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, past 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.

Entry forms for the 2017 competition will be available from the ICE East Midlands Regional Support Team.

Previous winner

Winners of the East Midlands 2016 Communications Competition
Winners of the 2016 East Midlands Communications competition

The East Midlands 2016 Communications Competition was won by Alex Backhouse, Robin Bell, Joel Brook, Stefan Herrera and Christoph Turck from Loughborough University.

Meet a former winner

2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges
2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges

ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”

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

Rosalie Miller
Rosalie Miller

Previous winners of the Emerging Engineers Award include Rosalie Miller for her paper: 'Slipforming Concrete Mix.'

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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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