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Presidents Awards dinner showcases industry talent

Two CIBSE members have been honoured with silver medals at the Presidents Awards dinner in October.  Geraldine O’Farrell FCIBSE MSLL and Seamus Homan FCIBSE were awarded the medals in recognition of their outstanding service to CIBSE.

Neil Sturrock, reading the citation for Geraldine highlighted her seven year service as vice-chair of the CIBSE Heritage Group, of which she has been a serving committee member for 20 years. Sturrock also referenced her extensive work in other areas of the Institution, in particular her role as a professional interviewer for Member and Fellow applicants for 16 years.

Paul Martin reading the citation for Seamus Homan, referred to the significant role he played in setting up a City and Guilds HVAC Technician Design course at the College of Technology, Dublin, which he was later invited to help develop into a degree course. Seamus continues to promote Building Services Engineering and has played an influential part a campaign to encourage leaving-cert students in Ireland to study building services.

A third CIBSE Fellow, Brian Charlesworth has also been awarded a silver medal for his services to the Institution but was unable to attend the dinner. Brian has been a professional interviewer for CIBSE applicants for 25 years, undertaking over 400 interview to date, and has also helped train new CIBSE interviewers.

The annual president’s dinner recognises and rewards industry talent with a number of awards, showcasing both newly qualified and experienced engineers. Other awards presented on the night were:

Hays Building Services President’s Prize

Jake Piner of Portsmouth University won the CIBSE Undergraduate Award 2018, and a prize of £500 for his final year project "Analysing the benefits of a well-engineered building control system".
The award, sponsored by Hays Building Services, is designed to encourage students to develop their potential, and aim for excellence. It is awarded to those in their final year of a building services course accredited by CIBSE, and recognises their academic achievements.
A trophy was also awarded to Portsmouth University as acknowledgement of its achievement.

Ken Dale Travel Bursary

For the first time ever two people were awarded Ken Dale Travel Bursary.

Lucy Pemble, studying for an MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development at Swansea University, and Antoni Sapina Grau mechanical engineer at WSP, were both presented with a travel bursary to undertake industry relevant research.

Lucy Pemble won for her research topic ‘Demand Management: Integration of low carbon and renewable technologies’, and intends to travel to Zambia, South Africa, America and Wales.

Antoni Sapina Grau, who was the CIBSE Graduate of the Year 2016 winner, won for his research titled ‘Resilience and adaptive capacity for upcoming climate challenges’ which will see him travel to China, Hong Kong, Australia and America.

Both winners will present their report to the CIBSE board.

The annual Ken Dale Travel Bursary offers between £1,500 - £4,000 to CIBSE members in the developmental stage of their career, who wish to spend three to four weeks abroad researching aspects connected to their field of work.

Happold Brilliant Award

The award recognises excellence in the teaching of building services engineering, and was this year presented to Leeds Beckett University. The award was presented to Mike White on behalf of the University.

Technical Awards

Roderic Bunn and Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd won the Carter Bronze Medal for their paper: ‘Comfort signatures: How long-term studies of occupant satisfaction in office buildings reveal on-going performance’. This is awarded for the most highly rated paper published in BSE&T relating to application and development.

Their paper looked at long-term occupant surveys over periods of between 3 and 21 years, with analysis which has generated insights into trends in building performance that have not been available before, and providing evidence of the key factors for ensuring long-term occupant satisfaction.

Junli Zhou, Cheng Ye, Yan Hu, Hassan Hemida, Guoqiang Zhang and Wei Yang, won the Napier Shaw Bronze Medal for the most highly rated paper published in BSER&T relating to research for their paper: ‘Development of a model for single-sided, wind-driven natural ventilation in buildings’.

Their research looked to develop a model for predicting total flow rate of single-sided natural ventilation in buildings due to wind pressure.

The Carter and Napier Shaw Bronze Medals are awarded annually by CIBSE to celebrate the high quality research carried out in the building services industry. They are presented to the highest rated papers of the year on application and research respectively, published in the Building Services Engineering Research and Technology Journal (BSER&T).

CIBSE members can access BSER&T Journal and Lighting Research and Technology (LR&T) Journal as part of their membership at