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Emerging Engineers Award: 2023 international final

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Date
06 October 2023
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Overview

The Emerging Engineers Award 2023 international final will be hosted online by the Early Careers Network (ECNet) and live-streamed.

This year, three finalists have been selected from the regional and branch competitions across the international ICE Early Careers Network. Each finalist will showcase their best work by presenting a paper in their chosen area of engineering design, research or practice, followed by a Q&A from the judging panel and audience.

The three papers are:

  • Developing a new below ground vegetation SuDS solution - George Grant, Nottingham Trent University & Dice consultant
  • Engineering suicide prevention - Katie O'Neill, University of Glasgow
    Trigger warning: this presentation will explore the topic of incidents of suicide on bridge structures, which some people may find upsetting.
  • A life cycle assessment of carbon steel, stainless steel, and BFRP reinforcement bars - Margarida Marques, Coventry University & FJD Consulting

The overall winner will receive a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Speakers

George Grant

George Grant

Dice Consulting Engineers

Senior Civil Engineer

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George Grant

George has recently completed his part-time degree at NTU, where he studied civil engineering. Now employed by Dice Consulting Engineers as a senior civil engineer. At work, his role entails the design of infrastructure for varying commercial, residential, and public sector schemes. His main interests and skills are around creative drainage solutions, primarily Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). In tandem with his concern for climate change, his knowledge and curiosity about SuDS led to his research into developing new below-ground SuDS. This topic was chosen to overcome the current drawbacks preventing consistent implementation and to provide a solution to the many impacts of urbanisation.

Katie O'Neill

Katie O'Neill

Aecom

Graduate Transport Engineer

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Katie O'Neill

Katie graduated this year with a BEng in Civil Engineering with Architecture from the University of Glasgow. She will be joining the Glasgow Streets Team at Aecom as a Graduate Transport Engineer in September. She was a finalist for the Transport Planning Society’s Young Transport Planner of the Year 2023.

Margarida Marques

Margarida Marques

FJD Consulting

Graduate Engineer in Structures

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Margarida Marques

Margarida is a MEng graduate of civil and environmental engineering from Coventry University. Passionate about transparent sustainability within the construction industry. In her role as a graduate design engineer (structures) at FJD Consulting, she has designed reinforced concrete structures and looked at their embodied carbon. Through this, she understood there was potential to reduce the embodied carbon of RC structures with innovative materials. That is exactly what she tried to cover within her paper: the feasibility of using BFRP to replace common solutions like steel, and how the structural performance compares to the environmental one. The research was all desk based due to limited resources, and so a conceptual design was produced.

She aspires to become a successful engineer that advocates for a better, more sustainable future, and this challenge was one more step in that direction.

For more information please contact:

Maeve Currie