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Emerging Engineers Award

Promoting and rewarding outstanding communication of civil engineering ideas and research.

The award is open to all ICE student and graduate members, as well as apprentices holding professionally qualified membership and continuing on their apprenticeship.

The Emerging Engineers Award promotes and rewards excellence in the originality and communication of civil engineering ideas and research.

It does this by creating an opportunity for ICE student and graduate members, as well as apprentices at either of these grades or holding professionally qualified membership as IEng MICE or EngTech MICE and continuing on their apprenticeship, to showcase their knowledge and talent to the wider civil engineering community.

Entering this competition gives members the opportunity to enhance their written and verbal presentation skills, showcase their work and enhance continuing professional development, particularly in support of professional review preparation. The ability to communicate technical concepts in a clear manner to a varied audience is a key skill for civil engineers, and this competition provides opportunity to enhance online and/or in person presentation skills. There is also opportunity to be selected for publication of the winning paper in one of the ICE technical journals.

There are prizes for regional winners and the overall winner receives a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Heats take place across the ICE regions with the final selection of three papers for the overall Emerging Engineers Award final in October each year.

Volunteers running the regional heats can find out more in the guidance document.

Emerging Engineers Award 2024

This page will be updated as and when regional dates are confirmed.

UK regional heat prize money:

  • 3rd place: £100
  • 2nd place: £150
  • 1st place: £250

East Midlands

  • Regional heat applications open (400 word synopsis): Monday 04 March - Friday 05 April 2024
  • Regional finalists notified: Friday 12 April 2024
  • Submission of final papers: Friday 10 May 2024
  • Regional final held (online): Wednesday 29 May 2024
  • Winner announced at the EMMA's: Friday 07 June 2024

London

The competition has ended for 2024. 

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected]

North East

  • Open for entries: Monday 18 March 2024
  • Close/synopsis deadline: Friday 26 April 2024
  • Finalists notified: Friday 03 May 2024
  • Full report submission (shortlisted finalists only): Friday 31 May 2024
  • Regional heat in Newcastle: Thursday 20 June 2024

For any enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

Northern Ireland

The competition has ended for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

Scotland

  • Regional heat applications open (400 word synopsis): Monday 11 March – Monday 08 April 2024
  • Regional shortlist announced: Thursday 25 April 2024
  • Deadline for submission of final papers (shortlisted candidates only): Friday17 May 2024
  • Regional final: Thursday 06 June 2024

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

South East

  • Regional applications open (400 word synopsis): Wednesday 06 March - Tuesday 30 April 2024
  • Regional finalists notified: Thursday 16 May 2024
  • Submission of final papers: Friday 07 June 2024
  • Regional final face to face and South East Winner announced: Friday 28 June 2024 Venue: TBC

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

South West

  • Deadline for synopses (400 words): Monday 08 April 2024
  • Regional shortlist announced: Thursday 25 April 2024
  • Deadline for full papers (shortlisted candidates only): Friday 17 May 2024
  • Regional final: Thursday 06 June 2024

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Wales
  • Deadline for synopses: Friday 03 May 2024
  • Finalists notified: Friday 17 May 2024
  • Submission of final papers: Friday 31 May 2024
  • Regional heats: Friday 14 June 2024

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected] 

West Midlands

  • Regional heat applications open (400 word synopsis): Wednesday 06 March - Monday 08 April 2024
  • Regional finalists notified: Tuesday 16 April 2024
  • Submission of final papers: Tuesday 14 May 2024
  • Regional final held (online) and West Midlands Winner announced: Friday 31 May 2024

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected] 

Yorkshire and Humber

  • Open for entries: Monday 18 March 2024
  • Close/synopsis deadline: Friday 26 April 2024
  • Finalists notified: Friday 03 May 2024
  • Full report submission (shortlisted finalists only): Friday 31 May 2024
  • Regional heat in Leeds: Tuesday 04 June 2024

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected] 

Emerging Engineers Award 2024

This page will be updated as and when regional dates are confirmed. 

Hong Kong

The competition has ended for 2024. 

For any enquiries, please contact Mr Matthew Li at [email protected].

Republic of Ireland

The competition has ended for 2024. 

Regional awards and prizes:

  • Regional winner: €150, a certificate, and invitation to the ICE Republic of Ireland Annual Dinner
  • Regional shortlist: certificate

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected] 

United Arab Emirates

The deadlines for the various stages of the event for the United Arab Emirates are as follows:

  • Abstract submission: 15 March 2024
  • Shortlist notification: 02 April 2024
  • Final paper submission: 03 May 2024
  • Final presentations: 04 June 2024

Prizes for UAE:

  • 1st Prize: AED 3,000
  • 2nd Prize: AED 1,500
  • 3rd Prize: AED 1,000

Submissions and any enquiries to be emailed to: [email protected] 

Middle East and North Africa

The deadlines for the various stages of the event for the remaining countries in MENA region are as follows:

  • Abstract submission: 15 March 2024
  • Shortlist notification: 02 April 2024
  • Final paper submission: 03 May 2024
  • Final presentations: 06 June 2024

Prizes for MENA:

  • 1st Prize: AED 3,000 (equivalent in local currency)
  • 2nd Prize: AED 1,500 (equivalent in local currency)
  • 3rd Prize: AED 1,000 (equivalent in local currency)

