Student Awards 2020 finalists announced

The AECOM Student Award winners for 2020 have been decided. The award recognises engineering students who've completed a practical work requirement with an ACE New Zealand member firm and submit an outstanding Practical Work Report. 


ACE New Zealand Chief Executive, Paul Evans says the judges were impressed by the calibre of entries this year.  

''The Student Award looks at engineering student's Practical Work Report and how well they can describe their work experience with an ACE New Zealand member firm, and how well they can observe the firm's approach to students and graduates.  

The winning entries were detailed, yet concise, well-articulated and well-illustrated.  

We want to expose the potential of engineering students starting out in their career, and the Student Award gives them the kudos and recognition to help them on their way.  

This year, all winners of the award are women. It reflects the higher percentage of women who're studying engineering at our universities than ever before. It's a great start in closing the diversity divide'' says Paul.  

There were 16 entries in total from the University of Auckland, the University of Waikato and the University of Canterbury.  

Winners receive $1,500 prize money and are awarded their prize at the 2020 ACE Awards. 

This year's winners are: 

Githmi Amarasekera – University of Auckland 

Githmi Amarasekera

traveller at heart, Githmi completed her work experience with ACE New Zealand member WSP in Auckland and is in her final year of study.  

Read more about Githmi Amarasekera 

Devina Shedde – University of Auckland 

Devina Shedde

Devina Shedde fell in love with art history and old monuments from a young age so much so that she studied engineering and art history at university. She completed her studies in 2019 and is currently working.  

Read more about Devina Shedde 

Alice Ying – University of Auckland 

Alice Ying

A love of Lego led Alice to study engineering, plus she enjoyed physics and chemistry in high school. Alice is currently completing her final year in Geotechnical Engineering and completed her work experience with ACE New Zealand member firms Aurecon and Beca.  

Read more about Alice Ying