The Rising Star Award shortlist is drawn from the winners of the inaugural GE Next Generation Awards 2014, which celebrate excellence across ground investigation, geoenvironmental engineering and geotechnics.
Lauren Doughty – Arup
Demonstrating a broad range of practical experience and design work, Lauren Doughty was named Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year (26-30) at the Next Generation Awards. Doughty describes engineering as an inspiring subject to study and even more rewarding as a career. Three years after graduating with a degree in engineering design with study in industry, she now works for Arup as part of the geotechnics team.
Rebecca Fasham – Amey
Demonstrating all of these qualities in abundance, it’s clear to see why Rebecca Fasham has been awarded Apprentice of the Year 2014. Within the space of five years, Fasham has completely overhauled her career prospects. In her own words, she has grown from a “college dropout” to a “successful and passionate geotechnical technician”. Fasham’s passion and diligence was also recognised in 2010 by the ICE when she was awarded a QUEST Technician Scholarship.
Isaac Griffiths – Atkins
Isaac Griffiths impressed the Next Generation Awards judges with his level of enthusiasm and business acumen. Winner of the Young Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year award, Griffiths didn’t study engineering at undergraduate level, instead opting for a degree in geography. However, the geotechnical aspects of the course piqued his interest and provided a solid foundation for a career in ground investigation. Griffiths joined the ground engineering team at Atkins in 2009. His role at the company has seen him work on the London Gateway Port – Rail Corridor Project, working as geotechnical resident engineer and advising the contractor on geotechnical issues.
Georgios Katsigiannis – University College of London
Georgios Katsigiannis claimed the title of Postgraduate Student of the Year at the GE Next Generation Awards. He is currently a UCL engineering research student sponsored by Arup and has been twice awarded the Junior Researcher Grant for outstanding research with European impact. Katsigiannis has also taken on additional responsibility as the organiser of the annual international workshop on EC7 & New Design Challenges and has been appointed secretary of the ISSMGE ETC10 on “Evaluation of Eurocode 7”.
Thomas Levick – Amey
Thomas Levick joined Amey in 2011 and has since chaired geoenvironmental forums to build awareness of key issues at the company, as well as supporting on a wide variety of engineering schemes. Levick, winner of the GE Next Generation Young Geoenvironmental Engineer of the Year category, has committed to developing not only his own technical skills but also in promoting the understanding of others in the team through the provision of training courses, seminars and presentations. Demonstrating an ability to put academic knowledge into practice, Levick has recently taken responsibility as lead geoenvironmental engineer for a scheme in Landfill Gas Mitigation valued at £500,000.
Jignasha Panchal – City University London
Despite stiff competition, Jignasha Panchal was awarded the Undergraduate of the Year title at the GE Next Generation Awards. Panchal’s love of engineering was clear to the judges who were impressed by the fact that she is already contributing to advancing industry knowledge. Currently studying a masters in civil engineering, Panchal has also undertaken a 12-month industrial placement with Dyer and Butler at Heathrow. Her work has been used to improve safety on site by ensuring appropriate plant use.