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Stakes are high as young engineers aim for Vegas

Eight young engineers are vying to be crowned the 21st winner of the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award and win the first prize of a trip to the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Las Vegas.

They are joined by six companies shortlisted for the equally prestigious CIBSE Employer of the Year Award.

The CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards 2016 are supported by CIBSE and ASHRAE, the two global engineering bodies for building services, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). They are sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters, Ruskin Air Management and Waterloo Air Products and also receive support from the CIBSE Patrons.

The finalists in the Graduate Awards 2016 are: Samantha Carlsson – Cardiff University and Hoare Lea; Katie Ewing – University of Bath/Atkins; Richard Garthwaite – Royal School of Military Engineering; Antoni Sapina Grau – WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff/Brunel; Monica Madrigal – Universidad Politechnica Madrid/Foster & Partners; Scott Mason – University of Northampton/Lochinvar; Farai Mwashita – Loughborough/Hilson Moran; Samima Saqib – Heriot Watt (Dubai).

All eight finalists will give a short presentation to the judging panel and a large audience of friends, colleagues and supporters at the IMechE’s London headquarters on Thursday, October 13.

As well as the trip to participate in the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, there are generous cash bursaries from the Rumford Club on offer to the two runners up and, for the first time, the Manly Trust will be presenting cheques to the other finalists to cover their expenses.

Atkins; Hoare Lea; TUV SUD Wallace Whittle; Max Fordham; Method and QODA Consulting are the six firms to have reached this year’s shortlist for the Employer of the Year Award. The winners of the large, medium and small employer categories will be announced on the night along with an overall champion.

Tim Dwyer, who chairs the CIBSE ASHRAE Group and the judging panel for the Graduate Award, said: “The quality of entrants continues to impress the judges and gives us hope for the future of our industry in these uncertain economic times. 

“It is heartening to see firms of all sizes continuing to invest in young engineering talent and the calibre of graduate engineer on show at our awards remains consistently high. We hope these young engineers and innovative employers will act as an inspiration to the sector as a whole.”

The occasion will also see the presentation of the IMechE Construction and Building Services Division annual award and will be followed by the annual ASHRAE Presidential Address given by the Society’s current president, Tim Wentz, visiting specially from the US.

Attendance at the awards event on October 13, starting at 5.30pm and concluding with a hot buffet dinner, is free and open to all, but numbers are restricted so anyone wishing to attend must book their place in advance.