Spanish star hits Vegas jackpot

Antoni Sapina Grau has been crowned CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2016.

Antoni, who works for WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff, is the 21st winner of the annual award sponsored by Ruskin Air Management and the first Spanish graduate to secure the top prize of a trip to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, which this year takes place in Las Vegas.

He completed his MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel University having previously completed a BEng in Architectural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is a qualified BREEAM Associate, Low Carbon Consultant and was also part of the team that won this year’s Teambuild Construction Competition. 

Atkins’ Katie Ewing, who graduated from the University of Bath, was second; with Scott Mason of Lochinvar and the University of Northampton in third. The other finalists were Samantha Carlsson from Cardiff University and Hoare Lea; Richard Garthwaite of the Royal School of Military Engineering; Monica Madrigal from Universidad Politechnica Madrid/Foster & Partners; Farai Mwashita of Loughborough/Hilson Moran; and Samima Saqib from Heriot Watt (Dubai).

Katie received £600 and Scott £300 from the Rumford Club; and the Manly Trust made a presentation of £100 to the other five finalists.

The Graduate Award was part of the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the event also saw TUV SUD Wallace Whittle named Employer of the Year 2016. 

Atkins won the competition’s large company category and Method Consulting the prize for small employers. Wallace Whittle took the medium category and the overall prize. The other finalists were Hoare Lea; Max Fordham; and QODA Consulting.


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