Four top Leeds students scoop ICE prizes

ICE has recognised the potential of four high-achieving Leeds civil engineering students by presenting them with prestigious awards.

Michaela Petrova (right) receives her certificate from ICE Yorkshire and Humber Junior Vice Chair Liz Green
Michaela Petrova (right) receives her certificate from ICE Yorkshire and Humber Junior Vice Chair Liz Green

Sanduni Walpola, 23, of the University of Leeds and Lumumber Okot, known as Patrick, 41, of Leeds Beckett University were both awarded the ICE Student Prize, which is awarded by ICE at a national level to the best civil engineering student at each university running courses the institution accredits.

Both graduate this year, Sanduni with an MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering, which she began in 2013, and Lumumber with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering, which he started in 2014.

Sanduni achieved the highest marks in her cohort; her final year research project on lightweight structures achieved a first class mark of 84% and has secured a job with civil engineering firm Atkins. Lumumber's academic performance was exemplary over the course of his degree and he helped to mentor other students.

ICE's Regional Committee also awarded prizes to Michaela Petrova, 23, of Leeds Beckett University and Edwin Griffin, 20, of the University of Leeds. Michaela graduated this year with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering and throughout her studies received excellent grades. Edwin has completed two years of a MEng course in Architectural Engineering, in the second year of which he had an average mark of 88%, and he is expected to graduate in 2019.

ICE Regional Director Penny Marshall said: "Sanduni, Lumumber, Michaela and Edwin have all demonstrated a commitment to civil engineering as a profession, as well as their competence in its various disciplines. It is inspiring to see four young people doing so well, I am sure they will be a credit to our industry. They join dozens of civil engineers who will graduate from Yorkshire's 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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