ICE Yorkshire and Humber graduate Selina Rai has taken top spot in the ICE Emerging Engineers Award 2020.
Leeds-based engineer Selina Rai, who works as a structural engineer for Arup in Leeds, has won the international final of the ICE International Emerging Engineers Award.
ICE Yorkshire and Humber finalist Selina battled against three other finalists from across the group and wowed a panel of judges with her presentation on the effect of staggered openings on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete shear walls.
She wins £1,500 cash prize and a prestigious Institution Medal.
Selina said: "The ICE Emerging Engineers Award has been an excellent opportunity to develop my written communication and presentation skills – soft skills that are essential for engineers. I honed my ability to deliver technical information in an engaging and as simple a way as possible for a wide range of audiences. It’s also been a great confidence booster as I continue to work on my public speaking skills. Although, this event was slightly different in that I was presenting to my laptop as opposed to a live audience at One Great George Street!
"For any ICE graduate and student members reading this that are intrigued, I would definitely encourage you to throw your hat into the ring for next year's competition! Share your research, develop vital communication skills and raise your profile within your company and the industry along the way."
Penny Marshall, ICE Yorkshire and Humber regional director, said: “This event is a great opportunity for graduate and student members to prepare for professional qualification by sharing their experiences of civil engineering.
“We receive hundreds of entries for this award every year and Selina has battled them all to come out triumphant. I am delighted for Selina and this win is very well deserved.”
The award is aimed a student, graduate and trainee technician members, and encourages and rewards the communication of civil engineering ideas, research and best practice in projects and design.
Candidates from across the world submitted synopsis papers which led to the four finalists being required to present their full paper to a panel of judges. This year is the first time the presentations have taken place via video link due to Covid-19 restrictions.