Now: Lecturer in geotechnics, University of Surrey.
Qualifications: MA, PhD.
Winning paper: geophysical seismic tomography.
Then: Employed on a graduate teaching company scheme jointly between University of Surrey and Wimpey Laboratories.
Afterwards: Stayed at Surrey to complete my doctorate, moved to consultant Gibb for a year, then back to Surrey as a lecturer in the geotechnics group.
Professional highs: Becoming an academic.
On the downside: Site work in winter.
Did winning have an impact on your career? Not directly, but I now recognise that writing, presenting and defending a paper - and attending an international conference as part of the prize - was a very valuable experience.
How did you spend the prize money? Can't remember any money, but I still have the rather nice decanter.