Woking engineer wins prestigious regional Emerging Engineer Award

Akshaya Chapagain, an engineer from Woking, was awarded the London region’s prestigious annual award for best emerging engineer on Monday 8th February.

Akshaya is presented with the ICE London Emerging Engineer Award 2016
Akshaya is presented with the ICE London Emerging Engineer Award 2016

Akshaya Chapagain, who was born in Nepal and grew up in Woking, attending Bishop David Brown School in Sheerwater and Woking College, received the Emerging Engineer Award in London for his paper and presentation on bridge design.

At the ceremony, organised by the London Graduates and Students Committee, Chapagain went head to head with the four other shortlisted engineers by presenting to a panel of judges made up of senior members of the industry.

Chapagain’s paper and presentation focused on an innovative bridge design solution called “Integral Bridges” which, relative to traditional bridges, provide simplified construction and maintenance, improved load distribution and cost effectiveness in the long term. Chapagain presented a feasible, economical and sustainable solution of how implementing tire chips backfill can allow for the design and construction of Integral Bridges beyond the currently recommended guidelines.

Chapagain, who works for Balfour Beatty as a Site Engineer on the South East Section of Crossrail, will now go on to compete for the 2016 Emerging Engineer Global Award, seeing him compete with ICE members from across the world for the highly coveted Institution Medal.

On winning the Emerging Engineer Award, Chapagain said: “The Emerging Engineers Award organised by the student and graduate members of the ICE provided me the opportunity to share my research findings in one of the largest engineering platforms. As a result, I can further represent and promote Balfour Beatty, University of Portsmouth and more importantly inspire and influence the next generations of engineers to partake in similar events hosted by the ICE.”

Suzanne Moroney, ICE London Director, said: “A huge congratulations to Akshaya for winning this prestigious award. The quality of the papers and presentations at the Awards shows the fantastic amount of engineers we have in the Capital who are coming up with new and innovative ideas that will transform the way people live across the world. The best of luck to Akshaya as he goes on to compete with engineers from around the world for the international prize”.

Award Judging Panel:

  • Aaron Matthew, Civil Engineer, Transport for London and ICE Presidents’ Apprentice (Chair)
  • Dr Sas Majlessi, Director of transport Infrastructure at Pell Frischmann
  • Paul Chambers, 2015 Global Emerging Engineer Award winner
  • Keith Bowers - Professional Head for Tunnel Engineering - London Underground