Kenneth Severn Award 2013
One of the most prestigious Awards available, commemorating the memory and legacy of Past President of the Institution, Kenneth Severn (1972-1973) open to members and non members aged under 28.
The Papers Awards Panel makes a recommendation to the Executive Board on the Award. In reaching their decision, the panel considers; originality, value as a contribution to the profession of structural engineering and clarity of presentation.
The 2013 Panel was made up of the following people:
Joe Kindregan (Chairman)
Dr Jeffrey Fisher
Dr Paul Jackson
Prof Dennis Lam
Dr Allan Mann
The 2013 topic proposed by the current President of the Institution, Mr Y. K. Cheng, was How can structural engineers contribute towards disaster mitigation?
The question attracted a record number of entries from several countries, but the panel was delighted to recommend Joshua Macabuag to receive the Award.
His paper highlights the crucial role played by structural engineers in both the pre and post disaster situation. He further states that structural engineers are well placed in the infrastructure supply chain, possessing key core technical and managerial skills to help mitigate and recover from disaster events. The paper also draws attention to the fact that solutions to disaster problems are much broader than the technical input but must have regard to planning, government policy, knowledge transfer etc.
To read Joshua's paper, published in The Structural Engineer in June 2013, click here
In view of the record number and high standard of several entries, the Panel also awarded a Commendation to Stephanie Wheeler for her entry.