Fraser Galbraith of engineering, consulting and construction firm MWH, now part of Stantec, overcame extremely strong competition to win the Institution of Civil Engineers' 2016 UAE Emerging Engineers Awards.
Fraser's submission, entitled 'The Power of Pipe: Is it the Real Deal?', examined the potential of a newly developed energy recovery system to support the region's power generation needs.
His paper, which was presented to a panel of ICE judges in a tense competition between five exceptional finalists, carefully considers the advantages and disadvantages of the new method, taking into account issues such as cost, sustainability and ease of use.
Fraser will now be shortlisted into the ICE's international Emerging Engineers Awards Final for a cash prize and an Institution Medal.
After learning of his success, he said: "I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been selected for this award. The event and the support provided by the ICE for young engineers in the region has been amazing. I would also like to congratulate the other finalists and I look forward to battling it out again next year."
The ICE judges also recognised the excellent submissions of fellow finalists Edward Stowe of CH2M (second place), Eldre Thesnaar of CH2M (third place), Taher Kapadia of University of Bolton RAK and Amrutha Venugopal of Atkins.
The Emerging Engineers Awards was set up to promote and reward excellence in the originality and communication of civil engineering ideas and research. Entrants had to submit a paper on an engineering related topic which was then judged by an independent panel of ICE jurors.
Max Steele, chair of the ICE UAE Graduate and Students Committee, said: "We had an unprecedented number for entries for this year's Emerging Engineers Award, which resulted in some tough competition and interesting topics from across the civil engineering industry.
"The final was very close but Fraser was a deserving winner, with an outstanding submission. I hope the same level of interest and competiveness will be met in next year's competition."
The Emerging Engineers Awards provides civil engineering students and newly qualified professionals with an opportunity to develop their communications skills and confidence in public speaking. The competition also enables the ICE to showcase some of the deep engineering talent from across the UAE. The competition was supported by the ICE UAE's sponsors: Al Naboodah (Platinum); Atkins and Maccaferri (Gold); and CH2M, Pell Frischmann, Ramboll, Parsons and Laing O'Rourke (Silver).