Three UCL CEGE alumni among the NCE Graduate Awards finalists

22 December 2015
New Civil Engineer Graduate Awards

New Civil Engineer Graduate Awards

Congratulations to Alexa Bruce, Matthew Stevens and Ahmad Khattab, UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) alumni who all reached the finals of the New Civil Engineer Graduate Awards 2015.

The NCE Graduate Awards celebrate the very best in graduate talent in the Civil Engineering world, and are judged by senior directors of the companies sponsoring the awards. The prizes were presented at an awards ceremony at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 27th November 2015, with a final shortlist of six graduates also in attendance.

“The awards have become the hallmark of excellence for our graduate engineers and an inspiration to all those embarking on a career in civil engineering.” said David Balmforth, President of the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Alexa Bruce, MEng Environmental Engineering First Class and now at Arup, came joint third along with CEGE classmate Matthew Stevens, Civil Engineering First Class and now at Alan Baxter. Also among the six finalists at this year’s awards was fellow CEGE alumni Ahmad Khattab, BEng Civil Engineering First Class and now at WSP Parson Brinckerhoff.

The world needs students and engineers who are innovative thinkers and willing to challenge and change the nature of engineering, and CEGE has long recognised that such students will not all come from traditional engineering backgrounds.

In 2006, the department took the bold decision to drop the maths and physics A-level requirements for its undergraduate programmes, recognising that universities were missing out on bright, engaging, creative students. Alexa and Ahmed both benefitted from these revised entry requirements, being offered a place at UCL without studying physics at A level.

“Arup relies on the great skills and capabilities of the people within it, which need to be constantly refreshed. We are immensely proud of Alexa’s achievement in being shortlisted for NCE Graduate of the Year Award. This is a terrific accolade for her hard work and dedication.” said Tim Chapman, Infrastructure London Group Leader at Arup.

Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering said, “We’re thrilled that our alumni are doing such great work in Industry. This affirms our commitment to producing graduates that change the world.”


Read more about the winners on the New Civil Engineer website.

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