Chartered Engineer of the Year Award – Shortlist and Projects Revealed

Chartered Engineer of the Year Award – Shortlist and Projects Revealed

25 October 2018 at 17:37
Chartered Engineer of the Year Award – Shortlist and Projects Revealed
 
Six finalists are in the running for the prestigious Chartered Engineer of the Year Award title at the forthcoming Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2018, held in association with ESB.
 
Sponsored by Arup, the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award is selected from the large number of engineers who achieve their Chartered title in a given 12-month period. The Chartered Engineer title is granted by Engineers Ireland to professional engineers who, through a rigorous review process, have shown their ability to apply their professional competencies in the workplace. 
 
The shortlist is as follows:
 
Dr. Julie Clarke, Chartered Engineer
Project title: INFRARISK - Novel indicators for identifying critical INFRAstructure at RISK from natural hazards 
Having completed her Masters in Structural Engineering at University College Dublin in 2011, Julie developed a keen interest in research activities and chose to pursue a PhD. Her research, funded by the Irish Research Council, developed more reliable risk assessment processes to prevent settlement-induced building damage due to tunnelling in soft ground conditions. In 2017, Julie joined Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG) as Head of their R&D sector where she manages several research initiatives on the topics of transport infrastructure safety, geothermal energy and geohazard assessment for renewable energy developments. 
 
Hugh Cunningham, Chartered Engineer
Project title: Harnessing Digital Technology and Innovative Design Standardisation in ESB
Hugh is the Head of High Voltage Substation Design Standards at ESB International where he manages specialist substation designers that develop innovative solutions for use on the Irish grid. A native of Killybegs, Hugh graduated from DIT Kevin Street in 1999 with an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering. He then joined ESB International as a Substation Design Engineer and has successfully completed many substation projects in Ireland and overseas. Hugh is very active in the global CIGRÉ substation community and has been the Irish representative on a number of international working groups. 
 
Katie Higgins, Chartered Engineer
Project title: A Risk Assessment Tool to Plan and Implement Drinking Water Safety Plan Upgrades for Major UK Water Utility
Katie is a graduate of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. Following graduation, Katie participated in a water engineering internship in Peru, before joining Stantec Consulting as an engineerin-training, working on municipal water projects around Southern Ontario. On foot of relocating to the UK, Katie worked for Severn Trent Water, a large utility in the midlands, in a number of roles, starting with Research and Development and then joining the Process Design Team. Katie relocated to Ireland in 2017 and now works in the Galway Water Team at RPS Consulting Engineers. 
 
Aoife Murphy, Chartered Engineer
Project title: Earthquake: The Silver Lining - An Opportunity in a Time of Disaster
Aoife is a Chartered Engineer with over ten years’ experience in the design, assessment, repair and construction of building structures.  A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Aoife has gained experience both in Ireland, with PM Group, and New Zealand, where she spent over six years carrying out assessments of earthquake-damaged residential buildings throughout Christchurch. Having joined David Kelly Partnership in March 2018, she has worked on a number of conservation projects, including Swords Castle, Drumcullen Church ruins and Youghal Town Wall repairs. 
 
Captain John Murphy, Chartered Engineer
Project title: Engineering for the Irish Army Ranger Wing: Engineering Solutions to increase the Operational Capability of Ireland’s Special Operations Forces Unit, the Army Ranger Wing
University of Limerick graduate, John Murphy is an Engineer Officer with the Irish Defence Forces. In both 2013 and 2017 John was deployed to South Lebanon as the Engineer Officer with the Irish Contingent of the United Nations peace keeping mission. John has worked as an instructor in the School of Military Engineering and since 2015, he has worked as the designated Engineer Officer providing engineering support to Ireland’s Special Operations Forces Unit, the Army Ranger Wing. 
 
Mahnaz Rashedi, Chartered Engineer
Project title: Control System Design for Milk Process Plant in Lakeland Dairies
Mahnaz holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic and an MSc degree in Control Engineering from Bahonar University. For over 10 years she has worked as an electrical instrumentation and control engineer in a wide range of industrial plants and has extensive experience in design and commissioning of SCADA and DCS of process plants.  In 2016, Mahnaz joined Finning Ireland where she successfully designed and delivered power generation systems for three large data centre projects in Dublin. She is currently involved in the development of a novel visualisation tool for communication signals of Caterpillar’s control system
 
Speaking in advance of the Excellence Awards ceremony, award sponsor Donal McDaid, Infrastructure Businesses and Services Group Leader at Arup commented: “Arup helps to shape a better world and we are proud to sponsor an award category that contributes to the engineering profession and society.  This category truly reflects our commitment to the continuing development of professional expertise and ethical practice and we look forward to announcing the winner of this prestigious category on 9 November”.
 
For more information on the Excellence Awards, please click here.