East Midlands - awards

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ICE East Midlands works to promote and celebrate the outstanding work of members. It organises awards to recognise exceptional projects, teamwork and individual excellence.

Discover more about the projects and people that help shape the world around you.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

previous winner of the EMMA awards

East Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs)

The EMMAs are presented annually to the best civil engineering projects or to ground-breaking research in the region. All types and sizes of project are considered - past entries range from local schemes costing tens of thousands of pounds, to multi-million pound cross-county infrastructure work. They're presented at the Annual Gala Dinner.

Find out more about the East Midlands Merit Awards

Recognising individual achievement

Our East Midlands branch organises and supports awards which showcase the outstanding achievements of ICE members.

William Kemp award

William Kemp award

This is ICE East Midlands’ premier award. Each year it is won by someone who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over the course of their career. The winner may not be a civil engineer, but will have made an outstanding contribution to the profession or or certain aspects of it, such as design, research, education, investigation and management.

Previous winner

Adrian Coy, winner of the 2016 William Kemp Award
Adrian Coy, winner of the 2016 William Kemp Award

Adrian Coy, ICE Vice President Membership and Diversity won the William Kemp Award in 2016. Adrian received his award for his drive and devotion to improving the East Midlands' sustainable environment, for the support and care he provided to our local communities and for his boundless energy and enthusiasm for ICE, both in the East Midlands and nationally, and shaping the institution to meet the needs of its members.

The award is for an individual that over the course makes a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands, not necessarily as a civil engineer, but through their engagement in areas such as design, research, education and leadership.

Adrian has also chaired the State of the Nation Steering Group and more recently, as the Vice President for Membership and Diversity played a huge role in moving the Institution forward with respect to a broader and more diverse membership. Above all this Adrian inspires people and encourages us to meet the changing needs of society.


Communications competition

Communications competition

This competition is open to students and graduates with no more than seven years of industry experience. If you're working towards technician membership you can also enter the competition, provided you have no more than ten years' industry experience.

It gives young engineers the opportunity to develop their communication and business-presentation skills. It involves a role-play public consultation based around a mock engineering scheme proposal.

You can find out more on the main Communications Competition page.

Previous winner

Winners of the East Midlands 2014 Communications Competition
Winners of the 2014 East Midlands Communications competition

The East Midlands 2014 Communications Competition was won by Jonathan Grey, Rob Giles, Mike Godley and Matt Harrison, a team of final year MEng Civil Engineering students from Loughborough University. They eventually finished third in the national finals.

Meet a former winner

ICE London team meet former president Geoff French
2014 winners meet then ICE president Geoff French

A team from Transport for London, representing ICE London, won the 2014 Communications Competition with their presentation on the East End tube extension scheme. Chair of the judging panel, Past President, Geoff French, said: "The TfL team particularly impressed me with their ability to communicate the scheme and its impact in a way that would be understood by the public."

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award is open to graduates and students. Entrants must write and present papers on a topic of their choice.

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Previous winner

Dominik Fecher
Dominik Fecher

The South East of England is facing a fresh water shortage. Thames Water, the largest clean and wastewater service provider in the UK report continued increases in freshwater demand will result in a supply deficit by 2021. My research focused on the viability of increasing freshwater supply within the Thames Basin by reducing evaporative losses from open water storage reservoirs utilising suspended shade material.

On a global scale evaporation from reservoirs is the second largest consumer of freshwater. Potential increases in freshwater supply were quantified through laboratory testing to simulate UK climatic conditions and direct comparison of a covered and uncovered water body. The economic viability of utilising suspended shade materials was assessed by completing a discounted cash flow analysis based on the current unit value of freshwater.

Currently I am a Project Designer for Mott Macdonald Bentley delivering a batch of twelve Ultraviolet light disinfection units for Severn Trent Water under a Design and Build contract. I joined Mott Macdonald Bentley in the summer of 2014 following graduation from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (hons) in Civil Engineering.

My passion for water security originates from my time living abroad where I experienced a severe drought, I developed a strong appreciation of the social, economic and environmental challenges caused by water stress.

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Samuel Donaldson winner of the 2014 Emerging Engineers Award
Samuel Donaldson meets ICE President David Balmforth

Competition heats for the Emerging Engineers Award take place across the UK. Winning papers are short-listed by the international judging panel. Three top finalists are then invited to present their papers at the international final.

Find out more about the final

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