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Aecom engineer wins ICE graduate and students award

Aecom graduate engineer Samuel Donaldson has scooped £1,500 cash and the much coveted Institution Medal at the 2014 ICE Graduate and Student Papers Competition.

The competition provides an opportunity for those preparing for their professional review to practice writing and presentation skills.

Paper authors and their university or employer also receive the recognition that comes with having a paper published and winning a cash prize or ICE medal.

Donaldson was one of three graduate members who went head-to-head in the last round of the competition, which was held after a series of regional heats.

He won with his paper Bangor Drainage Area Plan Implementation Project which details research he undertook as designer and project manager for the construction of nine large pumping stations in environmentally sensitive urban areas of Bangor Co.

Second place went to Eleanor Earl for her paper Developing Guidelines for the use of Constructed Wetlands for Stormwater Treatment in the UK and third went to Paul McNulty of Wood Group PSN for his paper, Behaviour and Analysis of a Novel Skew Flexible Concrete Arch Bridge System.

Donaldson said winning the competition was a great experience: “The questions from the judges and audience were tricky, so I was glad I was able to get through to them. It was great to meet the other competitors as well,” he said.

ICE President David Balmforth, hosted the finals and also launched a new name for the competition. The new name - the Emerging Engineers Award - was chosen by ICE member Scott Sumner to reflect the commitment and value that ICE places in the next generation of civil engineers.

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