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First assignment for NCE's 2005 Graduate of the Year Nicholas Chamberlain from Atkins Rail was to tackle construction minister Alun Michael on the future of the industry earlier this week. Meeting Chamberlain and runners up Troy Melhuish from Arup and Natalie Cropp from Tony Gee & Partners, Michael praised them for being 'role models both as professional engineers and responsible citizens'.

After discussing topics such as urban regeneration, nuclear power and the importance of encouraging more young people into civil engineering, Micheal said: 'I found them to be frighteningly bright with wide ranging interests and a deep commitment to making the world a better place'.

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