Brenda Shonkwiler, an assistant engineer at consultants Gifford has won the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Young Structural Engineer of the Year Award for 2007.
The award acknowledges young engineering talent, recognising those who demonstrate outstanding performance and show exceptional promise. Brenda will be receive a prize of £1,500 and a certificate of commendation.Shonkwiler's case study project was the £25 million South Bromsgrove High School, a three-storey building, with a steel-framed sports hall forming an additional wing to the main building.The judges noted that not only did Brenda clearly describe her work and her learnings, she also demonstrated that she was an integral part of the design team. The person who nominated Brenda said, 'Once in a while you get Engineers that join your organisation who are competent in many and sometimes all areas of your business. I believe Brenda is one such engineerI have found her ability to be quite exceptional for her years.'Oliver Edwards, a Graduate Structural Engineer with Scott Wilson, has been awarded the runner-up prize and will receive £500 and a certificate. Oliver's project was Blyth Jex High School in Norwich, which is a £9.5 million scheme and has only just commenced the construction phase. The judges noted that Oliver demonstrated a good technical understanding of the project as well as the educational and social aspects underlying it.