CIBSE recognises rising stars and exceptional employers at Young Engineers Awards 2022


CIBSE Young Engineers Awards (YEAs) 2022 recognises future industry change-makers, as they address the big questions around the role of engineering in delivering a safe, healthy, and sustainable built environment for all.

Judges named Sana Hafsa the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year, after her engaging presentation on inspiring engineers to work collaboratively and holistically to deliver high-performance buildings. Sana is a distinguished architectural engineering graduate, currently working with AESG to deliver sustainable and smart megaprojects in the Middle East and North Africa region. Sana studied at Heriot-Watt University, where she was a team leader of an intercultural group of over 100 students who designed and constructed an integrative home for the Solar Decathlon 2021.

The Apprentice of the Year Degree (level 5-7) went to Louis Kimber, with Harvey Hudson scooping the corresponding award for Apprentice of the Year Technician (level 3-4). These awards recognise the invaluable contribution made by apprentices in building services engineering and related occupations. The award is split in two to recognise apprentices at every level, celebrating those who have gained their skills and knowledge through a combination of coursework and on the job experience.

Kevin Mitchell, CIBSE President opened the YEAs, praising the dynamism, commitment and engagement demonstrated by those shortlisted. Sharing his experience of being named the first ever CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year in 1996, Kevin emphasised the role of these awards as a driving force in his early career.

“It is certainly my experience that recognition at the early stages of your career can act as a motivator, contributing to a feeling of being valued, inspired, and supported within your field. My employer provided me with opportunities, just as our shortlisted employers are making a difference to their graduates and apprentices.”

Six employers were shortlisted for the CIBSE Employer of the Year award, recognising their commitment to supporting and developing young engineers.

Employers are asked to demonstrate how they place young engineers at the centre of their business and invest in their career progression, with clear strategies for recruiting, nurturing, and empowering them.

FairHeat was named the overall winner, along with winning the small company category. CPW and AECOM received awards for the medium and large company categories respectively.

The awards took place on 11 October 2022 at the RIBA, London. They were delivered in partnership with ACV InternationalIdeal HeatingLochinvar, LLCSwegon GroupViega LLC and CIBSE Patrons.

See this year’s CIBSE Young Engineers Award winners and runners up below:

CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2022: Sana HafsaAESG and Heriot-Watt University

Second place (£600 prize provide by the CIBSE Patrons): Conor Deane, JV Tierney & Co. Consulting Engineers and National University of Ireland

Third place (£300 prize provided by the Manly Trust): Eyob KibromAECOM and LSBU Global

CIBSE Apprentice of the Year Technician (Levels 3 – 4) – Harvey HudsonVital Energi Utilities Limited

Second place: Xantha SmeeOtis Elevator Co.

Third place: Daniel BaileyDerry Building Services

CIBSE Apprentice of the Year Degree (Levels 5 – 7) – Louis KimberAtkins

Second place: Lewis ColeingCPW

Third place: Matthew Nash, Jacobs

CIBSE Employer of the Year – FairHeat

Small Company Category (<50 employees) – Fairheat

Medium Company Category (51-300 employees) – CPW

Large Company Category (>301 employees) – AECOM

The prestigious annual awards scheme brings together the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award, the CIBSE Employer of the Year Award, and the CIBSE Apprentice of the Year Award. The three awards aim to recognise and reward the innovative thinking, hard work and skills of graduate engineers and apprentices, whilst also showcasing employers of all sizes who demonstrate commitment to developing and encouraging young talent.

Find out more about the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards

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