An evening of celebration, hosted by the ICE London Graduate and Student committee, kickstarted ICE President Paul Sheffield’s online visit to London on Wednesday 20 May.
Over 100 members logged in to find out the ICE London People’s Choice and Individuals award winners, which preceded members hearing from the ICE President and two of his Future Leaders - Hayley Jackson and Chris Lansburgh.
Mimi Nwosu, Assistant Materials Engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine and University of Portsmouth Graduate was awarded as the ICE London Rising Star.
Speaking of her achievement, Mimi Nwosu said:“Winning this is a career milestone, it's the first award of my career and I am so honoured to be recognised by the ICE and to represent Sir Robert McAlpine and the University of Portsmouth."
Read more on Mimi's journey to becoming a civil engineer in her blog.
Also recognised for her achievements was Avu Maake.
Avu was named Emerging Engineer London Award winner for her presentation and paper on The Impact of the Source Separation of Urine on Wastewater Treatment Plants and How this could Potentially Save London's Sewer Systems.
Brogan MacDonald, Graduate Engineer Ramboll won the inaugural ICE London STEM Ambassador of the Year.
Brogan is now representing the London region in the National Award with the winner being revealed next month.
Read more on Brogan's STEM Ambassador activities in our series of STEM blogs.
ICE London People's Choice
The first of the ICE London project awards was celebrated with the announcement of the People’s Choice. Close to 4,000 votes were received from the public to crown the Eastcote Town Centre Improvement in Hillingdon the winner.
Samer Muhandes, Associate at The Project Centre and Project Manager for the scheme said: “Implementing Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Eastcote Town Centre is a great way of combating the effect of climate change and protecting the town centre from flooding. This project has also achieved multiple enhancements to the amenity and biodiversity of the area as well as improving the quality of surface water runoff being ultimately discharged to rivers.
"I am very glad and proud to see these rain gardens being used as educational features and that this project has been recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the public. I hope to see more SuDS being implemented around the world to flatten the flashy runoff curve and tackle climate change”
Judging for the remaining Project awards will take place over the summer with all the finalists in the running for: Bazalgette Award for Sustainability, Best Infrastructure Project, Innovation, Community Benefit, Digital Engineering and the highest honour – The Greatest Contribution to London.
ICE President Paul Sheffield also spoke with London Fellows and other leading figures in London’s infrastructure sector, with a particular focus on leadership during the Covid-19 lockdown and what the future holds for London’s infrastructure.