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Prizes for ctional engineer role models


A FRIEND of Lara Croft, a Roman aqueduct builder and an electrical engineer have won prizes for their creators in the ICE's st Engineering Media Challenge.

The gongs went to computer game Lara Croft: Legend, for the character Anaya; Robert Harris' protagonist in Pompeii; and David Lindsley's self-published book Far Point.

Awards went to authors who promoted engineering through their characters, inspiring people to develop an interest and possibly a career in engineering.

The lead character in Robert Harris' Pompeii builds aqueducts, and was considered to be a positive role model.

The same was true of the character Anaya, a civil engineer from the Lara Croft Tomb Raider game.

Both were judged as positive role models, spreading the gospel of engineering, and so picked up £5,000 prizes.

However, David Lindsley's Far Point won a special prize of £1,000 because it presented a positive image of an engineer, but fell down on distribution, although it is available online.

The prize is the legacy of outgoing ICE president Gordon Masterton. The awards used £30,000 of his own money, along with funds from the ICE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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