Early career and educational awards:

In 2003, I was one of six Highly Commended applicants in the New Civil Engineer Graduate of the Year competition.

In 2002, the Institution of Structural Engineers awarded me their Young Researcher Award with a bursary of £1000 to study in France and complete my final year dissertation in partnership with INSA Lyon, a prestigious French technical university.

2002 was also the third year of my M.Eng. degree course, when my exam results were joint highest in my class of around 60. I was jointly awarded the William Dudgeon Award for Academic Achievement by the University of Edinburgh's Engineering School. My exam results in previous years had been mediocre so I had made big changes in organising myself and persevering with difficult concepts. Winning this award was an honour and gave me great confidence and self belief.