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Young Structural Engineering Professional Award

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Showcase your skills, achievements and how you’re driving the profession forward, and become an ambassador for the Institution.

The Young Structural Engineering Professional Award promotes the accomplishments of young structural engineers. It’s an internationally recognised mark of achievement and marks you out as “one to watch” amongst the Institution’s global membership.

The award is open to Institution Graduate Members or above. You must also be aged 30 or under.

The deadline for applications was 17:00 BST, 20 April.

The winner will receive a £1500 cash prize and two tickets to the Structural Awards 2018 ceremony. The runner-up will receive a £500 cash prize.

Entry requirements

Your submission must include:

  • 250 word opinion piece: You must write a paper which answers the question ‘what is your vision of the future of structural engineering?’
  • Poster presentation: You may submit up to three posters in PDF format (A1 size), about a project or projects that you have been involved in. The posters should show the technical aspects of the design, and demonstrate your own input to the project. It is up to you to decide how you split up the posters – you may wish to focus more heavily on one project or equally across the three
  • Video recorded presentation: You are required to produce a video presentation (max. 5 minutes). Please spend approx. 3 minutes on your poster presentation and approx. 2 minutes focussed on your opinion piece
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Endorsement from your employer or sponsor member: You must supply an endorsement. This must be from either your employer or a professionally registered member of the Institution (max. 300 words)

Judging criteria

Entries will be reviewed by the judging panel against the following criteria:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Personal involvement on one specific project
  • Knowledge of structural engineering and the profession  
  • Quality of written and verbal communication, and clarity of presentation
  • Breadth and variety of experience

Benefits of entering

  • You’ll be recognised as “one to watch” amongst the Institution’s global membership. Your hard-work and dedication to the industry will be recognised and promoted by the Institution, helping to further your career.
  • You will work with the Institution to publicise your achievements through our website, enews and social media.
  • You will also be called upon to act as ambassadors of the profession, for example contributing (where appropriate) to panels, forums, events and webinars. At times, there may be some involvement through national, regional and trade media.
  • You will receive a £1500 cash prize and two tickets to the Structural Awards 2018 ceremony – the industry’s most prestigious awards event and a fantastic opportunity to network with industry peers. The runner-up you will receive a £500 cash prize.

Prizes will be presented at the annual People and Papers Awards Luncheon, held on 7 June 2018 at a Central London venue.
* The Institution may use your video presentation in any future Institution marketing.


2017 Award

William Arnold MIStructE was named Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year 2017. 

Will was recognised by the Institution for his work on innovative projects like the Fubon Tower in Tapei, Taiwan (a skyscraper located in an earthquake-prone part of the world), a whiskey distillery in Scotland (featuring an innovative timber roof the size of five football pitches), and projects like the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion, on which he worked with world-famous artist, Ai Wei Wei.

Will, who has worked for Arup for the last seven years, was inspired to become a structural engineer at the age of 14, when a family friend mentioned that he’d worked for the company that helped to design the Sydney Opera House. 

“That was a turning point for me: I immediately decided that structural engineering was what I wanted to do for a living, and chose my A-Levels based on the fact,” said Will. 

“I am absolutely delighted to win the Award – I never thought that I might actually win. The first thing I will do with my prize money is buy everyone in the office an ice cream.”

The 2017 runner up was named as Brad Nichols, Associate Director, Robert Bird Group who was commended by the judges for his problem solving and leadership abilities.

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