Published: 09 December 2015

Surrey graduate named NCE Graduate of the Year 2015

Civil Engineering graduate Michelle Hicks received the accolade of top graduate having been described as ‘scarily good’ by the panel of judges.

Now working as an engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering professional services consulting firm, Michelle was named NCE (New Civil Engineer) Graduate of the Year at a special awards lunch on 27th November. Beating off competition from some of the highest-achieving graduates from universities across the UK, she impressed the panel of judges with her academic success, engineering achievements, innovative ideas and enthusiasm.

As NCE Graduate of the Year, Michelle receives a cash prize and will get the opportunity to give her input to high level strategy in her sector by sitting on government committees and working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President over the next year.

The NCE Graduate of the Year 2015 is the latest in a string of awards Michelle has won over the last few years, which have included the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Engineering Architecture Prize and the University’s Atkins prize for her dissertation, which was an analysis of the vaults under London Bridge station. In addition she was named the Consultant of the Future at the ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards.

Michelle is currently working in the Highways & Bridges team at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff where she is involved in a variety of projects including the redevelopment of Old Oak Common  Station to create an interchange between High Speed 2, Crossrail, the Great Western Mainline and the Heathrow Express.

Michelle said, “We are living in an exciting era for civil engineers where the use of technology is increasingly driving efficient delivery of ground breaking projects. These awards celebrate the contribution of graduate engineers and, in doing so, promote the fantastic career opportunities available within the construction industry.”

Mark Hansford, editor of NCE magazine, commented, “It is fantastic that we at ‘New Civil Engineer’ are able to recognise and reward the outstanding talent in our industry. All six finalists this year were absolutely superb: technically astute, technologically aware, globally focused and truly inspirational…but of our winner, our judges said simply ‘scarily good’. So special congratulations go to Michelle Hicks, NCE Graduate of the Year 2015.”


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