A promising Teesside graduate has been awarded a prestigious award by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East for engineering excellence.

Mark Simpson, who graduated with a first class honours degree in BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering at Teesside University, was presented with the ICE Student Prize.

The ICE Student Prize is awarded at a national level to the best civil engineering student at universities running courses, which the Institution accredits.

Mark achieved an overall mark of 77%, having consistently being awarded 70% or greater throughout his four year, part time course. This included a 90% grade in his Geotechnical Engineering final year module, as well as 80% in Structural Engineering and Materials – another of Mark’s final year modules.

Mark said: “This award success has come as a very pleasant surprise and one that I am extremely proud of. I have worked hard over the last four years, as I have balanced my studies with employment and other commitments, and I am delighted to have graduated with a first class honours degree.

“I would like to thank my tutors and the Institution for their support over the years, which has helped me progress to where I am today. I am now looking forward to building on these successes and forging a highly successful career in the industry.”

ICE Regional Director Penny Marshall said: “Mark has performed exceptionally well over the course of his degree, and his ICE Student Prize is fully deserved. The award is presented to the top performing student, who demonstrates drive and determination to succeed in the industry, and it is keenly contested each year.

“Mark is a credit to the profession and has a bright future ahead of him within civil engineering. I would like to wish him all the very best.”