Halifax engineer lands top university award


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TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT: Shafakat Bashir receives his award

TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT: Shafakat Bashir receives his award

Student who received highest mark in his year is recognised

A dedicated and gifted student from Halifax has been awarded with the prestigious award at Leeds Beckett University.

24-year-old Shafakat Bashir, was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers   (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize after achieving a first class honours degree in civil engingeering.

He achieved the highest mark of any full-time student in his year.

Halifax resident Shafakat is going on to study for a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

The ICE Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize is awarded alongside the national ICE Student Award at universities in the region  and comes with a certificate of merit and £50.

The ICE, which presented the award, has thousands of members across Yorkshire and the Humber, for whom it provides continuing professional development, as well as acting as a voice for the civil engineering profession.

Members range from students and apprentices at the start of their career, to world renowned professionals at the top of their field.

Josie Rothera, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Leeds Beckett University and an active member of the ICE, said: “Shafakat is a determined and dedicated individual who has completed his three-year undergraduate degree with diligence.”

She added: “He is also highly commended for his dissertation on ‘The effects of microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) on the permeability of lacteritic soils’.

“Shafakat is clear as to his future career and has chosen to undertake a Masters’ degree.

“Shafakat will no doubt excel in his future studies and career.

“Shafakat is one of hundreds of civil engineering students graduating from Yorkshire’s universities this summer, all of whom have the opportunity to go into one of the most socially useful and rewarding careers there is.”

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