CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Finalists 2017
Waqar Ahmed – Hurley Palmer Flatt and University of Surrey
Waqar Ahmed was born near Islamabad, Pakistan where he had his early education before moving to the UK in 2013.
He studied at the University of Surrey and received a first-class BEng Mechanical Engineering degree. His primary goal is to become a chartered engineer, so he attended Cranfield University in 2016 and obtained a master’s degree in Advanced Mechanical Engineering. Throughout his studies, Ahmed took an active part in several charitable activities including organising charity dinners at the University of Surrey and raising £6,000 for children in need.
On completing his studies, he joined Hurley Palmer Flatt as a Graduate Engineer through the company’s GATES programme and, at this year’s annual staff conference he was awarded the company’s Graduate of the Year prize by CEO Paul Flatt.
Since joining Hurley Palmer Flatt, he was worked on retail, educational, commercial and mission critical projects. He has acquired a good level of proficiency in several design software packages, which helped in producing sustainable and economical design solutions.
He is now working towards chartership with CIBSE and is enhancing his knowledge through CPDs and training courses.
Racel Bell – Atkins and University of Manchester
Rachel joined the Atkins Building Services team after graduating from the University of Manchester with a First Class master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
She has used her interest in the environment to carve a unique role in the team, predominantly working on energy and water masterplanning. She undertook a secondment with the Thames Water Energy and Carbon team, assessing eligibility of onsite renewable energy generation, storage and ways to reduce carbon emissions.
Rachel has a keen interest in innovation and has developed an automated tool that predicts energy and carbon use of buildings, recommending the most effective renewable technologies.
Currently, she is predicting energy and water use for a 13-hectare waterpark in the Middle East; researching innovative ways of generating and distributing energy and water around the site. Her analysis informs energy and water distribution, thermal and water storage, saving strategies and operating temperatures.
Rachel is an active STEM ambassador, running workshops, attending school careers evenings and leading local Brownies engineering evenings. Rachel often mentors work experience students and talks at graduate and apprentice assessment centres. She organises and attends CPD seminars and is involved with improving office wellbeing and runs an exercise class for colleagues once a week.
Reanna Evans – NG Bailey and Leeds Beckett University
Reanna joined NG Bailey as a first year Building Services Engineering apprentice in 2011. Following her apprenticeship, she was sponsored to undertake the degree of her choice in Building Services Engineering.
During this time, Reanna not only had a degree to focus on, but was also asked to be the lead electrical engineer on a large project, The Hut Group. However, she not only delivered the project on time, to a high standard and within budget, she also gained a First Class Honours Degree from Leeds Beckett University.
She is now the lead mechanical engineer on a prestigious project in Manchester City Centre.
After winning the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Chairman’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement, she was elected to be a member of the BESA Future Leaders group. Her employer has also nominated her for its internal talent scheme and Reanna is now aiming for her CEng status.
She sets up work experience placements for students who have finished college or are still at school to give them a better understanding of the building services industry. Reanna is also a willing mentor and a STEM Ambassador for the North West, hoping to contribute towards bridging the skills gap.
Major Carl Fisher – Corps of Royal Engineers and Cranfield University
Major Carl Fisher is a graduate in the British Army with 19 years’ service and has recently returned from his industry placement with Arup in Australasia.
In 2013 he completed a BEng with honours in Design Engineering from Aston University, and in 2018 gained a MSc in Military Construction Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) from Cranfield University.
Coupling his practical experience as an engineering leader and academic knowledge, Carl has advised clients while fostering a spirit of continuous improvement delivering ‘best practice’ within design teams. Most notably, he exploited an opportunity to encourage the Environmental Sustainability Development Team to consider incorporating Combined Heat Hydrogen and Power technology into the built environment to reduce greenhouse emissions and generate onsite revenue – a method of power generation and distribution not yet used in Australia.
As a graduate, Carl’s development has been overseen by the Royal School of Military Engineering’s senior lecturers. While on placement, his project director provided the daily guidance to ensure that he was able to succeed as interface manager on a highly time constrained multi-discipline and fully integrated project – the first of its kind in Sydney.
Josh Hunt – AECOM and the University of the West of England
Josh Hunt is a graduate engineer at AECOM in Exeter working in the building services team with a particular preference for mechanical engineering and BIM.
During his six years with the company, he has worked on a range of projects including schools, universities, offices, laboratories, hospitals and leisure centres as well as completing an HNC in mechanical engineering, a BEng in building services engineering and achieving ENGTech status.
Josh graduated in 2018 with a first class BEng (hons) in building services engineering from University of West of England (UWE) During his studies, he organised events for CIBSE South West young engineer’s network. During his final year at university he was awarded CIBSE south west student of the year 2018, and an invitation to attend a trip to Hong Kong with UWE to present to students at universities on similar courses.
Since completing his degree, Josh has signed up to complete the MSc course in high performance buildings with Plymouth University, and is also currently undergoing the CIBSE professional development scheme to achieve IEng status.
Hannah Muller-Jones – Buro Happold and University of Nottingham
Hannah is a Mechanical Engineer in BuroHappold’s London office, having achieved a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with Management from the University of Nottingham in 2016.
She has worked on a range of projects from design stage projects in the Middle East to the construction phase of universities in London. She is currently running multi-disciplinary engineering teams for several residential projects, which involve collaborating with other BuroHappold offices around the world. This role includes managing detailed design reports, deadlines and meetings.
Hannah is also visual programming lead for London Building Services; training the team in the Dynamo system and providing manager role training to impart an appreciation of the benefits of computational engineering. She is running further ‘hack sessions’ to encourage the team to create efficient processes and retrieve time for innovative engineering.
She sits on the Women’s Business Network Committee, having previously been Communications/Vice Chair on the Young Engineers’ Forum. Hannah is also one of the ‘NextGen Engineers to Watch’ nominated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Gemma Taylor – Atkins and University of the West of England
Gemma is a Graduate Building Physics and Services Engineer working for Atkins. She holds an upper second-class degree in Building Services Engineering, having graduated from the University of the West of England in 2017.
Gemma took every opportunity to gain practical experience in the workplace during her studies, and as a result has already developed a mature technical and commercial understanding of the construction industry.
She has worked on a range of projects including educational, international, healthcare and leisure facilities. As well as being a technically competent mechanical engineer, with a passion for passive and sustainable design solutions, Gemma is now also responsible for delivering the client and project management roles for her current projects.
She takes pride in giving back to the industry externally by volunteering her time as a committee member and social media coordinator for CIBSE Young Engineers Network, South West. Gemma is on a mission to keep the young engaged in the workings of engineering in the construction industry to bridge the skills gap between education and the commercial environment.
In her spare time, Gemma enjoys music, sport and fitness, and “the odd pint of cider”.
Ryan Wesley - Tata Steel Europe and Loughborough University
Baoying is a graduate electrical engineer with AECOM in Sydney, Australia having completed his internship at Steensen Varming. He received two bachelor degrees in electrical engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China and the University of Sydney (First Class honours) in 2015. During his study he received several scholarships and recognitions including the Dean’s List and became a finalist for the John C Harsanyi Graduate Medal at the University of Sydney.
He has presented and published papers in LED technology at the North America and Australia/New Zealand branches of the Illuminating Engineering Society. He is also involved in the industry standardisation process as part of the Young Leaders Programme of Standards Australia. He has been working extensively on government, commercial, education and data centre projects.