Ryan was taking part in the East of England final of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Emerging Engineers competition at the Holiday Inn, Cambridge on Wednesday 8 March.
In a presentation titled 'Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure', Ryan explained the benefits of concrete containing plastic fibres. It allows for movements, reduces the risk of structural cracks and enables monitoring. It can even be used to repair existing concrete surfaces.
Ryan works for AECOM in St Albans. His paper will be considered along with other winners throughout the UK. Three will be selected for the international final in London later this year. The winner will receive £1,500 and an Institution medal.
Runner up was Michael Ridley from Skanska at Maple Cross. He received £150 for his paper titled 'Optimal Scheduling of Inspections and Monitoring for Fatigue Assessment in Offshore Wind Turbines'.
This Emerging Engineers competition is held annually to promote and reward excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.