STEM ambassadors shine at Yorkshire & Humber awards

Graduate member Nasar Adam and Chartered Civil Engineer Kate Watson were amongst those being recognised at this year’s Yorkshire and Humber Regional Education Awards

Nasar Adam receives his certificate from the President.
Nasar Adam receives his certificate from the President.

The Regional Education Team presents three awards to individuals and companies that have made a significant contribution to the ICE ambassador scheme during the previous school year, and helped raise the profile of civil engineering among young people.

The New Ambassador Award, presented to a new member of the scheme who has made an impact within their first year, was awarded to Nasar Adam, a Graduate Civil Engineer working for JN Bentley.

ICE Regional Education Coordinator Josie Rothera said "Nasar has been active in careers fairs and attended a number of structured activities, including one at his old school. He has balanced this commitment to encouraging young people into engineering careers with a demanding role at JN Bentley and embarking on the route to professional membership.

He is a wonderful, enthusiastic individual who has also been instrumental in recruiting more graduates to help with schools activities. A big thank you!"

Kate Watson, Athena SWAN and Women in Engineering Project Manager at the University of Sheffield, received this year's Special Recognition Award, for a member who has contributed significantly to the Regional Education and ambassador teams.

Josie said "Kate has received this year's award for her ongoing support to the education team, not only in her own time, but also in promoting how ICE can support schools and events in the region. She often approaches ICE with requests to support high profile events and is a great ambassador for women in engineering.

Her role now at the University of Sheffield allows us to work with the engineering department to attract more students into engineering careers. An award that only skims the contribution that she has given to ICE. Thanks Kate!"

Finally, the Company Award is presented each year to an organisation that has contributed significantly to the promotion of the profession by stimulating an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in students, inspiring young people about civil engineering careers, and supporting their graduates in developing their skills to become a professional engineer.

Nominations were invited and the submissions were judged by an independent panel to choose a winner. The decision was difficult and very close, but judges Liz Green from the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Committee, Josie Rothera from the Regional Education Team, and Annette Valentine from EngineeringUK, awarded first place and the Cable Cup, to Jacobs.

Network Rail were also highly commended for their submission, and A-One+ and TSP both received commendations.

Congratulations to all!