Amajuoyi and InTandem win young engineers' awards

Raphael Amajuoyi of Hurley Palmer Flatt has been named as the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year for 2017 and InTandem Systems is the CIBSE Employer of the Year.

Raphael was selected from a shortlist of eight finalists and InTandem came out on top after six firms reached the final stage of the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards sponsored by Swegon Air Management.

The ceremony was held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London and also saw the presentation of the IMechE’s special achievement award to Jo Harris of Eli Lilly. 

Celebrating young talent and commitment

The Young Engineers’ Awards have been celebrating the industry’s best examples of young engineering talent for 22 years and also recognise companies who champion the next generation of engineers through a commitment to education, on the job training and mentoring for more than a decade.

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Winning prize

Amajuoyi, who wins a VIP trip to the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago next January, is a graduate consultant in the energy and sustainability development team at Hurley Palmer Flatt. He gained a BSc in architectural engineering and design management and an MSc in low carbon building design and modelling from Loughborough University.

Runner up prizes

First runner up was Ana Recio, who works for Arup and graduated from the University of the West of England. She wins a £600 bursary from the Rumford Club. The second runner up was Kiyomi Honjigawa of BuroHappold Engineering and Heriot-Watt University, who wins £300. The other five finalists all received £100 from the Manly Trust.

As well as being overall winner, InTandem Systems won the small employer category of the Employer Award ahead of Banyards. Elementa Consulting took the medium category with Hurley Palmer Flatt in second place. Norman Disney and Young won the large category ahead of BuroHappold.

Is engineering an art?

The Graduate Award finalists each had five minutes to address the topic: ‘Is engineering an art and should building services professionals be more creative in the way they approach projects?’ This was designed to reflect the presidential theme of CIBSE President Peter Wong, who was one of the judges.

Record submissions

“We had a record number of entries this year from all over the world,” said chair of judges Tim Dwyer CEng FCIBSE. “The quality of presentations was higher than ever and it was a fantastic experience for the eight young finalists to present to a packed lecture theatre and to the presidents of CIBSE, ASHRAE and the chief executive of the IMechE.”

The 2017 finalists and sponsors.

The 2017 finalists and sponsors.

ASHRAE President Professor Bjarne W. Olesen, also took part in the judging before delivering the UK’s annual ASHRAE Presidential Lecture. His topic was the influence of occupant behaviour on indoor environment and energy use in buildings.

Hope for the future

“It was a terrific event and the performance of the young engineers in front of a packed conference hall should give us great hope for the future of our industry” said Swegon Air Management's Senior Marketing Executive, Josh Emerson (pictured above with the finalists). 

“Recruiting and retaining young people is a major challenge for the building services sector, but many employers are clearly doing the right things and putting good strategies in place.

“We have been supporting these awards for five years now because they play an important role in showcasing emerging talent and encouraging young people to consider careers in building engineering professions,” added Josh.

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