Young engineers have Chicago in their sights

Eight young engineers and six companies have made the shortlist in this year's CIBSE Young Engineers' Awards, sponsored by Swegon Air Management.

The candidates

Shortlisted for the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year award are: Raphael Amajuoyi of Hurley Palmer Flatt and Loughborough University; Kathleen Hetrick, Buro Happold and University of Texas; Kiyomi Honjigawa, Buro Happold and Heriot-Watt University; Sharon Kidaha, Cundall and University of Sheffield; Lucas van Laack, Foster and Partners and University College London; Arton Merovci, Laing O'Rourke and London South Bank University; Ana Recio, Arup and University of the West of England; Baoying Tong, AECOM and University of Sydney.

The CIBSE Employer of the Year finalists are: Banyards and In Tandem Systems in the small employer category; Hurley Palmer Flatt and Elementa Consulting in the medium category; with Buro Happold and Norman Disney and Young shortlisted for the large company award.

Supporting young people

The Awards, which celebrate the industry's best examples of young engineering talent as well as employers' strategies for recruiting, nurturing and empowering young people, are hosted by the CIBSE ASHRAE Group in partnership with CIBSE's Young Engineers' Network.

It is yet another impressive line-up for these important awards. We are delighted to be sponsoring for the fifth year in a row and the quality on show fills us with optimism for the future.
— Kevin Munson, Swegon Air Management Managing Director

The final will be held at the London headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on 12th October with the winners announced on the night.

Showcasing talent

"The industry is clearly suffering the effects of serious skills shortages and lack of investment in training young engineers - yet we still see a procession of highly impressive and extremely talented candidates for these awards," said Swegon Air Management Managing Director, Kevin Munson.

"Building services struggles to attract its fair share of the best and brightest, but high profile events like this can make a major difference by showcasing talent and raising the profile of careers in our sector" added Mr Munson. "The finalists in both awards are evidence that, when we get our recruitment and training strategies right, the results are extremely rewarding."

The CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award is now in its 23rd year and has long been the most sought after accolade for young building services engineers.

Top prize for winner

This year’s winner will enjoy a fully paid for trip to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Chicago. The second and third placed graduates will receive £600 and £300 respectively from the Rumford Club and every other finalist receives £100 from the Manly Charitable Trust.

The judging panel includes the presidents of CIBSE; ASHRAE; and the IMechE along with the 2016 winner Antoni Sapina Grau of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff.

The Young Engineers’ Awards event on October 12 is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please visit; email: or call: 020 8772 3639 for details.