Former Surrey students named NCE Graduate Awards finalists
Two of Surrey’s star Civil Engineering graduates have been nominated for the prestigious NCE (New Civil Engineer) Graduate Awards 2017.
Christian O’Brien (pictured), now an Assistant Engineer for Bellway Homes, and Irosha Gunatunga, who works for BAM Nuttall’s Rail Division, are both graduates of Surrey’s MEng Civil Engineering programme. In being named finalists in the NCE Graduate Awards they follow in the footsteps of previous Surrey alumni – including Michelle Hicks, who went on to become NCE Graduate of the Year 2015.
Sponsored by NCE, the magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Graduate of the Year awards aim to recognise the brightest and best graduate talent in the industry. For the first time, this year’s Awards will honour a winner in each of three categories: graduates working for clients, consultants and contractors.
In the competitive shortlisting process, Christian and Irosha impressed the expert panel of judges with their academic and extracurricular activities at University and what they have achieved in their careers since then. They also had to describe what they would seek to achieve as NCE Graduate of the Year, and answer the question: ‘What major civil engineering project (past or present) would you change and why?’
The next stage of judging will take place on 3 November when the finalists will each make a presentation to the judging panel.
Dr Tony Thorne, Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, commented: “It is a great feather in the cap for the Department to have a nominee for Graduate of the Year but to have two is fantastic news. The two former students on the MEng programme have made great use of their academic achievement and early career development. Congratulations and all the best go to both of them on behalf of the Department.”