Engineering Science Graduate receives "New Civil Engineer" Graduate Award

David Rowlinson, graduate of the Department of Engineering Science (Hertford College, Oxford 2008) and currently working for Hyder Consulting’s Rail Team in Warrington, recently received a “highly commended” prize at the New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine’s Annual Graduate Awards ceremony in London.

David RowlinsonNCE Awards recognise construction’s best all-round civil engineers who graduated in 2008. A record number of 120 graduates entered and a group of senior engineers, from NCE’s sponsoring companies, judged them all, subjecting the top six to gruelling interviews. David was one of three “highly commended” entrants and received a prize for £250. In total there were six winners sharing prize money of £2,700.

Since leaving Oxford, David has been chosen by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to be a North West Chairman's Apprentice, which involved promoting the industry to the public. David has also been selected for Hyder Consulting’s (a multi-national advisory and design consultancy that specialises in transport, utilities, property and environmental solutions) “Top Graduates” scheme. He has been voted Vice Chairman for the ICE Cheshire Branch (one of the youngest ever), and was selected as a delegate on the Royal Academy of Engineering three-year Executive Engineering Programme. David said: “All of these achievements have contributed to my success, resulting in the “highly commended” at the NCE Graduate Awards”.

Of his time at the Engineering Science Department, David said: “The diverse range of subjects taught at the Department not only trained me to be a good engineer, but also provided me with the skills to analyse business and management problems. While other graduates may have excelled at following British Standards and Building Codes, I have been able to solve problems and understand the underlying principles. This has helped me develop solutions which exceed Hyder’s, and our clients’ expectations. However, it’s the confidence at discussing complex problems which has been the biggest boost. Don't underestimate the skills learnt when you are discussing difficulties during tutorials - these are what will set you apart as a graduate from Oxford University”.

David was sponsored through University by Hyder Consulting and by the Institution of Civil Engineers. While at Oxford he gained a distinction in his prelims and became a Hertford College Scholar. Each summer he worked with Hyder and began professional development towards chartership. David was involved with the Royal Academy of Engineering's Best/Engineering Leadership scheme - leadership training weekends on Dartmoor being the highlight. In his final year he participated in the 4th Year Project Competition, receiving a highly commended prize.

At Hyder, the "Top Graduates" scheme has provided David with opportunities to accelerate his career and has so far included working on bidding for a Crossrail station and a £10million fee Network Rail framework.

David is now aiming for the next milestone in his career, which is to get chartered with the ICE. Longer term David wants to be involved in major projects and manage his own team. He will spend his NCE “highly commended” prize money towards buying a house and getting married!

Acknowledgements: "New Civil Engineer".