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CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Shortlist

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The graduate shortlist nominees are:

Jennifer Cox – AECOM and Heriot Watt University

Jennifer is a graduate electrical engineer working within the Buildings & Places team in AECOM St Albans. She graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a MEng in Architectural Engineering in 2018. Shortly after, in September she joined AECOM as a graduate engineer in their Edinburgh office, working on both mechanical and electrical design. In August 2019 she transferred to the St Albans office after a successful 6-month secondment and has continued working as an electrical engineer.  

Jennifer is a graduate member of CIBSE and has recently applied for her ACIBSE membership. She is the general secretary of the London CIBSE YEN Committee. She is also a recognised STEM ambassador and has volunteered for various STEM events speaking to young people and students of all ages explaining engineering as a potential career and promoting building services and the construction industry. 

Joey Aoun – Foster+Partners and Universities of Lebanon and Newcastle

Joey joined Foster+Partners in 2018 as an Environmental Design Assistant and has worked on large scale infrastructure projects.

Joey has an interdisciplinary academic background, holding a master’s degree in Architecture (2014), a postgraduate diploma in Green Building Technology (2016) and an MSc in Urban Energy (Newcastle University, 2018). His academic work was awarded at IBPSA-USA’s Project StaSIO 2019, won the prize for the Highest Marked Postgraduate Dissertation at Newcastle University, awarded TEMPUS travel grant (2016), and represented Lebanon in the Arab World Architectural Exhibition (2014).

Joey is a registered Architect in Lebanon, an Incorporated Engineer through CIBSE, and a RIBA Affiliate member currently pursuing chartership. He is a LEEDBD+CAP and a WELLAP.

Joey’s published research work is focused on local area energy planning for domestic heat decarbonization. Joey is a STEM ambassador, a contributor to the LETI 2020 Retrofit Workstream and the winner of this year’s Ken Dale travel bursary.

Joshua Vasudevan – MERCE and Loughborough University

Having completed his BEng in civil engineering, Joshua’s passion and love towards sustainability and wellbeing encouraged him to start low energy building services master’s degree at Loughborough University.

He graduated in 2019 with distinction and won AECOM prize of the high performing building services student. His master’s research was based on machine learning using thermal imaging camera to predict thermal comfort in building. He won ASHRAE paper competition at ASHRAE Orlando conference. He participated as a team member in ASHRAE ISBD competition 2019 and won first place.  

He started his role as a Research intern at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre and worked closely on the ubiquitous monitoring and controlling of IEQ in buildings. Through his tireless work, he has earned a fully-funded PhD from Mitsubishi, which will explore the deep learning and IEQ in buildings.

Joshua currently mentors the Loughborough University students for various competitions and actively participate and promote CIBSE and YEN. Beyond the workplace, he volunteers back in India with children organisation teaching them maths and computers and being involved in green projects by raising funds and distributing food for the underprivileged children

Khalil Mboob – Buro Happold and University of the West of England

Khalil is a graduate mechanical engineer, born and raised in London. He loves the city he has grown up in, as it is blessed with many cultures and diversity. However, most of all, it is its plethora of buildings he feels is the core influence of his career within building services.

With a vast majority of his youth spent in between Hackney and Islington, it would be untrue of him to say that becoming a building service engineer was a childhood dream. He didn’t even know of anyone who worked in the professional construction industry. However, he always had a passion for Maths, Art and buildings, specifically their design.

He was fortunate enough to get to follow his passions through studying Architecture and Environmental Engineering at UWE. This is where he truly discovered his passion for building services as his thirst to gain knowledge on how buildings truly operated grew deeper.

Khalil was then given an amazing opportunity to intern at Buro Happold as a Mechanical Engineer. Here he honed his building service skills and was fortunate to in fact change his degree to focus on building services. He wanted to know more about the engineering and operation of a building. Studying a subject he had an enormous interest in, really pushed him to achieve a first-class honour in Building Services Engineering and thus become a Graduate Mechanical Engineer. As a graduate, he is learning that the true understanding of how buildings can be designed more efficiently for comfort, or sustainable progressions and just generally improved, is a lifelong pursuit. A journey that he is excited to embark on.

Laura Cattaneo – Foster+Partners and Imperial College

Laura graduated with an MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, achieving 1st class honours and reaching the Dean’s list on her final year. During her time at university, she has been team principal of one of the green racing teams as well as the captain of the college basketball Women’s First Team.

Since joining Foster + Partners in September 2019, she has worked in a variety of projects, all centred on sustainable design systems and energy optimization, working closely with architects, engineers and designers daily in an integrated design approach. Her work focuses mainly on mechanical HVAC systems as well as thermal and energy modelling, which links seamlessly with informing architectural design on sustainability and exploring ways for potential energy savings whilst still meeting occupant comfort criteria. 

Michelle Wang – Hoare Lea/ Kings College London

After attaining a BSc in Architecture and an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation, Michelle joined Hoare Lea as a graduate sustainability consultant in 2018. Since then, she has worked on a number of projects, including most recently a large office fit-out for a European bank. 

Michelle is a strong advocate for visual communication and has helped her team explore alternative ways of representing data and concepts around sustainability, energy, and wellbeing. She was invited to sit on the advisory committee for CIBSE Build2Perform 2020, where she promoted visual communication as a critical skill young engineers should develop. 

Her interest in human-centric design has also seen her contribute to Hoare Lea’s workplace POE study, and she will be presenting on the findings at the CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium in September. 

Michelle is the youngest member of industry think-tank The Edge and contributed to the #ConstructionIsOpen campaign to support EU27 nationals post-Brexit.

Rochelle Kirby – WSP and University of Auckland

In 2018 Rochelle graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours). She is passionate about creating a sustainable built environment, and this year she was named a finalist for the New Zealand Green Building Council Future Thinker of the Year Award.

In the past Rochelle has been recognised by receiving the WSP Undergraduate Scholarship, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and the Hine-Kahukura Trust Scholarship. Rochelle was also selected by Engineering New Zealand and the Association of Korean Woman Scientists and Engineers to be one of two representatives from New Zealand at the International Young Woman Scientist Conference in Korea. 

As the leader of the Auckland Pathways Committee Rochelle organises events that promote personal and professional growth for the young professionals at WSP. Through this role Rochelle advocates for participation in the Wonder Project, a free programme run by Engineering New Zealand designed to get school students excited about science, technology, engineering and maths.

Tom Burton – Fairheat and Cambridge University

Tom spent four years at Cambridge University studying for a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering where he developed his interest in reducing energy use, CO2 emissions and water use.

His role as a Graduate Engineer involves working on the design of new heat network systems and developing the skills to deliver cost and energy-saving measures to clients, as well as spending time on-site carrying out commissioning reviews and acceptance testing.

At FairHeat, he is gaining experience in a wide range of areas from high-level design questions to the detail involved with installation and testing.