Ramboll graduate engineer wins geotechnics accolade

24 November 2015

Jack Taggart, a graduate engineer from Ramboll’s Ground Engineering team in Southampton, has just won the Undergraduate Student of the Year category at the GE Next Generation Awards.

GE Undergraduate of the Year 2015 - Jack Taggart. Ramboll

GE Undergraduate of the Year 2015 - Jack Taggart. Ramboll

The awards celebrate the most talented young engineers in the ground engineering industry and highlight what a career in this sector can offer both to individuals and society.

A great understanding of soil mechanics

The Undergraduate Student of the Year category is open to candidates who are currently studying for, or who have recently completed, an undergraduate degree in an engineering geology or geotechnics-related subject. Jack and three other shortlisted candidates, from Birmingham University/Atkins, Imperial College and UCL/Atkins, were invited to discuss their skills and knowledge with the judging panel. In addition to academic achievements, they also had to demonstrate a passion for ground engineering and an understanding of the development of the science of soil mechanics.

Praising Jack’s “great understanding of soil mechanics and application of academic knowledge into practical solutions” the judges said he was a “good example of what an undergraduate can achieve in a short space of time”. They were also impressed by the amount of responsibility he had been given at such an early stage in his career.

Jack initially joined Ramboll in 2013, as one of the first candidates in a new industrial placement programme undertaken in partnership with the University of Portsmouth. Stephen West, Ramboll Geotechnical Director comments: “Once Jack arrived in the office, he impressed everyone with his enthusiasm, work ethic, but also maturity. Several times colleagues in other departments assumed he had a number of years’ experience based on his performance on projects and were genuinely surprised to hear he was an undergraduate.”

Since rejoining Ramboll in July 2015 as a graduate engineer, Jack has been working on a major new ports project where he has been applying his knowledge by presenting new ideas and fresh ways of thinking. He has also recently participated in Ramboll’s 2015 Graduate Design Challenge.

Competing for GE’s Rising Star Award

Jack, who was also shortlisted in the Undergraduate Student category in 2014, and his fellow GE Next Generation Award winners will now compete for the Rising Star of the Year accolade at 2016’s Ground Engineering Awards. His win marks the end of an excellent year for our Ground Engineering team who were also shortlisted for six 2015 Ground Engineering Awards and succeeded in winning the UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of over £3M category for The Queensferry Crossing.

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