Paul Chambers wins the 2015 Emerging Engineers Award

Congratulations go to Paul Chambers, from Skanska UK and ICE London region, who has scooped a £1,500 cash prize and the much coveted Institution medal at the 2015 ICE Emerging Engineers Award Competition Final.

From left to right: Keith Clarke, Athanasios Angeloudis, Paul Chambers (Winner) and Robert Best
From left to right: Keith Clarke, Athanasios Angeloudis, Paul Chambers (Winner) and Robert Best

The Emerging Engineers Award showcases the work of ICE's young engineers and is open to all ICE graduate and student members with papers on engineering design, research or practice. Heats take place across the ICE Regions with authors giving presentations of their papers, followed by lively question and answer sessions. The winning papers go forward to the top-level judging panel to be whittled down to just three finalists.

Paul won the final with an outstanding paper on ‘Investigation and Analysis of Temporary Propping at Crossrail Paddington Station’, which brought to life the link between detailed technical standards and the safe and cost-effective delivery of major infrastructure projects.

Paul said of the competition and his experience gained, “I am incredibly proud to have won the Emerging Engineers Award, especially considering the strong competition across the ICE. The competition provides an excellent opportunity to practice paper writing skills and have your work challenged by experienced members of industry. This makes it ideal if you are sitting to write your professional review, and is excellent practice for presenting engineering ideas in the workplace or at university”.

Wei Liu, chair of the judging panel, said that Paul was selected as the winner as he “took a subject considered to be a dry and technical and made it interesting, relevant and enjoyable”.

When asked about the competition and its impact on developing emerging engineers, Keith Clarke, ICE Vice President and host of the final, said: “our future is dependent upon our young engineers, not only answering great questions but actually defining the questions. The three finalists tonight show that the next generation can meet that challenge.”

Second place went to Robert Best, representing ICE Northern Ireland, for his paper ‘Borders Railway Project - Reopening Bowshank Tunnel after 45 Years’ and third place went to Athanasios Angeloudis, representing ICE Wales, for his paper, ‘Computational Modelling of Multiple Tidal Lagoons along the North Wales Coast’.

Enter the 2015 - 2016 competition

You can win prize money both in the local competition and at the main final – with £1,500 and the Institution Medal for the overall winner - not to mention recognition for your work and something great to put on your CV. Regional heats are held around the UK and in some international areas from November onwards, dates vary. Get in touch with your local ICE office to find out when yours is being held. If you'd like advice to set up a competition in your local region, contact us at