Date of release: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A national award rates University of Greenwich civil engineering undergraduate Pablo Gonzalez Garcia as one of its top ten students in the UK.

Pablo, who will complete his MEng sandwich course in the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science next year, was a top ten finalist in the TARGETjobs Undergraduate Awards 2015 for Construction, Engineering & Design, sponsored by Laing O'Rourke.

Deborah Sims, Senior Lecturer in Greenwich's Department of Civil Engineering, says: "This is a tremendous accolade, recognising Pablo's great commitment to his studies and his work placements.

"He is an excellent student, enthusiastically taking on the technical challenges of all aspects of his course and putting these into practice, alongside the communication and team working skills which are essential in the workplace."

To earn his place in the finals, Pablo completed a series of challenging online assessments. He was then shortlisted to compete in an assessment day, where he took part in a range of activities testing his interpersonal skills.

Pablo says: "I found the judging process for this award exciting and enjoyable. I learned how companies, such as Laing O' Rourke, test and assess engineers when they are recruiting and the qualities they are looking for."

Pablo joined the Faculty of Engineering & Science, at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus, in 2011 after leaving The British School of Aragon, in Spain.

During his studies he has worked as a placement engineer with MGF Excavation Support Systems, Manchester, and as a civil engineer trainee in London. He also focused on the challenges of constructing a scaled-down oil rig when taking part in a construction activity week for students and professionals.

Pablo used his third-year project, examining the impact of a flood from a glacial lake on the construction of a hydroelectric dam, as the basis of a presentation he gave to the Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers.

To find out more about studying with the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci

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