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Female Student Wins Steel Design Award

8 August 2005

Female Student wins SCNZ Student Steel Design Award

Left to right: Steel Construction New Zealand Manager, Clark
Hyland, SCNZ Chairman, Mike Sullivan, Fourth-year Auckland University
Engineering student, Idy Li, accepting this year's SCNZ Student Steel
Design Award, and representing The University of Auckland Faculty of
Engineering, Colin Nichols, Designer in Residence.


Idy Li, a fourth year civil engineering student at The University of Auckland, has won the Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) Student Steel Design Award.

SCNZ, a division of the NZ Heavy Engineering Research Association, makes the award annually to the Faculty of Engineering's top steel design student as part of its commitment to seeking the best engineers for the steel industry.

Beating 56 other students Idy topped her Structural Design 3 paper to win the award.

"The paper was a lot of hard work but it was a good learning experience that required me to work under design office conditions," says Idy.

Presenting Idy with a cheque for $500, SCNZ Chairman, Mike Sullivan, said one of the association's objectives is the promotion of New Zealand's steel construction industry.

"We want to encourage the next generation by promoting career pathways in a way that benefits the wider construction industry and the community in general," says Mr Sullivan

SCNZ Manager, Clark Hyland, also added that his association is pleased to have such a worthy winner for 2005.

No stranger to winning awards, Idy won first place for Lighting Design in the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Young Designer Awards while at Epsom Girls' Grammar School.

Since beginning her Civil Engineering Degree at The University of Auckland, she has consistently achieved A-grades and been named on the Faculty of Engineering's Dean's Honours List for her outstanding results.

Colin Nicholas from the University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, says Idy is an exceptional student with a bright future in engineering.

"We are also grateful of SCNZ's long association with the Faculty, as well as providing the scholarship they have supported us by providing handbooks and up to date industry information," says Mr Nicholas.


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