Here are the finalists for the Engineering category
Serban Berariu - WSP
Serban is an Undergraduate Civil Engineer at WSP Group/Parsons Brinckerhoff in Southampton. As an ICE student member, he attends weekly events and seminars and intends to become a STEM ambassador.
At university he worked as a Transition Buddy, assisting first year engineering students with the process of settling into the university life, having moved to the UK to study himself. He is involved with “Energy Day: Schools as Future Models of Sustainable Public Buildings” as part of the European Union Sustainable Week and volunteered at Southampton University’s environmental initiative “Southampton Blackout”, in order to raise awareness among students about the direct impact of our own carbon footprint.
Morgan Cain - Mouchel
Morgan is a Drainage Technician for Mouchel in Cornwall. One of his career highlights has been receiving a promotion within a year of starting in the industry, progressing from a trainee technician, to a technician. After securing an apprenticeship with Mouchel, he was placed with the Exeter highways drainage team meaning he was learning a new career and attending college one day a week, whilst contending with a 120 mile commute every day. An avid fundraiser for many charities Morgan also had the opportunity to attend the "Have a go skills show" in Exeter to inspire young people about Civil Engineering and apprenticeships in the industry.
Tim Cutter - Cundall
Tim is a Civil Engineer at Cundall and is based in Durham. Tim has worked on projects across the UK and worldwide including the Rio 2016 Olympics White Water Rafting Course. Tim struggled as a child with Dyspraxia which was dismissed at laziness until he was officially diagnosed with the condition. Having initially avoided mentioning the condition at work he now mentors young people and works in schools explaining his personal experiences with the condition and that support is available. He is a mentor for the Arkwright Scholarship assisting a sixth form student interested in a career in Engineering. He is also part of the ICE North East regional education committee and regularly takes part in career days at secondary schools through Cundall.
John Donaghy - AECOM
John is a graduate civil engineer in the AECOM UK rail team and was a finalist in the NCE Graduate of the Year Awards program for 2014. John is the founder of Engineering Design for Social Innovation (EDSI), which aims to connect the dots between people and engineering. EDSI promotes the values of personal identity, respect and diversity within engineering, which are close to John’s heart as he has worked to overcome the challenges of Specific Learning Difficulties. John is passionate about social change and has recently completed a Field Course in social innovation with the UN University of Peace and Design for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) in South East Asia.
Michael McClean - AECOM
Michael is a Technician at AECOM from Northern Ireland. The key highlight of his career has been working as a lead technician of Northern Ireland Water’s Integrated Wastewater Framework and the Framework for Small Sewerage Schemes. His academic development over the last 6 years has been managed through AECOM's STEP programme which has enabled him to develop his professional qualifications on a part-time basis, whilst working on projects. As a young father this was a route that helped him progress while looking after his family. Michael plans to be involved in STEM over the next year and is passionate about ensuring those with aspirations of becoming engineers can fulfil their goals.
Nicola McClure - AECOM
Nicola is a Graduate Building Services Engineer at AECOM in Northern Ireland, and is very proud to be working as an Engineer without ever studying Engineering. She trained as an Architect, graduating in 2009 in the middle of the recession in Northern Ireland. Nicola decided to take the compulsory year out of her studies to secure entrance to a Masters degree. She thought it was best to pursue other interests in the industry and eventually began her career as a Sustainability Assistant. She then went on to becoming a Graduate Engineer at AECOM. She believes her background in Architecture has helped hone skills in Engineering and has brought a more people orientated response to design strategies. Nicola has single-handedly developed her teams BIM capabilities whilst being mentored and developed in the field of M&E Engineering.
Victoria Molina - AECOM
Victoria is a Highways Engineer at AECOM in Birmingham. One of the biggest highlights in her career was being involved in the preparation of a mega project tender (The Qatar Expressways) when just a graduate. She also reached the Manchester Paper competition final in 2011, giving her first presentation to ICE members in the region. She has also been awarded an AECOM Excellence Award in 2012, and recently was interviewed by the Birmingham Post to celebrate the First National Women in Engineering Day. In her role she was involved in setting up a recruitment programme to bring Spanish Graduate Civil Engineers to work in the UK, linking AECOM to five Spanish Universities. She also attends school and college seminars to encourage and inspire young people to work in the industry.
Yvonne Murphy - Arup
Yvonne is a Civil Engineer for Arup based in Cardiff. A key highlight for Yvonne was managing the delivery of a flood risk management scheme for a small valley community in South Wales, protecting a local community and promoting sustainability. Yvonne is a dedicated volunteer ambassador promoting Civil Engineering outside of work and is a member of Engineers Without Borders Young Professionals Network, RedR, and Engineers for Overseas Development. She championed women in engineering as a Science Foundation Ireland Scholar in Ireland and as a voluntary University Mentor through the UCC ‘University-Link Peer Support’ programme. She is a member of the ICE and has been an active elected member on the ICE Wales’ Graduate and Students Group.