This category is for engineers aged 30 and under who have shown innovative thinking, astute business acumen, made a significant contribution to a project, or demonstrated technical ability through research. Candidates are judged on all round ability - not only academic and work-related achievements - but also their enthusiasm for geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering.
Amey geotechnical engineer Tom Clinton’s love of solving puzzles inspired him to study civil engineering. Moving to geotechnical engineering for his masters, Clinton found “each design can be like designing for the first time – a fresh challenge every day in which I could never get bored”.
According to Amey account manager Tom Bulteel, what differentiates Clinton is that he is an extraordinarily quick learner, whose output is tailored, refined and to the point, but still based on excellent geotechnical knowledge and skill.
Arup senior geotechnical engineer Ben Gilson’s interest in civil engineering came from a desire to positively impact his surroundings. “The practical application of physics drew me to specialise in engineering the ground,” he says. “I enjoyed the variability that the ground provides; no two sites are exactly the same and no one textbook can teach all you need to know.”
Arup associate director Michael Devriendt says that Gilson’s geotechnical skills are complimented by his leadership working on feasible studies on major infrastructure projects to detailed design and construction stages on design and build projects
Inspired by his engineer grandfather, Aecom senior assistant engineer Giannis Kallika liked the idea of working in a challenging profession which combined teamwork, problem solving, innovation and state of the art design.
According to Aecom associate director Krishna Neaupane, Kallika has shown unparalleled enthusiasm across civil engineering, geotechnical engineering and project management in particular. “He has been involved with a wide range of high profile UK and overseas infrastructure projects and has brought his infectious approach to improving the built environment to every member of the teams he has worked in,” says Neaupane.
Neeraj Kumar Sharma
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Hailing from a small town in India, Atkins assistant engineer Neeraj Kumar Sharma was exposed to engineering early in life when he accompanied his father to work at an iron ore plant. His interest was ignited when he saw open cast mine blasting and observed that some soil and rock slopes would stand while others would crumble.
Atkins design manager Abhishek Jain says that Kumar Sharma’s strong commitment, sense of ownership, thoroughness in work, and can-do attitude makes him favourite for any project lead.
It was the construction of building with a basement opposite his childhood home that inspired Arup geotechnical engineer Francesc Mirada to choose civil engineering. He says: “I wanted to study something related with designing things, especially things that I could touch and see in their full glory, like buildings and structures.”
Arup director Paul Morrison believes that Mirada has a bright future. “He is a credit to the engineering profession, he is clearly talented and innovative, but also very generous and ardent team worker,” says Morrison.
CGL senior engineer Kirsty Poore believes she has found her perfect career in ground engineering. Her upbringing on a Welsh farm helped Poore develop a serious interest in geology and given her a great awareness of the environment and the importance of creating things sustainably.
CGL chairman Nick Langdon says that Poore’s passion shines through. “Kirsty has a dynamic and engaging personality that gives confidence to colleagues, contractors and clients alike,” he says. “She backs this with a strong grasp of engineering geology that is delivered through geotechnical or geoenvironmental advice.”
Maths and science fan Monica Steele wanted to work in a profession where she could make a positive impact on people’s lives, safeguard the environment and contribute to the betterment of society. Civil engineering was the natural choice.
Amey senior geotechnical engineer Ashley Turner says that geotechnical engineer Steele has a desire to know the truth regardless of whether or not it agrees with the original idea about something. “This adds a higher level of scrutiny to Monica’s work when solving engineering problems and analysing geotechnical information,” he says.
Thomas St John
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Growing up, Jacobs assistant engineering geologist, Thomas St John was fascinated by engineering projects and structures. But it was studying geology at A-level that St John gained an appreciation of the fundamental role of geotechnics and was inspired to pursue a career that encompassed both geology and engineering.
Jacob’s technical director Stephen Chambers said of St John “He is an excellent professional, extremely knowledgeable, very methodical and very dedicated to everything he does. He is someone you can trust, knowing that his output will be the highest quality and in many cases bring about design and construction efficiency” says Chamber.