including India, China, South Korea and Singapore, and creating case studies of the best and worst examples.

The project will have a particular focus on how building services are being used to impact indoor air quality in each country, and how instances of small particulate pollution can be reduced inside. It will also feature a strong communications element, with a blog and short film planned about the project.

The Bristol-based building performance engineer was chosen from a strong group of over 35 young engineers competing for the £4,000 travel bursary, which aims to broaden the winner’s international engineering experience early in their career.

St John Townshend, Graduate Building Performance Engineer at Hydrock and winner of the 2017 Ken Dale Travel Bursary, said: “This was an opportunity to research a topic of my choice whilst immersing myself in a different part of the world is something I couldn’t resist. With a huge ambition to travel and to further strengthen my career, the Ken Dale Travel Bursary couldn’t be avoided.

“A lot of the talk to do with air pollution is focused on the Far East and India, however, it is becoming a reality in the UK and Europe. The effects of air quality on occupant health and wellbeing are well documented, and is something I have taken interest into recently. To research something topical which has the ability to create change was a priority for me.”

The Ken Dale Travel Bursary is an annual award that offers young building services engineers the opportunity to experience technical, economic, environmental, social and political conditions in another country and to examine how these factors impact the practice of building services engineering.

Entrants are required to draft and present a five to ten thousand word report of their findings, which will be published via the Knowledge Portal on the CIBSE website.

The 2016 Bursary was awarded to Dubai-based engineer Elie El-Choufani for his proposal to research airport design in different environments around the world, to identify opportunities and new approaches to energy efficiency at airports that can lessen both cost and emissions.