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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Reanna Evans of NG Bailey has been named as the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2018.
Reanna was selected from a shortlist of eight finalists during an event sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters; Kingspan Industrial Insulation, Swegon UK&I and the CIBSE Patrons.
The CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards have been celebrating the industry’s best examples of young engineering talent for 23 years and the vital role of employers who champion the next generation of engineers through a commitment to education, on the job training and mentoring. The ceremony was held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London.
Reanna, who wins a VIP trip to the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta next January, is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University and is a senior project engineer at NG Bailey. She joined the company as a first year building services engineering apprentice in 2011 before going on to achieve a first class honours degree in Building Services Engineering.
She was recently elected chair of the Building Engineering Services Association’s Future Leaders group and is a mentor and STEM Ambassador for the North West.
First runner up was Hannah Müller-Jones of Buro Happold and the University of Nottingham, who received a £600 bursary from the Rumford Club. The second runner up was Gemma Taylor from Atkins and the University of the West of England, who wins £300.
It is only the second time in the 23-year history of the award that women have filled all of the top three places. The other five finalists all received £100 from the Manly Trust.
The Graduate Award finalists each had five minutes to make a presentation to the packed IMechE lecture hall. Their topic was: ‘Recent events have raised questions about how the industry manages and monitors professional competence and upholds technical standards. What does this mean to you as an engineer and where does the engineer’s responsibility begin and end?’
This was also the subject of a highly stimulating debate featuring the 2017 Graduate of the Year Raphael Amajuoyi and the Presidents of the three supporting professional institutions: Sheila Hayter of ASHRAE; Stephen Lisk of CIBSE; and Tony Roche of the IMechE along with Rumford Club chairman Geoff Prudence.
BESA President Tim Hopkinson, who launched the Future Leaders initiative at the start of his presidency, expressed his delight at Reanna’s success.
“It is a great accolade for any young engineer to win this prestigious award. However, it is a source of special pride that not only does this year’s winner work for a building services contractor, but she is chair of BESA’s Future Leaders group and is a fantastic role model for young women who could be attracted to a career in our industry,” he said.
“The Graduate Award was historically dominated by young consultants, but it has evolved to reflect the collaboration that is reshaping our industry and the breaking down of out-dated professional divisions and silos led by a new generation of talented and motivated engineers.”
For more information and details about how to enter next year’s awards visit www.cibse.org/yea
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