Atkins’ Baskaran Ramanatham was named Engineer of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2018. ALEC’s Paul Cooke followed Ramanatham as this year’s Highly Commended Engineer of the Year.

In deciding the Engineer of the Year, the Construction Week Awards 2018 judging panel was asked to identify the individual who best demonstrated their technical ability as an engineer, but who has also shown willingness to pass on their knowledge to less-experienced colleagues.

Ramanatham has spent a long career with Atkins, along the way working on megaprojects such as Dubai Metro, Makkah Metro, Jeddah Airport, and Riyadh Metro. He was commended for the jury for his work not only on these mega-developments, but the development of his soft skill-set as well.

Cooke, meanwhile, has been described by his colleagues as a team player and a constant innovator.

The judges were impressed by this individual’s ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with other project stakeholders; his role as a mentor in the company; and his work on notable, high-profile projects, such as Expo 2020 Dubai.

Alongside Ramanatham and Cooke, this category’s shortlist included Bharath Kumar Reddy from Larsen & Toubro (Oman); Mohammad Dehalia from KEO International Consultants; Jihad Diab from Black & White Engineering; Vanja Dimitrijevic and Kareem Ruhi from WME Global; and Yassmin Al-Khatib from Ramboll.

An independent panel of judges, comprising eight of the Middle East’s foremost construction experts, selected winners in 13 categories at the Construction Week Awards 2018.

Construction Week Awards 2018 were supported by Gold Sponsors ALEC, ASGC, Arabtec, and Al Naboodah; Silver Sponsors Future Metro, Unimix, and WME Consultants; Category Sponsors Construction Computer Software, Acrow, JLG, and Ramboll; returning Social Media Partner, WSP; Content Partner UGC Factory; and Post-Event Celebration Sponsor, Bam International.