Emerging Engineers Award: who will win in 2021?

The competition showcases the best work of ICE’s young engineers.

The Emerging Engineers competition is aimed at student, graduate and trainee technician members and encourages and rewards the communication of civil engineering ideas, research and best practice in projects and design.

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Heats take place across the ICE regions, and candidates from across the world are invited to submit synopsis papers with the final selection of three papers for the overall Emerging Engineer Award final in October each year.

2020 was the first time the presentations have taken place via video link and the final can be watched below.


Regional heats are underway

Regional heats for 2021 are currently underway. For those regions that have completed their heats, the winners details are showcased below.

Find out further information including entry dates and local contact details for those still to take place.

Check back here regularly to get up-to-date information on the competition.

2021 regional finalists

Northern Ireland
Niamh Treanor

The ICE Northern Ireland regional heat was held 1 March 2021. Winner, Niamh Treanor (Design ID) impressed the judges with her presentation on ‘The Blackwater Bridge Replacement Scheme.’

Her paper detailed why the precast concrete arch design was adopted as the most favourable solution, and how the design and coordination role was managed with the challenges presented. From many site constraints, complex contractual arrangements, challenging Statutory Body liaison, and project schedule changes amidst a global pandemic - this paper concludes how civil engineering, and the broader project context requires effective communication skills and compromise to successfully complete a project.

Watch Niamh's presentation

South East England

Captain Jordan Gask wins Kent & East Sussex competition with paper on risk analysis technology

Jordan Gask

In a close competition, Royal Engineer Captain Jordan Gask won the Kent and East Sussex branch Emerging Engineers competition presenting his paper The Use of Monte Carlo Simulation to Estimate the Probability of Encountering and Detecting Unexploded Bombs During Construction Activities.

“In my opinion, the primary role of an engineer is to manage engineering risk, and Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) is an extremely powerful tool that can help us assess risk more consistently and more precisely. I used Unexploded Bombs (UXBs) to demonstrate an area that I think would benefit from MCS, but in reality, its application is limitless,” said Jordan Gask.

Jordan will now advance to the South East England regional final in June, where the winner will be considered for the international final.


Runners up

Michael Kennedy (Queen’s University Belfast) and Harriet Millar (Design ID) presented well, making the final decision for the judges a difficult one.

Michael presented on ‘An assessment of carbon stocks in coastal wetlands under sea-level rise’, whilst Harriet’s presentation considered ‘Three-dimensional Groundwater Flow Modelling of Cell Bunding for Peatland Restoration at Ballynahone Bog, Northern Ireland.’