Opus International Consultants (Opus) is delighted that Graduate Geotechnical Engineer Gillian Steele from its Cardiff office is a finalist in this year’s Ground Engineering Next Generation Awards.
Gillian is recognised in the category ‘Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year under 26’. Dafydd Lloyd (Cardiff Office Director) said: “This level of recognition is thoroughly deserved. Since joining us in Cardiff as a graduate 12 months ago, Gillian has shown not only a high level of technical and professional competence, but also great energy and enthusiasm in her ICE and STEM Ambassador roles that is benefiting her peer group and the next generation of engineers.”
Gillian is a Construction Skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador, as well as the Vice Chairperson for the ICE Graduate and Student Group in South Wales. Whilst at University, Gillian spent ‘a year in industry’ placement with Opus in New Zealand and had the opportunity to see the destructive effects of the earthquake in Christchurch in 2011, which highlighted to her the importance of the interaction of structures with the ground.
This year, Gillian organised the “ICE and IStructE Young Professionals Ball” which was a huge success and attended by over 180 peers. In the office, Gillian has organised lunchtime squash sessions for her colleagues which promote a healthy work/life balance.
Gillian and the four other shortlisted candidates have been invited to present to the judging panels at an interview, which will take place in London on 14/15 October. The winners will be announced at an evening drinks reception on 19 November.