Engineering awards for Newcastle students

ICE North East has recognised the potential of high-achieving Newcastle civil engineering graduates by presenting them with prestigious awards.

Robert Mounter receiving the ICE Student Prize from Chairman Sarah Kellerman
Robert Mounter receiving the ICE Student Prize from Chairman Sarah Kellerman

Robert Mounter, who studied at Newcastle University since 2013 and graduated this summer with first class honours in his MEng Civil and Structural Engineering Degree, was awarded the ICE Student Prize.

He averaged 70% or above in all four years of his studies, with an unbeatable 98% in a third year structural analysis module. Robert's MEng dissertation project also scored highly, as he received a 75% pass mark.

The ICE Student Prize is awarded by ICE at a national level to the best civil engineering student at universities running courses, which the institution accredits.

Thomas Ward, a student at Northumbria University, who graduated with a first class honours in BEng Civil Engineering, was also awarded the ICE Student Prize. He achieved an overall mark of 76%, with the majority of his marks across all components of the degree over 70%, including 75% for his final year thesis project.

Kuan Koey, Robert's classmate, was presented with the ICE Regional Award, having graduated with the second highest marks in Newcastle University's cohort. Kuan also achieved 98% in a structural analysis module, in his second year, and was deemed an excellent asset to the team of students on a Global Engineering module, which constructed a gravity water system in a remote community in Malaysian Borneo.

ICE Regional Director Penny Marshall said: "All three graduates have demonstrated their commitment to civil engineering as a profession, as well as their competence in its various disciplines. It is inspiring to see young people doing so well, and I am sure Robert, Thomas and Kuan will be a credit to our industry.

"They are but three of dozens of civil engineers who graduated from North East universities this summer, who will design and build the infrastructure that our region relies on.

"There has never been a more exciting time to get into civil engineering, as advances in technology are changing how we work, live and spend our leisure time. This is demonstrated by the increasingly diverse women and men, of all ages, who are choosing to join the profession."

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