OXFORD GRADUATE Thomas Makin last week won the ICEjudged Best Civil Engineering Student award, sponsored by Amec, at this year's Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) awards.
His research into timber gridshell structures won praise from the judges for identifying the need for genuine research into an area where there is no published data or design codes.
Driven by an enthusiasm for timber and the desire to promote sustainable design, the project even led to development of an impressive novel design technique for gridshell structures using this medium.
SET judge and incoming ICE president Quentin Leiper said: 'Thomas won most notably for his exceptional understanding of engineering principles and great creative skills.
'He demonstrated a level of expertise and understanding well beyond the usual expectations of a recent graduate.' The SET Awards are the UK and Republic of Ireland's biggest awards for science and engineering undergraduates and are organised by the World Leadership Forum.
The multidisciplinary awards ceremony took place in London's Royal Courts of Justice on 21 September and 45 students from a range of science and engineering sectors were short listed in 15 different categories.
Makin said: 'I didn't realise I was short listed until the last minute and wasn't expecting all the Oscar-style ceremony, so I was really chuffed when my name was called.'