Submissions and any enquiries to be emailed to: [email protected] 

Africa

The Emerging Engineers Award does not currently run in this region. If you are interested in running the competition, please email [email protected]

Americas

The competition has not yet opened for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

Australasia

The competition has not yet opened for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

Europe

The competition has not yet opened for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

East Asia

The competition has not yet opened for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

South Asia

The competition has not yet opened for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

South East Asia

The competition has not yet opened for 2024.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] 

2023 award winners

Jamie Graham, winner of the ICE Northern Ireland Emerging Engineers Award 2023

Northern Ireland

Jamie Graham

Jamie (Queen’s University, Belfast) impressed the judges with the presentation of his paper Cross Laminated Timber from Domestic Sources.

Jamie’s paper specifically related to timber drying and Stika spruce as a viable construction material for cross-laminated timber (CLT).

The paper concluded with the recommendation that Irish CLT be considered as a viable future construction material from the perspective of timber dimensional stability. Civil and structural engineers are responsible for a significant portion of the emissions released globally today; domestic CLT offers the opportunity to drastically reduce the emissions associated with construction and introduce an innovative new material to the construction sector in the UK and Ireland.

Jeremy Ng, winner of the ICE Hong Kong Emerging Engineers 2023

Hong Kong

Jeremy Ng

Jeremy Ng impressed the judges with his presentation titled “Environmentally friendly recycling and functionalising of manganese from spent alkaline batteries”. Conventional electronic waste treatment methods, such as landfilling and incineration, negatively impact the environment.

Jeremy performed two X-Ray diffraction experiments and confirmed that manganese oxide from spent alkaline battery is in the form of manganese (II, III) oxide (Mn3O4) and that aluminium was doped inside the structure of Mn3O4.

Upon carrying out the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), he adopted linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques to evaluate the catalytic performance and efficiency of recycling manganese by OER.

Jeremy concluded that manganese oxide in the form of Mn3O4(s) carried a positive impact on the catalytic activity of OER, which would manifest in the sustainability of reusing manganese from spent batteries.

Nilesh Jeetah, winner of the ICE South West Emerging Engineers 2023

South West

Nilesh Jeetah

Nilesh, a civil engineering student at the University of Plymouth, presented research which could have important implications for the future development of floating offshore wind.

His paper investigated the buckling analysis of cylindrical steel members under combined axial load and bending moment using numerical modelling. The aim was to gain a better understanding of the behaviour of the cylindrical steel shells that make up the floating platforms for offshore wind turbines.

Ultimately, the research informs the potential for scaling up the technology, paving the way for improvements in efficiency, cost-effectiveness and reliability.

Dominic Corr, winner of the ICE North East and Yorkshire and Humber Emerging Engineers 2023

North East and Yorkshire and Humber

Dominic Corr

Dominic Corr, civil engineer at Arup and graduate of Newcastle University, has won the combined North East and Yorkshire and Humber regional Emerging Engineers final.

He impressed the judges with his paper which investigated the merits of new forms of urban junctions designed to accommodate all road users.

In his presentation, Corr covered the need for sustainable transport, active travel and issues around traditional junction design, and how it can be improved by adopting alternatives such as the ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout and ‘Cyclops’ junction.

Overall, the paper outlined that it’s evident that the devised ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout and ‘Cyclops’ junction layouts offered improved provision for all road users.

This demonstrates several merits across the four threads of spatial efficiency, delay, capacity and safety.

Katie O'Neill, winner of the ICE Scotland Emerging Engineers 2023

Scotland

Katie O'Neill

Katie O’Neill has been named ICE Scotland’s Emerging Engineer 2023 for her paper on different approaches to bridge suicide prevention barriers.

O’Neill, a fourth-year civil engineering with architecture student at the University of Glasgow, looked at various case studies of bridges which have historically been used as sites for suicide, and how deaths could be prevented.

She also designed a potential solution for the Forth Road Bridge.

Commenting on winning the competition, O'Neill said: “Engineers have a social responsibility to protect public safety, health, and welfare...

“Prevention of suicidal behaviour remains a complex and imperfect art - one of the few strategies that has been proven as effective is reducing the availability of means. So by designing tall bridges that cannot be jumped from, engineers can reduce suicides.”

Archie Williams, winner of the ICE Wales Emerging Engineers 2023

Wales

Archie Williams

Archie Williams, a civil engineering student at Swansea University, has won the regional final after presenting his paper entitled ‘Implementing strategies for sustainability within the construction industry’.

Williams research, by means of a questionnaire, revealed that overall, the industry is aware of these technologies but doesn’t use them often enough or to their full potential.

This is caused by several barriers, the most prevalent being the lack of proper guidance or legislation.

To combat this, the RIBA Plan of Work was scrutinised, specifically looking at stages 4, 5 and 7.

Each stage was evaluated in relation to its sustainability, and additional core tasks provided to further guide construction companies through crucial responsibilities relating to sustainability.

The lack of legislation has been addressed and that sustainable design should now be more attainable on all types of projects.

Williams has finished his third year at Swansea University and is going back in September for his masters in civil engineering. He’s also an ICE QUEST scholar.

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