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Dollars for scholars

Dollars for scholars

Engineering, planning and management services consultancy Beca awarded a total of $6,000 in prizes to three of the University of Canterbury’s outstanding engineering students at a function in Beca’s Christchurch office recently. Electrical and computing engineering student Jane Man, and civil engineering students Gregory Cole and Kristen MacAskill were each presented a $2,000 scholarship.

The annual prizes, established in 1990 to promote excellence in engineering, are awarded to third-year engineering students of the University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering, based on academic performance, personality, contribution to community and potential to contribute to professional engineering.

When presenting the award, Beca’s regional manager (South Island), Craig Price, said, “Not only are the winning students excellent academic performers, they are also outstanding young members of the community who have shown real all-round potential to make a great contribution to the engineering profession. We look forward to them becoming professional engineers and leaders in their fields.”

Beca is working with the University to increase the level of support they offer to the College of Engineering. A number of new initiatives are planned, including further scholarships and guest lecturing.


Note to editors

Beca in Christchurch: The Beca team in Christchurch comprises over 90 staff and has delivered many landmark projects including Otira Viaduct, Jade Stadium, South Christchurch Library and Service Centre, North Otago Irrigation Scheme and Christchurch Airport.

Beca: Established in 1918, Beca is the largest New Zealand-owned professional services company employing 1600 staff in 13 countries, with projects in over 63 countries. In addition to Christchurch, Beca also has offices in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Dunedin, and recent projects include terminal expansion at the Wellington and Auckland International Airports, Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland, Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Sky Tower and Casino Centre in Auckland, Manukau Wastewater Treatment Plant in Mangere, Auckland City Hospital and the 338m Macau Tower in China. The employee-owned practice designs and supervises projects with a total value over NZ$2,400 million annually. Beca is ranked 89th in the top 200 international design firms (Source: Engineering News Record 2004). Beca is AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 certified, and has won over 50 awards in the last five years alone.

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