The Dr John Hill Award

Published: 04/10/2016

The winners of this year's Dr John Hill Award have been announced by the Northern Ireland Regional Group.

Graduate Award: ‘Victoria Square Development, Woking’ by Conor Hannigan, Doran Consulting

Conor, who is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Doran Consulting, said:

“Working as a graduate engineer on the Victoria Square Development has exposed me to the complexities and challenges of high-rise structural design. My involvement required me to research and then apply design engineering principals unique to this type of construction and has greatly helped with my development as a young engineer.

"Presenting to a room of my peers was a daunting task but one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was honoured to be awarded the Dr John Hill Award considering the quality of all the presentations on the night. Overall it was a great experience and one which I would recommend to all graduate members.”

Student Award: ‘Web Crippling Behaviour of Cold Formed Steel Structures’ by Ying Lian, Queen's Univeristy Belfast (QUB)

Ying, who completed her PhD in 2016 at QUB, said:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my three and a half years researching the web crippling behaviour of cold-formed steel structures at Queen’s University Belfast. I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my time there and in particular my supervisors Dr. James Lim, Prof. Wei Sha and Dr. Gasser Abdelal. It was a privilege to present at the IStructE Graduate and Student Papers Competition and I am delighted to have won the John Hill Award.
Michael Shaw, Northern Ireland Regional Group Chairman, said:

"This year's entrants should be congratulated on the technical standard of the papers they submitted and also the quality of their presentations. This competition is very important to the Northern Ireland Regional Group and goes from strength to strength each year.

"I have been privileged to be a judge for the last 3 years and it never ceases to amaze me how well the Graduates and Students present on the evening and how much preparation work they have put into their papers - it bodes well for the future of our Regional Group. Well done to all who took part".

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