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CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2019 Winner

A huge congratulations to Laura Luckhurst of Cundall and Sheffield University.

About the 2019 winner

Laura graduated from Sheffield University in 2018 and, since starting in her role as a graduate mechanical engineer at Cundall, has worked on a number of prestigious projects including the 21 Moorfields development for Landsec. 

She worked with the manufacturer of the software programme Cymap and developed a starter guide for other engineers in the firm. She is an enthusiastic user of digital tools to promote integrated designs.

Her employer described Laura as “a real asset to the engineering teams” with colleagues valuing her commitment, technical ability and drive to inspire younger engineers. She helps to organise events for the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), which is celebrating its centenary.

Laura has mentored a number of students, led Cundall’s work experience placement programme and hosted an event for Year 10 children. She also authored an engineering-based children’s book, which was used to support STEM learning for 7-9 year olds in local schools.


First runner-up

Felix Cox, AECOM and Queen Mary University

Having previously worked as a jazz clarinet/saxophone session musician and teacher, Felix completed a career U-turn in September 2018 starting as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer in AECOM’s London head office. 

He graduated in 2018 with a first-class BEng (hons) in mechanical engineering from Queen Mary University, London (QMUL) having completed A-levels in Further Maths and Physics in order to gain entry to university.

During his studies he received several scholarships and recognitions including the prize for the highest score in Mechanical Engineering, the IMechE Prize and the 3rd year Principal’s Prize. He was also recipient of the Engineering Leaders Scholarship (ELS) in 2017 from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Felix has worked as a STEM ambassador for AECOM and has also went into secondary schools to deliver his own presentations during his time at university, championing diversity as well as wellbeing and mental health awareness in the industry.
 

Second runner-up

Tom Lusty, Couch Perry Wilkes and Coventry University

Tom joined Couch Perry Wilkes as a trainee Building Services Engineer in 2013. He was sponsored to further his education at Coventry University where, in November 2018, he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Building Services Engineering.

In the same year, Tom was runner up in the CIBSE President's Prize for his post-occupancy evaluation of a low carbon building project. Beyond academic research, he has also applied himself practically on projects ranging from pharmaceutical facilities to mixed use residential developments. 

Having achieved his IEng through CIBSE, he is now working towards chartered engineer status. He is a firm believer in helping future generations in building services, currently mentoring both an apprentice and undergraduate.

Beyond the workplace, Tom is an international canoeist representing Great Britain and is part of the UK Sport Programme building towards the 2020 Olympic Games.