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Northern Ireland Emerging Engineers Award 2022

Event organised by ICE

14 March 2022

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The Emerging Engineers Award (Brennan Cup in NI) is a competition open to ICE Graduate and Student members. Applicants submit and present their paper which may be on any topic related to civil engineering. The competition gives applicants an opportunity to highlight their technical expertise as well as showcase their communication skills.

We are seeking to provide a balanced and comfortable environment for this event, given that it will be our first partially in-person activity since the beginning of the pandemic. Audience members in the room will be strictly limited in number but if you would like to join the hybrid event online, we would be delighted. Please book your online viewing place using the button above.

We anticipate that the three NI finalists will present their papers in person to the judging panel, with their presentations broadcast online for the remote audience.

Heat winners from all regions are further shortlisted to three finalists who will present their papers again at the Emerging Engineers Award International Final in Autumn 2022, which will decide the overall ICE Emerging Engineer 2022.


Shay Durnin

Shay Durnin



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Shay Durnin

Following Graduation from Queens University Belfast, Shay Joined AECOM with a MEng in Civil Engineering.

Since beginning his early career Shay has been involved in a variety of transportation projects, initially working on strategic road improvement schemes in Northern Ireland and then pedestrian and cycle safety improvement schemes in England.

Shay’s work is now focused within Ireland, as a Scheme Designer and Project Engineer. He is currently seconded to the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Cycle Design Office (CDO) where he develops schemes to invigorate active travel in Ireland.

Mark Coughlin

Mark Coughlin


Undergraduate Engineer

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Mark Coughlin

Mark is an undergraduate student who has so far completed 3 years of study for an MEng in Structural Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Currently, he is mid-way through his industrial placement year with Design ID, during which time he has gained a variety of experience; from challenging Temporary Works designs for several bridge constructions, to designing complex connections on bespoke steelwork projects.

Mark has a keen interest in developing his technical design ability, aiming to achieve his Certificate in Structural Behaviour from IStructE. He also has a passion for incorporating technological advancements within the industry. Specifically, within the field of Structural Health Monitoring, Mark has researched how computer-vision techniques can be implemented to measure dynamic bridge displacement.

Patrick Montgomery

Patrick Montgomery


Graduate Civil Engineer

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Patrick Montgomery

Patrick Montgomery is a Graduate Civil Engineer and joined the Arup Infrastructure North Team after achieving a First-Class Degree from the University of Portsmouth with previous placement experience working for Network Rail in York.

He has experience working on a mixture of multi-disciplinary rail projects across Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England including Transpennine Route Upgrade, Portobello Junction and various Translink projects including station upgrades and track renewals.

Patrick specialises in lineside rail civils design with CAD software packages to produce high quality 3-D models within common data environments. He has an aspiring interest to take a more data minded approach to engineering projects and utilise the full advantages of BIM.

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Emma Barwell