A Coleg Llandrillo Engineering student who graduated this summer, was recently awarded the title of 'Best Young Engineer' for 2018 by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

28-year-old Owen Bracegirdle from Llanrug, Caernarfon, who graduated with a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, was presented with the award at the institute's annual awards dinner at The Kinmel in Abergele.

Owen's tutor David Roberto was so impressed with his student's end-of-year dissertation, that he suggested to Owen that he should submit it as a scientific paper to the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation Wales.

It centred on how Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda, working with the company Tensar, could use their mountains of slate quarry waste in road construction, thus making a product that would make road building more economic, whilst recycling industrial waste in the process.

Owen works for Egniol, which is based in Bangor and is an independent multi-disciplinary engineering, environmental and project management consultancy.

Assistant Principal at Coleg Llandrillo, Kevin Potts, said:

Well done to Owen on being recognised within the field of Welsh engineering. This is an excellent achievement, both for Owen and our dedicated Engineering staff.

The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation Cymru Wales awards celebrate the best of highways and transportation. Other award categories on the evening included 'Transportation Project of the Year' and 'Environmental Sustainability Project of the Year'.

The after dinner speaker was the Welsh rugby international Ryan Jones, who captained Wales 33 times, including when the team won the grand slam in 2008 and 2012.

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) is a charity, learned society and membership body with 12 UK regions and a number of international groups. CIHT represents and qualifies professionals who plan, design, build, manage and operate transport and infrastructure, and is the natural home for all people working in highways and transportation infrastructure.

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