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CIBSE reveals bumper line-up for young engineers’ awards

Eight graduates and six employers have made the shortlist in this year’s Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Young Engineers’ Awards sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters; Kingspan Industrial Insulation, Swegon Air Management and the CIBSE Patrons.

The Awards celebrate the industry’s best examples of young engineering talent, recognising the individuals whose academic and professional achievements set them apart from their peers and identify them as the stars of the engineering profession in the next generation.  Not surprisingly, recognition in these awards is regarded as one of the highest accolades in the sector.  Equally important are the employers whose award celebrates the organisations with progressive strategies for recruiting, nurturing and empowering young people.

Finalists for the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year award are:
 

  • Waqar Ahmed, Hurley Palmer Flatt and University of Surrey;

  • Rachel Bell, Atkins and Manchester University;

  • Reanna Evans, NG Bailey and Leeds Beckett University;

  • Carl Fisher, Royal School of Military Engineering;

  • Josh Hunt, AECOM and University of the West of England;

  • Hannah Muller-Jones, Buro Happold and University of Nottingham;

  • Gemma Taylor, Atkins and University of the West of England;

  • Ryan Wesley, Tata Steel Europe and Loughborough University.

The CIBSE Employer of the Year shortlist is:

Small category:

S I Sealy & Associates
Services Design Solutions Limited (SDS)
 
Medium category:

Elementa
Black & White Engineering
 
Large category:

AECOM
Hoare Lea

The final will be held at the London headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on October 11. Where the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate finalists will be judged on a five-minute presentation addressing the topic: ‘Recent events have raised questions about how the industry manages and monitors professional competence and upholds technical standards. What does this mean to you as an engineer and where does the engineer’s responsibility begin and end?

“It is great to see the award continuing to attract such interest and such a consistently high standard of entries in its 23rd year,” said chair of judges Tim Dwyer CEng FCIBSE. “Once again we have eight exceptional candidates ready to compete for one of the top accolades available to young engineers.”

This year’s Graduate winner will enjoy a fully paid for trip to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Atlanta. The second and third placed graduates receive £600 and £300 respectively from the Rumford Club and every other finalist receives £100 from the Manly Charitable Trust.

Kevin Mitchell, chair of the CIBSE Employer of the Year judging panel and the first ever winner of the Graduate Award, said entries had been particularly difficult to separate: “The standard was very high, which is extremely heartening in light of the sector’s ongoing battle with skills shortages.
 

Judging panels:

 
CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year
Tim Dwyer CEng FCIBSE, UCL (Chair)
Stephen Lisk, CIBSE President
Sheila Hayter, ASHRAE President
Tony Roche, IMechE President
Geoff Prudence, Rumford Club Chair
Raphael Amajuoyi, CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2017
 
CIBSE Employer of the Year
Kevin Mitchell, Mott MacDonald (chair)
David Fitzpatrick, CIBSE Patrons Chair
Scott Mason, AO Smith
Neil Panton, Troup Bywaters + Anders