Rachel Murnaghan, a graduate engineer at Arup, has won the Northern Ireland regional heat of the ICE Emerging Engineers Award
The award aims to find the best graduate or student paper on any area of engineering design, research or practice.
Murnaghan impressed the judges with her presentation on Arup’s Living with Water Programme (LWWP). She highlighted the challenge engineers face of protecting and enhancing the natural environment, while supporting Belfast's economic growth.
Her key message was that the future success of the city was at significant risk without a step change in its sewage infrastructure and storm water management.
Philip Brown, Engineering Director at GRAHAM and panel judge, commented:
“The quality of papers presented this year gave us a tough task selecting a winner. Commiserations to Daryl Marshall (Arup) and Edward Mason (AECOM) whose presentations were creative and showed a great passion for civil engineering.
"We wish Rachel all the best in the next stage of this competition as well as in her career.”
Through to the next round
Murnaghan's paper will now be put forward to the international judging panel, where she could be in with a chance of being awarded the prestigious Institution Medal for overall winning entry.
She said she was delighted to have been awarded the Brennan Cup at the ceremony in Belfast on 21 January 2019.
"I am also very proud to be representing the ICE NI at the next stage of the competition," she added.