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Young engineer wins prestigious award with innovative paper

Ove Arup graduate engineer Lee Franck has won the prestigious Institution medal at last week’s 2010 ICE Graduate and Student Paper Competition final (GSPC).

Franck was one of three graduate and student members who went head-to-head in the last round of the competition, which rewards the young member with the best civil engineering paper.

The national competition saw entries on a range of topics − from how trees influence the performance of rail tracks through to the work conducted on a bridge fatigue assessment project. But Franck’s paper on innovative ways of opening a footbridge caught the attention of the judging panel and audience of students, graduates and industry leaders.

GSPC chair, Wei Liu, said: “The standard of this year’s finalists was extremely high and the final was very competitive. However,Franck presented her new and complex ideas with much scope for personal and future development. Her project excited the audience so much that the time allocated for Q & A ran out!”

Franck said: “I am very excited to have won and about the fact that people want to see my bridge built.”

Leeds Metropolitan University and Atkins sponsored the competition. The winner receives a £1,500 prize.

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