Now: PhD research on road damage mechanics at Cambridge University.
Qualifications: MEng, ACGI.
Winning paper: Vacuum drainage to accelerate submarine consolidation.
Then: I had just started at Cambridge. The winning paper was based on a final year MEng project at Imperial College.
Afterwards: Continued with my doctorate research at Cambridge and - coming from St Lucia - like to spend my summers back home.
Professional highs: Summer work on a St Lucian road project, and doing the undergraduate research programme at Imperial.
On the downside: Waiting to know whether I could get a scholarship to continue studying.
Did winning have an impact on your career? I appreciated the opportunity to attend a geotechnical conference, meeting other engineers and viewing tunnelling work on the associated site visit in Madrid.
How did you spend the prize money? A flight home.