Issue date: 28 April 2003

ISSUE DATE: 28/04/03

A Civil Engineering student from the University of the West of England has won the prestigious Baroness Platt of Whittle award. The award is to be presented to Ben Whayman who is currently studying part time on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering award at UWE. The award is given by the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) and based on why the student thinks he will be a talented engineer in the future. The award is open to all university students from all IIE accredited degrees in the country

Ben Whayman said, “I am obviously delighted to win this award. Initially I had to prepare a 1,500 word report which outlined the reasons why I thought I would become a talented engineer in the future. As a result of this I was shortlisted and had to give a presentation to the judges.

“I focused on my current work project which is based on Dartmoor in Devon where I am responsible for Site managing a large diameter water main which is being laid across the Moor. Many aspects beyond the engineering challenges need to be considered when working on a project in an area of great natural beauty. Designing a route that will minimise the environmental impact is paramount. Tree clearance, ensuring that we do not pollute rivers or disturb areas of scientific significance are of great importance as is protecting the local inhabitants like badgers, bats and dormice.

“I think I impressed the judges by presenting my project in a way that showed how I used my academic background to consolidate my practical experience. I’m delighted with the £1,000 prize money which I intend to spend on a new computer.”

Dr Ghassan Nounu, Lecturer in Construction Management, at UWE nominated Ben for the award. He said. “I was very impressed with the way Ben applied his academic study to the practical tasks he is engaged in during his everyday work. I think he fully deserves to win the prize.”
The Baroness Platt of Whittle award will be presented at a special ceremony on 29 April at The IIE Annual Dinner in London


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