The five finalists who will vie for the H&V News Graduate of the Year Award 2008 sponsored by Denco Air Conditioning have been announced.
They are Jayde Auston from London South Bank University; Mary-Ann Clarke from Brunel; Sophie Dickenson from Heriot-Watt; Conor Memery from Dublin Institute of Technology; and Morwenna Wilson from Bristol.
Each will give a live presentation during the final at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Westminster, on October 9. Their subject is 'How can building services engineers meet the challenge of delivering and maintaining sustainable buildings?'
The judging panel comprises Bill Harrison, ASHRAE President; John Armstrong Immediate Past CIBSE President; Richard Rooley, former ASHRAE President; Tim Dwyer, CIBSE/ASHRAE Group chairman; and Mark Shutler, managing director of Denco.
“Once again we are delighted to have such a high quality line-up for the 13th year of this prestigious award,” said Professor Dwyer, who will also chair the judging panel.
“The winner will be the ambassador for our industry at next year’s ASHRAE conference in Chicago and we are confident of finding a worthy recipient from these five excellent graduates.”
Two runners-up will receive bursary awards from the Rumford Club.
Following the awards presentations, Mr Harrison will deliver the annual ASHRAE Presidential Lecture. He will focus on how buildings can be operated better to deliver the energy efficiency that was originally designed into them. He will look at effective commissioning; improved documentation; and methods of providing better information and education for building users.
“If the studies are accurate, we have a no-regrets method to reduce energy use in buildings by 10 to 40 per cent, solely by improving building operations,” said Mr Harrison. “All we have to do is communicate and educate more effectively.”