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Gary Corden
Gary Corden

Internal News - 03 October 2007

Graduate wins structural engineering award

Gary Corden, a graduate from the MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering, has been awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers' Model Analysis Award for 2007.

Gary used his final year MEng dissertation as the basis for his entry, beating off competition from other civil engineering students across the world.

His dissertation discovered that the strengthening of some specific types of structure using advanced composite materials can in fact lead to an unexpected weakening of the structure.

For the competition he submitted a 25-page document using a structural engineering model (physical and analytical) to solve the problem.

“It is exceptionally important work when set against the backdrop of the world's building stock being retrofitted and strengthened on a continual cycle,” said Professor Tim Ibell, Head of Department.

Gary’s results corroborated concerns of Professor Steve Denton, visiting professor in the department, and will now form the basis of a grant application to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by his supervisors, Professor Ibell, Dr Antony Darby and Professor Denton.

His winning report will be summarised for publication in The Structural Engineer journal.

“Gary was an exceptional student,” said Professor Ibell. “He continues our run of success in the award which our students have won, or been commended for, every year since 2001. It is an astonishing record and one in which we are very proud. In fact, this is the second year in a row that one of our graduates has won the full award.”

During his final year Gary also won the Institution of Civil Engineers' Prize for the best civil engineering student in his year.

His latest award will be presented to him on 25 October in a ceremony at the Institution’s headquarters in London.