Mehdi Kashani, 25, won first prize with a presentation explaining his research into corrosion in concrete bridges.
His work was chosen from more than 20 entries, all of which were assessed on style, subject matter, and content.
“The south branch competition was a very entertaining evening, with the finalists showing a great depth of knowledge in their subject areas,” said ICE competition judge Annie Silver.
“Mehdi’s paper stood out as he was able to present the complex mathematics of the subject in a way that could be understood by specialists and non-specialists alike”, she said.
Kashani’s paper, Modelling of chloride induced corrosion service life of concrete bridge half-joints, will now be entered for the national final.
Commenting on his research, Kashani said: “I love my job and take great pride in doing my little bit for the industry, whether that’s helping at school events or through research and presentations like this.
“I look forward to presenting again at the national final.”
Three finalists will be selected from the regional winners of the Graduate and Student Papers Competition. They will go on to present their papers in the national finals, to be held at One Great George Street on the 19 June.