10 July 2019
Bristol – Liz Tripptree, an apprentice civil engineer with PBA, now part of Stantec, has been named Apprentice of the Year at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards.
The 2019 ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards reached its conclusion in Bristol on Thursday 27 June with a prestigious awards dinner. The evening recognised the fantastic contribution made by civil engineers, individually and collectively, from across the region.
Liz was among several ICE members who were recognised for their individual expertise and contribution to the profession. On receiving the award, Liz commented:
“I’m so excited to have received this award. I’m also grateful to work with such supportive people who have helped me with my career development so far. I still have a few years left of my degree and apprenticeship so I’m incredibly excited about what’s to come. Volunteering in Borneo made me see how important and innovative civil engineering is – it has a huge impact on our day-to-day lives and I hope there will be more young people out there who will join this dynamic and fascinating industry.”
Liz is passionate about using engineering to drive social opportunities and deliver benefits for local communities around the world. In 2018, she travelled to Mantanani island in Borneo where she repaired and built structures essential for local villages. Often building materials were scarce and she used her knowledge to help create buildings using only recycled materials collected from nearby beaches. Liz began her volunteer work following her successful application for the ICE’s Kenneth Watson Quest Travel Award. Liz was also successful in her application for financial support from PBA’s Brett Communities, which covered the cost of her flights to Borneo.
Liz’s manager, Richard Smith, Senior Associate, Civil Engineering, said:
“This award is testament to Liz’s enthusiasm for the profession, and her application both in and outside of work. When we reviewed the judging criteria Liz had numerous examples for each, including volunteer work in Borneo, giving talks at her old school, and multiple examples of innovative problem solving. Her attitude is outstanding; she is fully deserving of this recognition and we couldn’t be more delighted for her. “