A presentation on the use of biomass ash in concrete has won Catriona Salvini the inaugural pan-Scottish Emerging Engineers Award.
The finalists presented on their subject before facing a Q&A session as they competed for the £250 cash prize and the chance to go forward to the regional, UK and international, finals for additional prize money - as well as the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.
At the awards final held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh Catriona beat off competition from fellow contestants: Sarah Woolham-Jaffier presented on the implications of the UK’s back start capacity; Stephen Judge on the use of innovative drone dredging technology; and Jacob Lamb on an investigation into minimum passing distances for cyclists.
The judges – Alastair Templeton, Regional Quality Manager Highways from Jacobs UK; Susan Briggs, Project Manager from Fairhurst; and Dr Mike Briggs, Fellow in Construction Management at the University of Strathclyde – had a difficult task choosing between the contestants and deciding an overall winner.
Entering the awards provides young engineers with a great opportunity to practise writing and presenting their research – perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It also raises their profile and helps promote the entrant’s university or employer while giving them an opportunity to have their paper published.