Civil engineering student honoured for research into design of Covid testing tents

Hepzi Rattray

HEPZI Rattray has been named the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland’s Emerging Engineer 2022 after producing a paper on the viability of scaffold in the structural design of Covid-19 testing tents.

The research carried out by Hepzi, a 24-year-old final-year student studying civil engineering with architecture at the University of Glasgow, focused on testing tents in developing countries and concluded that scaffold is the ‘perfect solution’.

Hepzi said, “Scaffold is inexpensive, durable and available globally which means cheap, secure testing facilities could be available anywhere in the world. I aspire to an engineering career in which I will be working towards a sustainable future and designing for the global community and this report was one small step in that direction.

“I am delighted and very proud to have received this award and would like to say a huge thank you to ICE Scotland as well as Linda Brown at the University of Glasgow and Polly Morris at Momentum for their help and support.”

Runner-up for the award, which acknowledges excellence in civil engineering ideas and research, was Ethan Jones, a 24-year-old graduate geotechnical engineer in cementation with Skanska. His paper explored what history can teach engineers in their fight against climate change.

Ethan said, “Sustainability is an issue close to my heart. This whole experience will help me remain focused and dedicated to making engineering and construction part of the solution.”

ICE Scotland chair David Cole commented, “We were delighted with the quality of this year’s entries and it was a very close call between the winner and runner-up. The talent and enthusiasm of both candidates shone through in their presentations, and what was particularly striking was the different nature of their approaches to the key issue facing engineers – namely how we get to achieve net zero.

“It is heartening to see the future of engineering in such safe hands.”