Engineering Science Graduate is "Highly Commended"

Henry Tayler, who graduated from the Department of Engineering Science with a First Class degree (Somerville College, Oxford 2009) and is currently working as a Graduate Geotechnical Engineer for Arup, recently received a "highly commended" prize at the prestigious New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine’s Annual Graduate Awards ceremony in London.

Henry TaylerPeter Hansford, Institution of Civil Engineers President, said:”This is an exciting time to be starting out on a career in civil engineering. There is a growing acceptance in society of the value of our infrastructure and a recognition that our health and prosperity depend on it.

The judges of NCE Awards, were looking for ‘all-round academic and engineering skills, with emphasis on enthusiasm, initiative and leadership potential.’ Judges’ Chairman and NCE Editor said: “The quality of our near record 120 entrants was exceptionally high this year and it was very tough choosing just six finalists.

Henry, who was one of three “highly commended” finalists, received £400 prize money. It was Henry’s ‘design work on the foundations of a prestigious national museum building in Doha, for the Qatar government, that caught the eye of the all-engineering judging panel. “He exhibits a refreshingly challenging approach to design work,” commented the judges.

During his time as an undergraduate at the Department of Engineering Science, Henry ‘served as Chairman of the University’s joint consultative committee, representing the views of over 600 fellow students from the entire engineering faculty’. In his leisure time Henry enjoys dismantling and rebuilding jeeps and motorbikes, and has a City & Guilds qualification in chain sawing and driving tractors and diggers.

Acknowledgements: “New Civil Engineer