Howard Roscoe, 1970, aged 22
Now: Senior engineer, Kvaerner Cementation Foundations.
Qualifications: MSc, DIC, MICE.
Winning paper: Site investigation and embankment design using the Delft continuous sampler.
Then: Geotechnical engineer with Rendel Palmer & Tritton.
Afterwards: Moved to Taylor Woodrow in 1974, working in prestressed concrete construction. Came back to geotechnics with Arup in 1977 and stayed there until 1991. After that spent four years working for loss adjuster Thomas Howell, and since 1995 I have been involved with wall and pile design for Kvaerner Cementation Foundations.
Professional highs: Building a pressure vessel in Rosyth Dockyard; writing the CIRIA prop load report; but the best craic and hardest work was investigating the route of a pipeline between Cork and Dublin.
On the downside: Missing a deck pour on the A5 viaduct at Staples Corner.
Did winning have an impact on your career? Yes, the experience of presenting to a big meeting and the confidence gained have stood me in good stead ever since.
How did you spend the prize money? The first prize had to be spent on books. I bought Theoretical soil mechanics by Terzaghi and Critical state soil mechanics by Schofield & Wroth (both are still in very good condition!).